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Collection Number: 03924

Collection Title: Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters Records, 1960.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)
Abstract During the 1960 election, the North Carolina Democratic Party was led by Bert L. Bennett, state executive committee chairman, and operated out of headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. Democratic candidates for whom the state party campaigned in 1960 included John F. Kennedy for President of the United States and Terry Sandford for Governor of North Carolina. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, and records of Bert L. Bennett, North Carolina Democratic Party state executive committee chairman, and other staff members at campaign headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., during the election of 1960. Included are items relating to the gubernatorial campaign of Terry Sanford and a series of letters (263 items) from citizens of North Carolina to presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, many of them dealing with the issue of Kennedy's Catholicism.
Creator Democratic Party (N.C.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters Records, #3924, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Tom Lambeth of Washington, D.C., April 1971.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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During the 1960 election, the North Carolina Democratic Party was led by Bert L. Bennett, state executive committee chairman, and operated out of headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. Democratic candidates for whom the state party campaigned in 1960 included John F. Kennedy for President of the United States and Terry Sandford for Governor of North Carolina.

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The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, and records of Bert L. Bennett, North Carolina Democratic Party state executive committee chairman, and other staff members at campaign headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., during the election of 1960. Included are items relating to the gubernatorial campaign of Terry Sanford and a series of letters (263 items) from citizens of North Carolina to presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, many of them dealing with the issue of Kennedy's Catholicism. These letters were sent to the Democratic Party office in Raleigh after the President's office in Washington, D.C., had answered them.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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