Republican National Convention Records

Dates: 1958-1960 (Bulk date, 1960). Size: 3 linear feet in 3 boxes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The 1960 Republican National Convention, held in Chicago, determined that Richard M. Nixon would be the party’s presidential candidate. As the incumbent vice president, Nixon was always a leading contender, but he worked with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to adopt platform planks that would appeal to the left wing of the Republican Party. Opposing Nixon was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater who represented the right wing of the Republican Party. Some of this internal party division can be seen in these records which document the events of the Convention. [Finding aid]