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Eugene McCarthy: Politician, Peace Advocate, & Poet: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


York Langton (left) with Eugenie Anderson (center) and Eugene McCarthy, 1955.

Eugene J. McCarthy Papers.
Eugene J. McCarthy's files as U.S. Congress member (Democratic Farmer-Labor) from Minnesota's fourth district (1949-1958) and as U.S. senator from Minnesota (1959-1970). 
MNHS call numberDigital Finding Aid

  • Executive Files (1959-1976).
    Contains correspondence between citizens and McCarthy and departments of the federal government.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • General Files (1943-1970).
    Miscellaneous assortment of papers including correspondence, Executive Department files, news clippings, membership files, committee files, and speech schedules.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • Legislative Files (1948-1972).
    Concern bills introduced or supported by McCarthy; issues and legislation of concern to various congressional committees and public opinion on them; and the work of the committees on which McCarthy served, particularly the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Foreign relations, especially the Vietnam War, are heavily emphasized in the files for 1966-1970.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • Personal Papers (1950-2000).
    Personal Papers focus on McCarthy's writing. Included are texts, notes, and drafts of his books, poetry, essays, articles, and other miscellaneous writings. There is also correspondence related to book publishing. Account statements and order books, certificates and awards, membership files, schedule and trip files, daily reminders, and appointments are also present.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • Political and Campaign Files (1947-1994).
    Consists of Senate, vice presidential, and presidential campaign files, convention files, election files, correspondence, issue and subject files, County and District files, and voting records. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazine articles by and about McCarthy, newsletters, and press releases.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • Public Relations (1949-1979).
    Public relations files include clippings and magazine articles, press releases and newsletters, publicity files, problems, requests, and miscellaneous files.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • Sound and Visual Materials (1948-1969).
    Photographs (family, publicity, campaign related, and miscellaneous) sound reel tapes, sound cassettes, and film reels of campaign spots, speeches, and debates. Also includes film and sound tapes of appearances by Eugene McCarthy on national and local television and radio.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
  • Speech Files (1950-1989).
    Speeches consist of general speech files and Senate speech files. They include drafts and notes, texts, and final versions. There are also interviews and panel transcripts.
    MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Abigail McCarthy Papers.
Papers documenting the varied activities of an author and editor, college teacher, feminist, Catholic lay worker and ecumenical leader, and Democratic Party activist, who was also the wife of Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. Papers include correspondence, campaign materials, and printed matter regarding her political activities, including various Democratic Party women's groups, Women for McCarthy, and, especially, Eugene McCarthy's 1968 presidential campaign in which Abigail played a central role.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (McCarthy, Abigail Q.).

Correspondence with Hubert Humphrey, 1960-1968, collected by Frederick F. Manfred.
Manfred's correspondence with Hubert H. Humphrey, including Manfred's comments on Eugene McCarthy's 1968 presidential primary campaign.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P711).

Marianne Hamilton Papers.
Personal papers of a founding member of the International Assembly of Christians in Solidarity with the Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian People and a U.S. coordinator of the Assembly representing the Catholic Commission of Inquiry. The collection includes one folder related to the 1968 Democratic National Convention includes correspondence from Eugene McCarthy and Hamilton's eyewitness account of police action at the Chicago convention.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Hamilton, Marianne).

Hubert H. Humphrey Vice-Presidential Files, collected by William B. Welsh.
Reports, memoranda, speeches, correspondence, notes, and other materials kept by William B. Welsh in his capacity as Administrative Assistant to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey during the late 1960s. Major topics include Humphrey's 1968 presidential campaign, the Vietnam War, and the response to the urban riots of the late 1960s.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Papers Relating to the 1968 Democratic Convention, collected by Lyle D. Tollefson.
Papers relating to the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, Illinois, which Tollefson attended as a graduate student from the University of Minnesota. Included are items used to promote the campaign of Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, clippings providing information on the McCarthy family, a list of the Minnesota delegation, copies of platform planks, a telegram from Tollefson to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey regarding the disorder in Chicago during the convention, and Humphrey's response, a copy of Humphrey's address accepting the nomination as Democratic candidate for president, copies of press releases, brief biographies of prominent Democrats, and other miscellaneous items. Some of the materials were part of a press kit for the convention.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P618).

John Tomlinson Papers.
Papers collected by Tomlinson as organizer of support on St. Paul's East Side for Eugene J. McCarthy as the Democratic nominee for U.S. president in 1968, with information on the McCarthy campaign at various levels, precinct caucus data, and materials relating to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party state convention (1968).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P746).


"Gene McCarthy is More Together Than Ed Muskie Will Ever Be: McCarthy vs. Muskie, March 21," campaign poster.
Chicago, Ill.: McCarthy '72 Campaign, 1972.
MNHS call number: E 840.8 .M3 G46 1972

Books & Other Publications

The Year of the Peopleby Eugene McCarthy.
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969.
MNHS call number: E851 .M28

Frankly McCarthy, by Eugene J. McCarthy, edited by Carol E. Rinzler.
Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1969.
MNHS call number: E 840.8 .M3 A48

Gene McCarthy's Minnesota: Memories of a Native Sonby Eugene J. McCarthy.
Minneapolis, Minn.: Winston Press, 1982.
A book of poems written by McCarthy.

MNHS call number: E 840.8.M3 Z53

Candidates 1968: The Public Records of Twenty-Five Americans Prominently Mentioned for the Presidency or Vice Presidency.
Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1968.
MNHS call number: E 840.6 .C6 1968

Film & Video

Eugene J. McCarthy: Muses and Mementos, 44 minute video. 
Produced by Mick Caouette. South Hill Films, c2006.
In two interviews (1996, 2000), former Minnesota senator Eugene J. McCarthy talks about topics including his staunch liberal political views and his role in twentieth century American politics.
MNHS call number: DVD 14

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