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Harold E. Stassen: "Boy Governor" & Presidential Hopeful: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Harold E. Stassen being sworn in as Governor, 1941.

Harold Stassen Papers.
Papers documenting the life and career of a former Minnesota governor, presidential contender, naval officer, United Nations charter delegate, and Eisenhower cabinet member. The papers include correspondence and memoranda, speeches, campaign literature, schedules and itineraries, awards and certificates, press releases, press conference transcripts, magazine articles authored by Stassen, news clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, sound recordings, motion films, and video recordings. The collection highlights Stassen's gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, his role in post-World War II international diplomacy, and his involvement with civic, professional, and religious organizations.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Robert E. Matteson Papers.
Correspondence, memoranda, diaries, reports, speeches, articles, clippings, a videotape, and other materials written or assembled by St. Paul native Robert E. Matteson, relating primarily to his career in U.S. government service (1953-1971), on the White House staff and in other executive departments, and documenting his long association with Harold Stassen.
MNHS call number: Digital finding aid

Pamphlet Collection

Contains pamphlets and printed ephemera relating to political figures representing Minnesota in Congress and other government offices during the twentieth century, particularly Harold Stassen and Hubert Humphrey.
MNHS call number: Pamphlet Collection E748 through E840.

Speeches & Addresses

Selected Speeches, Radio Addresses, etc., by Harold Stassen:"American World Policy for Peace and Progress."
Address given by Harold E. Stassen at the University of Minnesota, March 7, 1945.
MNHS call number: D 815 .S767 1945

"The Front Line Trenches of Democracy."
Address of Harold E. Stassen, January 12, 1939.
MNHS call number: JK 6125 1939 .S79

Inaugural Messages of Governor Harold E. Stassen to the Legislature of Minnesota:
January 3, 1939; MNHS call number: J 87 .M62 1939
January 8, 1941; MNHS call number: J 87 .M62 1941
January 6, 1943; MNHS call number: J 87 .M62 1943

Keynote Address Before the Republican National Convention.
Text of Stassen's keynote address beofre the RNC on June 24, 1940.
MNHS call number: JK 2357 1940s

"A Pattern for Peace."
Address of Minnesota Governor Stassen delivered at the Northern Baptist Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 30, 1942.
MNHS call number: E 748 .S78 P33

"A Proposal of a Definite United Nations Government." 
An address by Governor Stassen at a joint session of the Minneapolis and St. Paul branches of the Foreign Policy Association at Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, January 7, 1943.
MNHS call number: E 748 .S78 P9

Books & Other Publications

Selected Writings by Harold E. Stassen:

  • "The Cost of Lasting Peace," by Harold E. Stassen.
    In Collier's, Vol. 113, no. 16 (April 21, 1945): pp. 11, 76-80.
    MNHS call number: FOLIO D 815 .S77c
  • Eisenhower—Turning the World Toward Peace, by Harold Stassen and Marshall Houts.
    St. Paul, Minn.: Merrill/Magnus Pub. Corp, 1990.
    MNHS call number: E 836 .S69 1990
  • Man Was Meant to be Free: Selected Statements, 1940-1951, by Harold Stassen; edited and forward by Amos J. Peaslee.
    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951.
    MNHS call number: E 813 .S8
  • "Organization of the Postwar World: Frank and Thorough Discussion Now Must Precede an Orderly World After the War," by Governor Harold E. Stassen.
    Reprint from the Saturday Evening Post (May 15 and 22, 1942).
    MNHS call number: E 748 .S78 W2
  • Where I Stand! by Harold Stassen. 
    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1947. 
    MNHS call number: E 748 .S75

"10 Reasons Why I Am for Harold Stassen for President."
Minneapolis: Neighbors for Stassen, 1948?
MNHS call number: JK 2358 .M5 T36 1948


Broadcast Recordings.
Radio addresses, debates, etc., of Governor Stassen, 1939-[194-]. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Oral History Interview with Harold Stassen, interviewed by Alec Kirby.
Stassen discusses his governorship of the state of Minnesota, the state's relationship with the mining industry, and he refutes the label from the 1940s that Minnesota was an isolationist state. He details his decision to resign as governor of Minnesota to join the United States Navy in 1943 and describes his service in the Navy. He lists his accomplishments at the University of Pennsylvania and talks about his own personal politics and political life.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Oral History Interview with Robert E. Matteson , interviewed by Alec Kirby.
Matteson had a long and varied career as a government official (1953-1972), including director of the White House disarmament staff in the 1950s, chief of staff for the Foreign Operations Administration, member of the Central Intelligence Agency's Board of National Intelligence Estimates, and director of civilian operations in the II Corps sector in Vietnam. In this interview Matteson speaks of his long involvement with the U.S. State Department, his relationships with Harold Stassen and Sigurd Olson, and his involvement in and attitudes towards the Vietnam War.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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