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Guy Gabrielson Papers

1925-1967

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Abstract

The Guy Gabrielson Papers contain materials that document the political career of Guy George Gabrielson from his start in New Jersey state politics through his years as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Many of the materials document the 1952 U.S. Presidential election and Republican National Committee Convention which Gabrielson presided over as chairman.

Summary

Creator:
Gabrielson, Guy George, 1891-1976
Date Coverage:
1925-1967
Quantity:
5.5 cubic ft.  1 Digital Files

Guy George Gabrielson was born in Sioux Rapids, Iowa in May 1891. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1914 and a law degree from Harvard University in 1917. From 1917-1919 he served as a private in the U.S. Army. His political career began in 1925 as a Republican member of the General Assembly of New Jersey from Essex County; in 1929 he became the General Assemblys Speaker of the House. He became the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Campaign in 1936 and its chairman in 1940. Gabrielson was a member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1944-1952 and RNC Chairman from 1949-1952. In 1951 he was involved in a loan scandal that prompted Senator Richard Nixon to call for his removal as chairman. Gabrielson left the RNC in 1952 and returned to practicing law. He later became acting chief executive and president of the John Wood Company of New York and chairman of the Nichold Company of Delaware. Gabrielson died in May of 1976 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, preceded in death by his wife Cora. The couple had two children.

Gabrielson is best known for his work as chairman of the RNC. In 1952 he opened the convention that nominated General Dwight D. Eisenhower for president. Gabrielson was a controversial figure at the convention; his support of Ohio Senator Robert Taft for the presidential nomination offended backers of Eisenhower who believed that Gabrielson was using his privileges as party chairman to promote the candidacy of Senator Taft.

This collection contains materials that document the political career of Guy George Gabrielson from his start in New Jersey state politics through his years as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). It includes correspondence, documents pertaining to official RNC events, official statements from Gabrielson as RNC chairman, a scrapbook of news clippings from his early political career, correspondence, photographs, various material documenting the operations of the RNC such as state elections and regional conferences. The largest part of the collection consists of files related to the 1952 RNC national convention.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Early Political Career, 1925-1944, Undated

Series 2 - Republican National Committee Papers, 1948-1967, Undated

Series 3 - Republican National Committee 1952 Convention, 1948-1956, Undated

Series are arranged alphabetically.

Syracuse University received the papers of Guy George Gabrielson in a series of acquisitions in 1965 and 1967 and subsequently transferred them to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2006.

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Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Guy George Gabrielson Papers, 1925-1967. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Gabrielson Papers).

Contents of Collection

Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains a scrapbook of news clippings from Guy George Gabrielsons early political career in New Jersey state government (1925-1940), materials related to his role as the chairman of the New Jersey Campaign Committee for U.S. presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, additional news clippings related to New Jersey Republican political activities, rules and resolutions of the Committee, and correspondence with private citizens and various New Jersey politicians. Topics include finances, elections and organizations.
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1 1Farmers National Bank, Iowa Church Dedication1928, 1930, 1934

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1 2Gabrielson Speeches1940, Undated

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1 3New Jersey Political Correspondence1927-1929

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1 4N.J. State Republican Campaign Committee1940

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1 5News Clippings- Willkie Campaign1940, Undated

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Flat-File 1New Jersey Italian American Newspaper Willkie Endorsement1940

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1 6Photos of Gabrielson1943, Undated

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1 7Photos of Wendell Willkie's Presidential Campaign1940

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1 8Political Correspondence1940-1944

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Oversized 11Scrapbook1925-1929, 1939-1940
Arranged alphabetically.
This series includes addresses and statements from Guy George Gabrielson as Republican National Committee Chairman, committee reports, itineraries, committee meeting minutes, campaign materials, regional conference proceedings, official news releases, and printed pamphlets. Topics include the investigation into Gabrielsons ties to Carthage Hydrocol, Inc., state elections, member organizations, such as the Young Republicans, finances, and schools of politics.
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1 9Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson1949

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1 10Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson1950 January-1950 April

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1 11-12Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson1950 May-1950 December

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1 13-14Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson1951

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1 15Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson1952 January-1952 June

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1 16Bennett, John1950

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1 17Budget- Finances , etc.1950, 1952

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1 18Campaign- Hatch Act, Expenses, etc.1952

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1 19Campaign Speech Kit1950

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1 20Campaign Speech Kit National republican Congressional Committee1950

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1 21Capitol Hill Club1951, 1961, 1962, 1966, Undated

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1 22Chairman Gabrielson1950 February

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1 23-24Chairman Gabrielson- Personal1949-1952

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1 25Chairman Gabrielson- Carthage Hydrocol1950-1951

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1 26Chairman Gabrielson- Carthage Hydrocol Senate Hearing1951

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1 27Chairman Gabrielson MiscellaneousUndated

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1 28Chairman Pfeiffer- New York Republican State Committee1951

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1 29The Chairman's Letter1951

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1 30Condolences1950-1951

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1 31Eastern Regional Conference Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C1951 October 01

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1 32Eastern Regional Republican Conference Planning1951 October

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1 33"Editorial Digest"1950

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1 34Ethnic Origin Division- RNC1951-1952

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2 1Executive Committee Chicago1950 May

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2 2Executive Committee Meeting and Eastern Seaboard Regional Conference Atlantic City, N.J1950 June 23

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2 3Executive Committee Meeting and Western Regional Conference Salt Lake City1950 July 31-1950 August 01

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2 4Executive Committee meeting of the RNC and Eastern Regional Conference Mayflower Hotel, D.C1951 October 01

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2 5Executive Committee Meeting RNC Salt Lake City1950 July-1950 August

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2 6Executive Committee Meeting Washington, D.C1950 December 08

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2 7Itineraries1949-1951

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2 8Letters Re. Campaign and Election1950

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2 9Mailing Lists1950

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2 10Material for Letters and Speeches1949, Undated

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2 11Meeting- Budget and Finance Committee1948-1950

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2 12Meeting- Exec. Committee-RNC Chicago1950 May

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2 13Meeting- Exec. Committee-RNC Washington D.C.1950 December

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2 14Member Lists of State Central Committees1951

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2 15Minutes- RNC Washington, D.C1951 January

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Oversized 21Missouri Republican Club Certificate1949

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2 16Mock Conventions1952, Undated

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2 17National Committee Meeting Chicago1950 September 15-1950 September 16

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2 18National Committee Meeting Chicago1951 January

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2 19-20National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs1949-1955

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2 21"On the Political Front"1950-1952

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2 22Pro- America1942-1943, 1951

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2 23Re- Christmas Cards1950-1951

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2 24Regional Conferences Eastern Seaboard1950

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2 25Regional Meetings1960-1961

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2 26Releases, Biogs, etc.1949-1952

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2 27Report from George Murphy and Associates Re Go- Party1962

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2 28Report of the Chairman of the Finance Committee1950

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2 29-30Republican Farm Conference- Sioux City1949-1950

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2 31RNC1951

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2 32RNC1952

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2 33RNC Committee Meetings1950

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3 1RNC Lists of Officers, Exec. Committee and Members1949-1952

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3 2RNC Meeting and Midwestern and Western National Conference Tulsa1951

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3 3RNC Meeting and Midwestern and Western National Conference Tulsa, Okla. Gen. Info1951 May 11-1951 May 12

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3 4-5RNC Meeting and Report of Finance Committee San Francisco1951-1952

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3 6RNC Meeting Chicago1952, Undated

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3 7RNC Meeting- Executive Session Washington, D.C.1951 October

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3 8RNC Meeting Executive Session Washington, D.C1951 January

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3 9RNC Meeting Minutes1950-1951

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3 10RNC Meeting San Francisco1951-1952

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3 11-12RNC Meeting San Francisco1952 January

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3 13RNC Meeting- Tulsa, Oklahoma1951 May

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3 14RNC Meeting Washington, D.C.1949-1950

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3 15RNC Meeting Washington, D.C.1950

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3 16RNC Meeting Washington, D.C.1951

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3 17RNC National Farm Conference Sioux City1949 September 23

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3 18RNC National Farm Conference Sioux City1949 September 24

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3 19RNC News Releases and Publications1950-1951, Undated

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3 20RNC Publications- Campaign/Organizations Strategy1951, Undated

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3 21RNC Publications- History and Background1951-1952, 1967

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3 22RNC Regional Conferences1950-1951

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3 23RNC Secretary Mrs. Charles P. Howard1949-1952

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3 24RNC Secretary- Mrs. Knowles1949

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3 25School of Politics1950, 1950-1952, Undated

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4 1Speakers Bureau- Radio/TV1950, 1954, Undated

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4 2-3State Elections1948-1950

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4 4Truman Research1951

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4 5Women's Division1950-1952

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4 6Women's Federation1950, Undated

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4 7Young Republicans1950-1952
Quantity: 1 Digital Files  
Arranged alphabetically.
The bulk of this series is a by-product of the exhaustive planning for the 1952 Republican National Convention that nominated General Dwight D. Eisenhower for president. It includes committee reports, correspondence with local businesses, candidate information, the official convention program and campaign materials. Topics include finance, hotels/housing, chaplains, doorkeepers and preparatory actions by various state committees.
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4 8Applications- General1951-1952

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4 9Assignments1952

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4 10Assistant Chairman1952

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4 11Background Information1948, Undated

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4 12California1951

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4 13Campaign1952, Undated

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4 14Campaign Material1950-1952, Undated

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4 15Candidate Eisenhower, Dwight D.1951-1952, 1956

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4 16Candidate Macarthur, Douglas1952

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4 17Candidate Stassen, Harold, E.1951-1952

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4 18Candidate Taft, Robert A.1951-1952

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4 19Candidate Warren, Earl1951-1952

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4 20ChairmanUndated

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4 21Chairman- Finance1950-1951, Undated

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4 22Chaplains1952, Undated

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4 23Chicago Convention Bldg. and International Amphitheatre1952

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4 24-25Chicago Site SolicitationUndated

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4 26Convent Information/Official Program1952, Undated

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4 27Committee on Arrangements1950-1952

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4 28-29Committee on Arrangements1951-1952

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4 30-34Committee on Arrangements1952

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4 35Committee on Arrangements- Mooberg, Henry E.1952

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4 36Committee on Arrangements- Report of Housing Subcommittee1953, Undated

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4 37Committee on Arrangements San Francisco1952 January

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4 38Committee on Arrangements San Francisco Executive Session1952 January

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4 39Committee on Arrangements Treasurer1952

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4 40Committee on Call1950-1952

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5 1Committee on Call1950-1952

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5 2Committee on Contests1951-1952

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5 3Committee on Resolutions (Platform)1952

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5 4Committee on Rules1948, 1951-1952

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5 5Committee on Site1951

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5 6Committee on Site1951-1952, Undated

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5 7Committee on Site- Meetings1951

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5 8Committee ReportsUndated

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5 9Committees and Subcommittees1951-1952

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5 10Contest- Florida1952

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5 11Contest- Georgia1952

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5 12Contest- Louisiana1952

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5 13Contests1952

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5 14Contracts1951

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5 15Convention Assignments1952

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5 16Convention BalloonsUndated

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5 17Convention PrayersUndated

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5 18Credentials Committee1952

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5 19Delegates1951-1952, Undated

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5 20Doorkeepers1952, Undated

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5 21Finance1951

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5 22Florida1951

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5 23Form Letters1951-1952

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5 24Hotels1952

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5 25Housing1951-1952

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Oversized 22Invitation to Hold 1952 Convention in Philadelphia, Shaped Like a Keyca. 1950

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Flat-File 1Invitation to Hold 1956 Convention in San Francisco, Including Magazine and Brochures1953

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5 26InvocationsUndated

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5 27Miscellaneous Correspondence1951-1952

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5 28Mississippi1951

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5 29Missouri1951

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5 30New York1951

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5 31Oklahoma1951

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5 32Parliamentarians1952

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5 33Permanent Chairman1952

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5 34Proxies1952

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5 35Reapportionment- General1951

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5 36Republican National Committee- Nominations1952

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5 37Resolutions1951-1952

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5 38Sergeant-at-Arms1952, Undated

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5 39Site Committee- Correspondence1951

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5 40Subcommittee- Television and Motion Pictures1951-1952

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5 41Subcommittee- Tickets1951-1952

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5 42Subcommittee- Music and Decorations1951-1952

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5 43Subcommittee on Badges1951-1952

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5 44Subcommittee or Housing- General1952

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5 45Subcommittee on Transportation and Parking1951-1952

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5 46Subcommittee- Program and Concessions1951-1952, Undated

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5 47Subcommittee- Radio and Press- General1951-1952

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5 48Temporary Chairman1952

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5 49Tickets1951-1952

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5 50Tickets1952

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5 51Washington1951