Guide to the Ralph E. and William W. Becker Collection of American Political Campaign Materials, 1840 - 1972Manuscript MS-1147

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Title:

Guide to the Ralph E. and William W. Becker Collection of American Political Campaign Materials, 1840 - 1972

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1147

Collection Dates:

1840 - 1972, bulk: 1964 - 1972

Size of Collection:

5 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

The Ralph E. and William W. Becker Collection of American Political Campaign Materials chronicles New Hampshire, Vermont and national presidential primaries and general elections in the 1960s and 1970s. It includes correspondence, pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, clippings, newspapers, posters, bumper stickers, buttons and assorted campaign ephemera. The collection also includes a selection of printed matter such as newspapers, cartoons, and Currier and Ives Broadsides from political campaigns in the 19th century.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Ralph E. and William W. Becker Collection of American Political Campaign Materials chronicles New Hampshire, Vermont and national presidential primaries and general elections in the 1960s and 1970s. It includes correspondence, pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, clippings, newspapers, posters, bumper stickers, buttons and assorted campaign ephemera. The collection also includes a selection of printed matter such as newspapers, cartoons, and Currier and Ives broadsides from political campaigns in the 19th century. The collection was donated to the Dartmouth College Museum by Ralph E. Becker for an exhibit at the Hanover Inn which was curated by his son William W. Becker, class of 1964. In the early 1970s the collection gained new accessions reflecting recent election cycles by James Day, class of 1971.

Biography

Ralph E. Becker was born on January 29, 1907 in New York City. He attended night courses at City College and New York University and earned his law degree at St. John's University Law School in 1928. While working as a lawyer in Westchester County he became involved in Republican party politics and was a delegate to the 1936 convention. He served in the Judge Advocate Corps during World War II. After his service in the war he opened a law practice in Washington D.C. and became an avid collector of political memorabilia dating to 1790. In 1961 he donated the material to the Smithsonian Institution where it became the Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana. From 1976-1977 he served as United States Ambassador to Honduras. He also helped create the National Center for the Performing Arts of which he was a founding trustee and served as its general council during the Eisenhower Administration. Ralph Becker died on Aug. 24, 1994 in Washington at the age of 87. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

William W. Becker graduated Dartmouth College in 1964. He worked as an attorney for the John F. Kennedy Center where he negotiated thousands of theater productions, television, licensing, recording, labor and other performing arts contracts and litigated numerous related issues. He left his law practice in 2001 to found TheatreDreams.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, 19th century Printed Political Matter, 1840-1952

Contains magazines, newspapers, cartoons, campaign broadsides and other printed ephemera primarily of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1840-1952

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, "The Log Cabin" Newspaper; "New York Tribune" Newspaper, 1840-1858
  • Folder: 2, "Death of Harrison, April 4 A. D. 1841" Print published by N. Currier; George B. McClellan Chicago Platform Anti-War Campaign Poster (1864); Henry Clay & T Frelinghuysen "Grand National Whig Banner" Broadside for the 1844 Presidential Election, published by N. Currier (imperfect copy); John C. Fremont & Wm. L. Dayton "Grand National Republican Banner" Broadside for the 1856 Presidential Election published by N. Currier; Gen. John C. Fremont & Gen. John Cochrane "Grand Banner of the Radical Democracy" Broadside for the 1864 Presidential Election, published by Currier & Ives; "Grants Great March" song sheet published by R. A. Saalfield (1872); "Blaine & Logan Songster" songbook (1884); "This is One Thousand Dollars" bill from the Greenback Party (1876-1884); "Lincoln Campaign Songster" songbook (1864); "Traveller's Association Fifth Banquet at The New Eagle, Concord, NH" ribbon with menu on additional ribbon (1890), 1841-1884
  • Folder: 3, "Harper's Weekly" Political cartoons, 1868-1876
  • Folder: 4, "Puck" Political magazine, 1881
  • Folder: 5, "Judge" Political magazine, 1888
  • Folder: 6, Political ballots, 1888-1968
  • Folder: 7, Harrison-Morton Portrait Paper Balloon Lantern, circa 1888
  • Folder: 8, "Happy Landin' With Landon-The Official Republican Campaign Song" by Jack Stern and Sid Cain, sheet music (1936); "March to the White House" by Chas. K. Harris, sheet music (1936); "On With Eisenhower" by Louise Graeser, sheet music (1936); "Mamie" by Jimmie Dodd, sheet music (1952); Tickets with ticket stubs, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, June 1936, 1936-1952

Series 2, 1960s and 1970s Campaign Material, 1954-1972

Contains correspondence, pamphlets, posters and promotional ephemera documenting New Hampshire and Vermont elections as well as presidential primaries and general elections in the 1960s and 1970s.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 2, Dates: 1956-1972

Contains correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, newsletters and promotional campaign ephemera documenting New Hampshire and Vermont elections as well as presidential primaries and general elections in the 1960s and 70s.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Republican National Convention, 1956
  • Folder: 2, National Republican Party, 1969
  • Folder: 3, Hanover Republican Party, 1966-1972
  • Folder: 4, Republican: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952
  • Folder: 5, Republican: Henry Cabot Lodge, 1964
  • Folder: 6, Republican: George Romney, 1964
  • Folder: 7, Republican: Barry Goldwater, 1964
  • Folder: 8, Republican: James C. Cleveland, 1966-1972
  • Folder: 9, Republican: Richard Nixon, 1968-1972
  • Folder: 10, Republican: Nelson Rockefeller, 1968
  • Folder: 11, Republican: Norris Cotton, 1968
  • Folder: 12, Republican: Walter Peterson, 1968
  • Folder: 13, Republican: Winston L. Prouty, 1970
  • Folder: 14, Republican: Peter McCloskey, 1972
  • Folder: 15, Republican: Miscellaneous Candidates, 1968-1972
  • Folder: 16, National Democratic Party, 1969
  • Folder: 17, Hanover Democratic Party, 1968-1972
  • Folder: 18, Democrat: John W. King, 1966
  • Folder: 19, Democrat: Eugene McCarthy, 1968
  • Folder: 20, Democrat: George Wallace, 1968
  • Folder: 21, Democrat: Charles Officer, 1968
  • Folder: 22, Democrats: Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie, 1968-1972
  • Folder: 23, Democrat: David Hoeh, 1968
  • Folder: 24, Democrat: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964-1972
  • Folder: 25, Democrat: George McGovern, 1970-1972
  • Folder: 26, Democrats: Arthur J. Goldberg and Basil Paterson, 1970
  • Folder: 27, Democrat: Tom McIntyre, 1967-1972
  • Folder: 28, Democrats: Miscellaneous Candidates, 1964-1972
  • Folder: 29, Constitutional Party Candidates, 1968
  • Folder: 30, Independent Party Candidates, 1972
  • Folder: 31, Miscellaneous Local Candidates, 1960s-1970s
  • Folder: 32, Committee for New Hampshire and Vermont Canvas, 1970
  • Folder: 33, Voters' Guide to Proposed Amendments to Constitution of the Sate of New Hampshire, 1964-1970
  • Folder: 34, Citizens Council for a better New Hampshire, 1968
  • Folder: 35, "Pilgrimage to Learning" (Morrill Homestead, Strafford, Vermont) by Hester O'Neill, MS and correspondence, 1961-1963
  • Folder: 36, Foreign Political Material, circa 1960s-1970s

Box: 3, Dates: 1954-1972

Contains correspondence, brochures, clippings, flyers, newsletters and promotional campaign ephemera documenting New Hampshire and Vermont elections as well as presidential primaries and general elections in the 1960s and 70s.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Socialist Party (SP)-Socialist Democratic Federation (SDF): Convention, 1958-1960
  • Folder: 2, Socialist Party (SP)-Socialist Democratic Federation (SDF), 1960s-1970s
  • Folder: 3, Socialist Party: Candidates, 1968
  • Folder: 4, Socialist Party: Black Panthers, 1968
  • Folder: 5, AFL-CIO America's Union Movement, 1961-1971
  • Folder: 6, "Young Socialist" Publication, 1969
  • Folder: 7, Communist Party, 1968
  • Folder: 8, The Liberty Amendment, 1964
  • Folder: 9, Dartmouth Student Activism, 1968-1972
  • Folder: 10, Dartmouth Student Activism: "Strike Newsletter", 1970
  • Folder: 11, "The National Statesman" Newsletter, 1969
  • Folder: 12, Out-of-State Campaign Material, 1960s-1970s
  • Folder: 13, Socialist Manifestos and Pamphlets, 1954-1967
  • Folder: 14, First Annual Kennedy-Johnson Dinner, Manchester, NH Souvenir Brochure, 1961
  • Folder: 15, "Roosevelt for King -Program of the Royalist Party of America" Souvenir Brochure, 1937
  • Folder: 16, Miscellaneous Materials, 1942-1970s
  • Folder: 17, Campaign buttons, matchbooks, pencils and ribbons, 1960s-1970
  • Folder: 18, "Dick be Nimble" by The Tricky Dicks and "Nixon's The One" by Connie Frances 45" single records; "Where He Stands-The Life and Convictions of Spiro T. Agnew" Hawthorn Books 1968, 1960s-1970s
  • Folder: 19, Hubert H. Humphrey: Green wicker basket, bib, green apron, 1960s-1970s

Box: 4, Dates: 1960s-1970s

Campaign posters, bumper stickers, New Hampshire election district maps and ephemera documenting New Hampshire and Vermont state elections as well as presidential primaries and general elections in the 1960s and 70s. "Presidential Elections of the 20th century as reported on the front pages of The New York Times" collectors folder; Dartmouth students political activities campaign posters; Photograph Nelson Rockefeller at Dartmouth College

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1956-1972

Contains election ephemera including "Nixon for President" round pillow; "Republic National Convention, San Francisco, 1956" decorative plate with stand; "Jog for Gene (McCarthy)' sweatshirt; McGovern/Shriver canvas shoulder bag; "New Hampshire: Where it All Began" T-shirt; Two "Romney for President" paper capes

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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