John F. Kennedy Campaign Poster, circa 1960

Source: Joseph F. and Lala Carr Steelman Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, #924

JFK campaign poster

JFK campaign poster

Staff Person: Dale Sauter

Description:

Today’s staff pick is a John F. Kennedy campaign poster (circa 1960) from the Joseph F. and Lala Carr Steelman Papers (#924). The Steelmans, who taught in ECU’s Department of History for many years, were active politically. The poster is believed to have been one used at Kennedy’s appearance at ECU (then East Carolina College) on September 17, 1960, during his campaign for President. This appearance marked the first time a presidential candidate had visted the city of Greenville. A photo of the event from East Carolina University’s Archives is also featured with the poster.

Kennedy Visits Greenville

Kennedy Visits Greenville

Clarence Leroy Shuping Letter

Source: Guide to the Clarence Leroy Shuping Papers, 1920-1975, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #553

Staff Person: Maury York

Description:

Letter of Clarence Leroy Shuping concerning Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Campaign in North Carolina, May 14, 1932

Clarence Leroy Shuping (1886-1971), a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, practiced law in Greensboro for many years following his admission to the State Bar in 1912. An active member of the Democratic Party, Shuping served the organization on the state and national levels and managed Josiah Bailey’s successful campaign in 1930 for a seat in the United States Senate. In 1932 he served as state campaign manager for Franklin D. Roosevelt in his bid for the presidency. This letter from Shuping to the chairman of the Democratic State Committee in New York, where Roosevelt served as governor, outlines steps that had been taken in North Carolina to organize support for Roosevelt. Shuping mentions that North Carolinians “resent” the position of former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith, who unsuccessfully opposed Roosevelt for the Democratic nomination. The Clarence Leroy Shuping Papers complement other collections within the East Carolina Manuscript Collection that pertain to state and national politics. If researchers are interested in any other material from the Shuping Papers, then they should go to the collection’s finding aid which can be accessed at Clarence Leroy Shuping Papers, #553

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Clarence Leroy Shuping letter

Clarence Leroy Shuping letter