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Klinkel, Thomas
Thomas Klinkel Collection on George McGovern
Public Policy Papers
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9 boxes
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-9


Collection of material relating predominantly to George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign. Includes organizational charts, press releases, publications, reports, speeches, family and campaign photographs, slides, audiotapes, and campaign publications.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of material collected by Thomas Klinkel relating to three George McGovern political campaigns in South Dakota. The majority of the collection refers to McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign and includes organizational charts, press releases, publications, reports, speeches, family and campaign photographs, slides of Vietnam, cassettes and tapes of speeches, radio and public service announcements, and campaign posters. In addition, the collection contains a notebook relating to McGovern's 1968 senatorial campaign as well as correspondence relating to his senate re-election campaign of 1974.

Collection Creator Biography:

Klinkel, Thomas

Thomas E. Klinkel is a lawyer from South Dakota, the son of Norma Klinkel and Vernon (Bud) Klinkel of Brookings, South Dakota. He served as the North and South Dakota coordinator for the 1972 George McGovern presidential campaign. Prior to his work with Senator McGovern, Klinkel graduated from South Dakota State University in 1968, received a Masters Degree from the University of Americas in Mexico in 1970, and served for two years in the U.S. Army.

Collection History


Gift of Thomas Klinkel in 1990 . The accession number associated with thes gift is ML.1990.030.


Appraisal at accession not required, as per the accession record on file.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John DeLooper in April 2009. A series-level description and finding aid were written by John DeLooper at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Thomas Klinkel Collection on George McGovern; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-9