Republican National Convention Records

Dates: 1958-1960 (Bulk date, 1960)
Size: 3 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: RNC
Provenance: Provenance unknown.
Access: Patrons must request this material 24 hours in advance of use.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Republican National Convention Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Johanna Russ, December 2013

Historical / Biographical Note

The 1960 Republican National Convention took place July 25-28 in Chicago’s International Amphitheatre. It was the 100th anniversary of the 1860 Convention, also in Chicago, that selected Abraham Lincoln as the Republican presidential candidate. In 1960, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower was finishing his second term in office, and so he could not run for reelection. The Democratic National Convention had happened a few weeks earlier, choosing John F. Kennedy, a Senator from Massachusetts, as the Democratic nominee for president. The Republican National Convention met to select his Republican opponent.

Vice President Richard Nixon was the leading favorite for the nomination, but a few challenges existed. Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater represented the right wing of the Republican Party, and he was running against Nixon for the nomination. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller represented the left wing of the Republican Party, and though he had withdrawn from the race the preceding December, in the weeks leading up to the Convention, he made his displeasure with the platform known, hinting at leading a challenge from the Convention floor.

In an effort to circumvent this challenge, as well as to gain the support of more liberal Republicans, Vice President Nixon secretly flew to New York on July 23 to meet with Rockefeller. The two met in Rockefeller’s 5th Avenue home and discussed the party platform all night. Nixon agreed to adopt many of Rockefeller’s planks in exchange for Rockefeller’s support. The published statement describing the platform was released under Rockefeller’s name; Nixon issued a statement of support.

This clandestine meeting did not sit well with the Convention Platform Committee or with Goldwater. Ultimately, though, it was successful in unifying the Party during the Convention, and Nixon handily won the nomination. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., a former Senator from Massachusetts and then ambassador to the United Nations, was chosen to be his running mate. Nixon went on to lose the presidential election to John F. Kennedy in November of that year. Nixon was later elected president in 1968 and again in 1972. He resigned mid-term in 1974 following the Watergate scandal.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of press releases, campaign literature, speech and interview transcripts, newspapers, biographies, directories and schedules. Through this material, some of the disagreements among the different factions of the Republican Party can be discerned. Of note is the material from Republican women’s groups and the speeches delivered by women.

Arrangement/Series Description

The collection is arranged in 5 series. Folders within series are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1: Republican National Convention Records, 1959-1960
Series 2: Candidates, 1958, 1960
Series 3: Speeches and Statements, 1960
Series 4: Related and Participating Organizations, 1960
Series 5: Press Response, 1960

Related Materials

Democratic National Convention Records, 1965, 1968 (Bulk date, 1968)

Container List

Series 1: Republican National Convention Records, 1959-1960

Scope and Contents

This series consists of directories, news releases, platform statements, schedules, and brochures created by the Republican National Committee and affiliate groups and either distributed to delegates and guests or published.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box 1 Folder 1 100th Anniversary of Lincoln nomination, 1960
Box 1 Folder 2 Biographies, 1960 July, undated
Box 3 Folder 1 Delegate Listing, 1960 July 25
Box 1 Folder 3 Directories, 1960 July 18
Box 1 Folder 4 News Releases, 1959 December 10, undated, 1960 July, 1960 July 12-23
Box 1 Folder 5 News Releases, 1960 July 24-28
Box 1 Folder 6 Republican Platform – Report of the Committee on Resolutions, 1960 July 27
Box 1 Folder 7 Schedules, 1960 July 22-29
Box 3 Folder 2 Souvenir Portfolio for Delegates and Guests, 1960
Box 1 Folder 8 To delegates – meet Fred Seaton, [1960 July]
Box 1 Folder 9 Women’s Division, 1959

Series 2: Candidates, 1958, 1960

Scope and Contents

This series is comprised of press releases, schedules, campaign literature, biographies, and interviews of candidates for the Republican presidential and vice presidential nominations. Though Nelson Rockefeller had stated that he would not run, material put out by his camp, as well as by affiliated supporters, appears in this series. Gerald Ford of Michigan was a potential vice presidential nominee, and some information on him is included.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box 1 Folder 10 Gerald Ford, 1960 February 18-July 22, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Barry Goldwater, 1960 July 23, undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon – biographies, [1960]
Box 1 Folder 13 Richard Nixon – press releases, 1958 September 6, 1960 June 21-July 27
Box 1 Folder 14 Richard Nixon – staff biographies, [1960]
Box 1 Folder 15 Nelson Rockefeller, 1960 July 19-25
Box 2 Folder 1 Nelson Rockefeller – National Draft Rockefeller Committee, 1960 June-July

Series 3: Speeches and Statements, 1960

Scope and Contents

This series is comprised of transcripts of speeches and statements from a wide variety of politicians, leaders of interested and affiliated organizations and candidates.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by speaker's last name.

Box 2 Folder 2 Bertha S. Adkins, Under Secretary of Health, Welfare, and Education, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 3 Meade Alcorn, Former Republican National Committee Chairman, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 4 Robert B. Anderson, Secretary of the Treasury, 1960 July 19
Box 2 Folder 5 Mrs. Robert O. Bonnell, Maryland National Committeewoman, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 6 John W. Byrnes, [Wisconsin] Congressman, 1960 July 19
Box 2 Folder 7 George Christopher, mayor of San Francisco, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 8 Wilda J. Cook, Supervisor of Registration of Pinellas County, Florida, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 9 John C. Cornelius, President, American Heritage Foundation, 1960 July 25
Box 2 Folder 10 Thomas E. Dewey, former governor of New York, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 11 Everett McKinley Dirksen, Senate Minority Leader [from Illinois], 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 12 Dr. Lee A. DuBridge, President, California Institute of Technology, 1960 July 19
Box 2 Folder 13 Dwight D. Eisenhower, President, 1960 July 26, 27
Box 2 Folder 14 Mrs. Peter Gibson, President, National Federation of Republican Women, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 15 Barry Goldwater, Arizona Senator; candidate, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 16 Charles A. Halleck, Indiana Congressman, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 17 [Mark Hatfield], Oregon Governor, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 18 Herbert Hoover, [former President], 1960 July 25
Box 2 Folder 19 Jaren L. Jones, Vice Chairman, Committee on Arrangements, 1960 July 15
Box 2 Folder 20 Walter H. Judd, Minnesota Congressman, keynote, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 21 Kenneth B. Keating, New York Senator, at the mass meeting of the NAACP, 1960 July 24
Box 2 Folder 22 Mrs. Floyd W. Lee, New Mexico committeewoman, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 23 Alice K. Leopold, Director, Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 24 Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 25 William E. Miller, [New York] Congressman and Chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 26 Thurston B. Moore, Kentucky Senator and Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1960 July 13, 25, undated
Box 2 Folder 27 Katharine K. Newberger, President of New Jersey Federation of Republican Women, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 28 Richard M. Nixon, Vice President, [candidate], 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 29 Fern Orme, Nebraska State Legislature Member, 1960 July 28
Box 2 Folder 30 Charles H. Percy, Chairman of Republican Platform Committee, 1960 July 15, 23
Box 2 Folder 31 Robert E. Smylie, Idaho Governor, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 32 Richard L. Stump, M.D., undated
Box 2 Folder 33 Lanny D. Unruh, Winner of American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest, 1960 July 25
Box 2 Folder 34 Jessica Weis, New York Committeewoman, 1960 July 27
Box 2 Folder 35 Clare B. Williams, Assistant Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 36 Samuel W. Witwer, candidate for Senate from Illinois, 1960 July 26
Box 2 Folder 37 John C. Woodland, Maryland [delegate], 1960 July 28

Series 4: Related and Participating Organizations, 1960

Scope and Contents

This small series consists of information published by various related and participating organizations and people.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box 2 Folder 38 National Federation of Republican Women, [1960] July 14
Box 2 Folder 39 Pepsi-Cola Company at Republican National Committee, [1960 July]
Box 2 Folder 40 Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott news release, [1960] July 22
Box 2 Folder 41 Sheraton-Blackstone Hotel news releases, [1960 July]
Box 2 Folder 42 Southern Association of Republican State Chairmen, 1960 April 10-22
Box 2 Folder 43 Young Republican National Federation, 1960 July 23-27, undated

Series 5: Press Response, 1960

Scope and Contents

This small series includes newspapers, magazines and publications from other media outlets.

Arrangement

The files are arranged alphabetically.

Box 3 Folder 3 Chicago Convention Journal: National Republican Convention Issue, [1960 July]
Box 3 Folder 4 Convention Call, 1960 July 24
Box 3 Folder 5 Roll Call: July Conventions Issue, [1960]
Box 3 Folder 6 The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.), 1960 March
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