Guide to the Papers of William Dunfey, 1952 - 1991Manuscript MS-1039

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of William Dunfey, 1952 - 1991

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1039

Collection Dates:

1952 - 1991

Size of Collection:

26 boxes (39 linear ft)

Abstract:

William "Bud" L. Dunfey; (1925-1991) hotelier, New Hampshire political activist and donor. Dunfey served on the campaigns of politicians such as John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and was also appointed to the UN by President Carter. The collection includes both personal and professional papers, including correspondence, financial records, drafts of works by Dunfey, campaign information on both the national and state level, and information on the many organizations Dunfey supported.

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Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains the papers of William Dunfey. Included is correspondence, memos, notes, minutes from meetings of the Dunfey Group and Omni Hotels; pamphlets, newsletters, and more from organizations such as the Center for Constructive Change, the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, and the New England Circle and others; information from political campaigns of NH politicians; drafts of works by Dunfey, particularly his unpublished autobiography "This Was My World"; correspondence with, campaign materials and records of campaign contributions for NH state politicians; correspondence, financial records, and business records from the New Hampshire Times, WorldPaper, and the Spectator; trustee materials about UNH, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital; and materials from Dunfey's time at the UN.

Biography

Born October 10, 1925 in Lowell Massachusetts, William Dunfey was the 6th of 12 children. He enlisted in 1943 and served overseas as a Marine in the Pacific during the second World War. Upon returning from the war, Dunfey attended the University of New Hampshire and received his Bachelor's and Master's degree. After the war, Bill and his brothers bought a clam shack at Hampton Beach, and founded the Dunfey Hotels chain (which was later absorbed by Omni Hotels). Years later the brothers formed the Dunfey Group, a venture capital firm. A prominent figure in NH politics, Dunfey gave considerable amounts of money to both Democrats and Republicans. He served on the campaigns of numerous Democrats, working for both Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy. In addition, he was appointed to the UN by President Carter as an alternate representative for the 34th General Assembly. Dunfey supported numerous activists groups and social organizations, including the Center for Constructive Change, the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, and the New England Circle. He was a trustee of both UNH and Dartmouth Medical School, and also created or helped support numerous publications in New Hampshire, including the monthly news magazine the Spectator, the international news service WorldPaper, and the New Hampshire Times weekly. He died February 9th, 1991, at the age of 65.

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Box: 1, Dates: 1971-1991

Contains an oral history interview with William Dunfey; a "My Turn" article by Julie Dunfey, dated May 24th, 1992; correspondence; information about political contributions; newspaper and magazine clippings; copies of Dunfey's obituary, and copies of "The Spectator" from March of 1991.

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Box: 2, Dates: 1974-1990

Contains correspondence and materials on Bruce Babbitt's campaign; correspondence with and material on Senator Bentsen; articles from the Boston Globe; Boutin for Governor campaign materials; material on historic preservation in Vermont; Frank Cain for US House campaign materials; Jimmy Carter for President campaign materials; Sylvia Chaplain for Congress campaign; information and publications from open-government group Common Cause; material from the Constitutional Convention of 1974; correspondence with Ken Curtis; materials on and from the Democratic National Committee; copies of the "Democratic Review;" correspondence from the Democratic Forum/Review; materials from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; correspondence with William Dodds; correspondence with and articles by Dusko Doder; materials on Jim Donchess; correspondence with and material on Dudley Dudley; correspondence with Steve Dunfey; material on John Durkin; election materials from 1990; correspondence with Donald Ephlin; and correspondence with Eileen Foley.

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Box: 3, Dates: 1959-1990

Contains publications about Vietnam by the Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs; correspondence with Doug Fraser; correspondence with Curtis Gans; correspondence with and articles about William Gardner; correspondence with Dick Goodwin; materials on NH Government reorganization; correspondence with and materials on Joe Grandmaison; correspondence with Senator Gary Hart; correspondence with Senator William Hathaway; correspondence with Ned Helms and materials from his campaign for Congress; correspondence with Jean Hennessey; materials on the Ireland project; two program books from the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner; clippings from numerous newspapers; Democratic National Convention materials; materials from Joe Keefe's campaign for Congress; NH campaign plan for Edward Kennedy; information on Edward Kennedy's campaign for President; materials on Wayne King's campaign for state senate; correspondence from Paul Kirk; and materials from Madeline Kunin's campaign for Vermont Governor.

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Box: 4, Dates: 1972-1988

Contains correspondence with John Hearney; correspondence with and material from Senator Patrick Leahy; correspondence with Richard Leonard and others about outstanding campaign debts; materials from the 1974 Democratic Convention in Kansas City; materials on Eugene McCarthy; information on Paul McEchern; contains correspondence with and articles by Mary McGrory; correspondence with Senator Thomas McIntyre; political mailing lists; materials on the Markis Memorial Scholarship; materials on the Mayaguez Incident; materials on the "Middle Man Project"; articles and a copies of "Democratic Review"; correspondence with Frank Morgan; the December 18, 1974 issue of the Farmington News; materials from Edmund Muskie's campaign; materials from the National Council to Control Handguns; materials from the National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution; correspondence with J.D. Nelson; and invitations, programs, and other materials from the New England Circle.

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Box: 5, Dates: 1974-1991

Contains invitations, programs, articles, and other materials from or on the New England Circle; correspondence and other materials from NH Catholic Charities, Inc.; materials from the NH Charitable Fund; materials about the NH Democratic State Committee; information on the NH Electoral Coalition; correspondence with James O'Connell; correspondence, magazines, and other materials on the Odyssey House of New England; correspondence with Zhai Shuyao; correspondence with Chen Ruining; information about the Charles Holmes Pettee Medal Award received by Dunfey; correspondence, newsletters, and other materials from Phillips Exeter Academy - much of it on the Committee to Enhance the Status of Women; travel plans and brochures from Penny Pitou Travel; copies of "Private Line"; copies of "The Drum Beat"; correspondence with Bernard Rapoport; materials on the construction of Seabrook Station nuclear power plant as well as discussions of evacuation plans; and correspondence, newsletters, and other materials from the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League.

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Box: 6, Dates: 1973-1991

Contains materials from the Small Business Association of N.E., including a speech given by Dunfey; correspondence with Roger Toll; correspondence with and materials about Sharon Sopher and Harry Belafonte; materials on the funding and filming of "South Africa: Witness to Apartheid; correspondence with Robert Stein; correspondence, magazines, reports, newsletters, and more about the Sundance Institute; correspondence with Jay Thompson; correspondence with and information on Jim Varn; materials on the Vietnam Project; materials from and on the Women's Information Service (WISE); flyers, programs, and other materials from the New England Circle; materials from the New Hampshire Action for Peace and Lasting Security; materials from the New Hampshire Charitable Fund Student Aid Advisory Committee, including minutes, summaries of meetings, and programs; materials from the New Hampshire Committee on National Security; materials from the New Hampshire Council on World Affairs; materials from Partners: A Global Action Team; and materials from Seacoast Comprehensive Health Systems, including minutes, correspondence, and agendas.

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Box: 7, Dates: 1984-1991

Contains materials from the Trust for New Hampshire Lands, including correspondence, board of trustees minutes, and pamphlets; materials from the UNH Foundation, including correspondence, invitations, minutes of meetings, and more; correspondence, papers, and other materials from the UNH National Development Committee; materials concerning WorldPaper's 10th anniversary, material on WorldPaper's circulation and share holding, and articles on the paper's growth; reports and other materials by Barry McMennamin on WorldPaper; newsletters and other materials from World Times, the parent company of WorldPaper; and minutes, notes, publications, financial statements, and other materials from WorldPaper Executive Committee Meetings and WorldPaper Board Meetings.

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Box: 8, Dates: 1980-1990

Contains memorandum and correspondence from WorldPaper; newsletters, advertising guides, readership survey, financial statements and other publications from WorldPaper; memorandum, newsletters, correspondence, articles, financial statements, conference papers, application materials for tax-exempt status, and other materials from Young Ideas, Inc.; articles about "The Spectator," as well as memorandum, correspondence, business plans, contact lists for subscribers, form letters to subscribers, and letters received about "The Spectator."

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Box: 9, Dates: 1986-1990

Contains pamphlets and newsletters about Earth Day, 1990; newsletters, press releases, and correspondence from the Granite State Coalition; summaries of board meetings, correspondence, articles, and newsletters from Mediators Productions, Inc.; correspondence with Mark Gerzon; materials from Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Assembly of Overseers; and materials on DHMC ad hoc Governance Committee.

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Box: 10, Dates: 1988-1991

Contains DHMC's 1989 Annual Report; the bylaws of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital; committee agendas for hospital meetings; a folder with the capital budget of MHMH for fiscal year 1990; information pamphlets by DHMC; trustee board meeting minutes for MHMH; finance committee notes for MHMH; and a slide show for Dunfey Hotels.

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Box: 11, Dates: 1952-1990

Contains a Dunfey Hotels slide show; newspaper clippings; copies of hate mail received by the Dunfeys; a notebook by the Youth Policy Institute; materials from The Fund For New England; copies of "Business NH" and "New Hampshire Business Review", "Mother Jones", "The New Yorker"; a notebook about the Great Depression; materials on the formation of "The Spectator"; a notebook on NH population trends from 1977 to 1988; a copy of "Presidential Primaries in New Hampshire Politics" by Dunfey; newspaper clippings on NH politics; newspaper clippings and magazine articles about Robert Kennedy; miscellaneous newspaper clippings, most of them concerning politics; a copy of "Bigger Means Better: An Outdated Model for Planning" by Dunfey; magazines about Ted and Robert Kennedy; "The Organization and Discipline of The Democratic Party in the State of New Hampshire", "The Labor Union as an Employer", and "Democratic Procedures During A Labor Union Strike", all by Dunfey; and the February 1991 issue of "Yankee" with an article on The Union Leader.

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Box: 12, Dates: 1966-1988

Contains newspaper clippings and other materials from the 1980 presidential campaign; materials from Hugh Gallen's 1978 campaign for NH governor; articles about the Dunfey family; correspondence and articles discussing the possibility of Dunfey running for Senate in 1974; copies of speeches and statements given by Dunfey; correspondence; plans for the Norwich Center; campaign extras "The Spectator"; planning for 1988; a photograph of Dunfey with Hugh Gallen as Governor; correspondence with Tom Ewing; materials about donating to and construction of the Richie McFarland Children's Center; materials from a dinner for Jack Dunfey; copies of the February 24, 1980 issue of the Boston Globe Magazine; a Spanish language manual for Dunfey Hotels; material on the South-North News Service; a historical report on The Parker House Hotel in Boston MA; materials about the Democratic party in NH; and weekly planners for 1965-1970, and 1977.

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Box: 13, Dates: 1971-1989

Contains weekly planners for the years 1971-1980 and 1985-1989; a personal contact book; material on the New Hampshire Times; copies of depositions in the case New Hampshire Times, Inc. v.s The Chronicle Publishing Company; numerous articles, correspondence, and other materials about the New Hampshire Times rise and fall; and materials on World Times, Inc.

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Box: 14, Dates: 1970-1986

Contains the bylaws and regulations of the New Hampshire Times; correspondence and memos from New Hampshire Times editors; application letters for those seeking an editorial position at the New Hampshire Times; legal information on the New Hampshire Times; financial records of the New Hampshire Times; materials on the building housing the New Hampshire Times; materials covering the planning that went into the creation of the New Hampshire Times; correspondence and other materials about the Vermont Times; salary and benefit information for the New Hampshire Times; sales and advertising figures for the New Hampshire Times; business plan for the New Hampshire Times; the purchase and sale agreement for the New Hampshire Times; and notes from meetings of the New Hampshire Times board.

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Box: 15, Dates: 1978 -1988

Contains materials from the Innkeeping Institute of America; notes from meetings of the New Hampshire Times Board of Directors; correspondence with Jackson, Jackson, and Wagner; correspondence with Jay Thompson; correspondence with attorneys about the New Hampshire Times; a report on politics in Vermont; memorandum on the salaries of the Dunfeys; notes on Omni Hotel budgets and car allocation; materials on World Paper, including a business plan and analysis; materials from Omni Hotels, including guest plans; materials from the Aer Lingus-Dunfey board of directors meetings; stock purchase agreement for Aer Lingus-Dunfey; the annual Dunfey plan for 1978; information on acquiring new Omni hotels; and information about the sale and purchase of the Berkshire Hotel.

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Box: 16, Dates: 1955-1987

Contains employment contracts and compensation programs for the top management of Dunfey Hotels; correspondence with Jon Canas and Jim Stamas; information on the Dunfey brothers' salaries; materials and correspondence on the Coldwell Banker franchise; materials on a settlement with AETNA; Compensation Committee notes, correspondence, and other materials; sales and purchase information about the Bedford Mall and the Maine Mall; correspondence concerning Devon Investments; correspondence with Eugene Soles; planning materials for Dunfey Hotels; financial records; Dunfey Family annual reports and plans; materials from Aer Lingus; policies and procedures manual for Dunfey Hotels; copies of "Drumbeat' and other publications concerning the Dunfey family; correspondence with Bruce Anderson; materials on the Boston Observer; materials on the Campaign for Ratepayers Rights, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and articles; and information on the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League.

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Box: 17, Dates: 1978-1990

Contains materials from the Program for International Perspectives; a copy of The Boston Tab, New Hampshire Profiles, and "In These Times;"correspondence with Thomas McCarron; correspondence with John Cole; correspondence with Peter Cox; materials about the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; a pamphlet about the New Hampshire Times; materials about New Home magazine; materials about the New Hampshire Times and the Maine Times; information on Dunfey's honorary Doctorate of Law degree from UNH; copies of editorials concerning Diane Dunfey; information on a trip taken by Jack Dunfey in 1987; correspondence with Jim Ewing; articles and clippings from the forum on NH's future; a copy of "The Spirit of New Hampshire"; materials from the Forum on New Hampshire's Future; pamphlets, correspondence, and other materials from the Giraffe Project; newsletters from Granite State Public Radio; a draft copy of "Sky Hooks and Track Shoes" by May Gruber; information on the JFK library; correspondence with Gilbert Guy and Associates; correspondence with Frank Hatch; correspondence with Al Kallas; and correspondence with Peter Karoff.

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Box: 18, Dates: 1969-1985

Contains correspondence with Paul Keenan; correspondence with and about Barry Kelley; materials about Philip J. Kenney; copies of addresses given by Dunfey; materials on a Martin Luther King, Jr. day dinner; pamphlets, correspondence, and other materials on the New England Circle; correspondence from the White House about the Panama Canal Treaties; a copy of the "New Hampshire Idea", and correspondence discussing the New Hampshire Idea; pamphlets, prospectus, and correspondence about New Horizons; correspondence and publications about the NH Young Democrats; correspondence, prospectus, audit report, and other materials about New Homes for NH; clippings, correspondence, and documents about the Panama Canal Treaty; correspondence with Claiborn Pell; Jeffrey Peters for US Congress materials; and materials on political bills of the Dunfey family.

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Box: 19, Dates: 1973-1990

Contains a list of political contacts; clippings, correspondence, and other materials on NH politics from 1988-1989; Daniel Sanderson for President materials; Bruce Babbit for President materials; correspondence with and papers by Larry Radway; correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials about the formation of a New England primary; correspondence and other materials on the Rodino Committee; publications from the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies; correspondence with Patricia Schroeder; materials from Search ‘88; the May 7, 1990 issue of New Republic; clippings, papers, and correspondence on Judge David Souter; correspondence with Kirk Stone; Nancy Richard-Stower political materials; information on "Sunset" Legislation; Dick Swett for Congress materials; correspondence with the UAW; correspondence with and campaign materials on Morris Udall; correspondence with Harold Willens; newspaper clippings and other materials about the Democratic primary of 1976; clippings and articles about Andy Young; correspondence, memorandum, articles, and other materials on the Alternative Defense Project; correspondence and other materials on American Horizons; materials on the Business Executives for National Security, Inc.; and correspondence with, minutes of meetings, newsletters from, a proposed budget, financial records, and an audit of The Center for Constructive Change.

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Box: 20, Dates: 1975-1991

Contains correspondence with, minutes of meetings, newsletters from, seminar materials, proposed budgets, financial records, and an audit of The Center for Constructive Change; agendas, memorandum, notes, minutes, and other materials from Dunfey Group management meetings (1987-1991); and notes, articles of agreement, correspondence, and materials from Dunfey Brothers meetings in 1986.

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Box: 21, Dates: 1983-1991

Contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, articles, and other materials concerning the Center for Foreign Journalists; correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes from meetings, meeting agendas, financial statements, and other materials concerning the Center for NH's Future; correspondence, agendas, a magazine, minutes, memorandum, financial statement, and other materials concerning the Conservation Law Foundation; correspondence and memorandum about the moving of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC); agenda and minutes from the meeting of the board of overseers of Dartmouth Medical School; correspondence, memorandum, papers, and other materials from The Democracy Foundation; photographs of Dunfey with Kennedys, artwork of JFK and president Truman; newspaper clippings about the UNH budget; a paper and pamphlet by Rolf Lium; a directory of NH women's organizations; fall and spring 1984 copies of Journal for Constructive Change; "Vote Democratic" cards and other political fliers; water supply in NH publication; the May 4, 1977 copy of SAD; materials about the NH House of Representatives; and an unidentified reel sound recording.

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Box: 22, Dates: 1979-1980

Contains posters of "My Experiences as a UN Delegate", a talk given by Dunfey; the agenda and other materials of the 34th UN General Assembly; Dunfey's business cards relating his position as an Alternate Representative to the UN; UN letterhead and envelopes; newspaper clippings, articles, and correspondence about troubles in South Africa; Department of State publications pertaining to international relations; UN Press releases; correspondence, notes, and other materials about United Nations Day in NH; photographs of Dunfey from the UN; newspaper clippings about the UN; Dunfey's financial information during his time at the UN; correspondence about and reports from the UN; materials from the 4th Committee on African Issues; United States Mission to the UN Handbook; UN report to the Committee on Foreign Affairs; UN Official Guidebook; a copy of New York City Commission for the UN and the Consular Corps; copies of UN Press Releases; and copies of speeches given by Dunfey.

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Box: 23, Dates: 1974-1990

Contains photographs of Dunfey and politicians; clippings from the Concord Monitor; correspondence with Dennis Dinan; an invitation to Lyndon Johnson's inauguration; a draft copy of "This Was My World" by Dunfey; photographs of Dunfey with numerous public figures; information about New Hampshire Notables; a draft and published copy of "The First Step to the White House" by Charles Brereton; a copy of "New Hampshire Votes" by Charles Brereton; materials from Hugh Gallen's inauguration as NH Governor; and newspaper clippings, articles, and other materials about Governor Thompson.

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Box: 24, Dates: 1968-1990

Contains unanswered correspondence; newspaper clippings and articles about Ted Kennedy's run for President; a copy of "The Strategy of the 1960 Presidential Campaign of John F. Kennedy and Random Comparisons with Other Presidential Campaigns" by William Benson; Historical New Hampshire, Vol. 42, No. 3; an article about Dave Nelson; materials from the Center for Constructive Change; materials about Andrew Young; correspondence with Dennis Dinan; draft chapters of "This Was My World" by Dunfey; the September 1956 issue of New Hampshire Profiles; correspondence with Paul McEachern; correspondence with Harry Spanos and materials on his run for NH Governor; profiles of Ted Kennedy, Fred Jervis, Paul Tsongas; information about Omni Hotels in operation and those under development; articles about William Loeb as well as copies of his editorials in the Union Leader; correspondence with and articles about Andrew Young; obituary for Walter Dunfey; newspaper clippings and obituaries for Allard Lowenstein; Young Democrats letterhead; "Presidential Primaries in New Hampshire Politics" by Dunfey; a copy of "First Step to the White House" by Charles Brereton; Governor Hugh Gallen's obituaries and articles about his life; copies of addresses given by Dunfey; newspaper articles remembering JFK; an oral history interview with Bernard L. Boutin; correspondence concerning "This Was My World"; copies of "Campaigning with JFK - It was Different"; a copy of the New Hampshire Election Guide; and a copy of "First Primary: Presidential Politics in New Hampshire", a news publication put out by The Union Leader.

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Box: 25, Dates: 1960-1990

Contains a large photograph of Dunfey and others at an event; a shoe box full of political pins, matchbooks, lighters, stickers, and more; a guide to the JFK library; draft chapters of "This Was My World" by Dunfey; correspondence concerning "This Was My World"; a copy of "First Step to the White House" by Charles Brereton; correspondence with and speeches given by Dudley; materials on the JFK library; Historical New Hampshire Vol. 41, Nos. 3 and 4; correspondence and materials about a proposed work on William Loeb; and applications, correspondence, and other materials about Irish immigration and acquiring visas to the US.

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Box: 26, Dates: 1989-1991

Contains draft chapters of "This Was My World" by Dunfey; correspondence concerning "This Was My World"; other vignettes by Dunfey; letters of condolences about Dunfey's passing; correspondence with newspapers about articles; copies of obituaries, articles, personal letters, funeral programs, and other materials about William Dunfey; correspondence with Judson Hale; correspondence with Phil Kenney as well as materials about the Phil Kenney Project; correspondence with the JFK library concerning donation of materials; correspondence with Linda Vandegrift; and information on Dunfey's edit and research assistants, Jeanne Aspinwall, Chuck Brereton, Alison Cornish, and Evelyn Sacks.

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