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Willkie Clubs mss., 1940

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Associated Willkie Clubs of America

Willkie Clubs mss., 1940

Collection No.
LMC 2325

64,417 items

Materials are in English.

The Willkie Clubs mss., 1940, consists of the presidential campaign records of the Associated Willkie Clubs of America for the U.S. presidential election of 1940.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Utilities executive Wendell Lewis Willkie, 1892-1944, began achieving national recognition in 1939 through his vocal and written arguments opposing the Tenessee Valley Authority and governmental control of energy production. A speech given in late March 1940 so impressed a young Wall Street lawyer, Oren Root, Jr., that Root launched a trial petition drive in New York asking for support of Willkie for president. The initial success of that drive led Root to take a leave of absence from his law firm and set up a headquarters for The Associated Willkie Clubs of America at 63rd Street & Madison Avenue, with himself as national chair of the movement.

Designed from the beginning as a volunteer, grass roots movement local clubs were made up of individuals of all political affiliations. The movement was so successful in attracting membership and contributions that the Willkie Clubs are generally given credit for Willkie's nomination at the Philadelphia Republican convention in spite of the party regulars and Old Guard Republicans. Following the election the Associated Willkie Clubs of America was dissolved in December 1940, with Willkie's blessing, and re-organized as the Independent Clubs of America. In this guise however, the organization lasted just one year, closing almost immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Associated Clubs; II. Campaign correspondence; III. Club correspondence; IV. Contributors' letters; V. Independent Clubs; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Post-election testimonials and suggestions; VIII. Regional set-up of clubs; IX. Financial; and, X. Card files.

Scope and Content Note

The Willkie Clubs mss., 1940, consists of the presidential campaign records of the Associated Willkie Clubs of America for the U.S. presidential election of 1940. Includes correspondence; financial reports; cancelled checks; contribution receipts; expense vouchers; card files of club workers, correspondents, and volunteers.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired 1952.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Willkie Clubs mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 I. Associated Clubs

Financial reports 1-4

Reports of receipts and expenditures

Proceedings National Conference of Leaders, Associated Willkie Clubs of America, Dec. 14, 1940

(3 copies)

Series: Box 2 II. Campaign Correspondence

Alaska - Colorado

Box 3 Connecticut - Florida

Box 4 Georgia - Indiana

Box 5 Iowa - Massachusetts (Misc. cities A-L)

Box 6 Massachusetts (Misc. cities M-Z) - New Hampshire

Box 7 New Jersey - New Mexico

Box 8 North Carolina - Pennsylvania (Harrisburg)

Box 9 Pennsylvania (Johnstown) - Tennessee (Misc. cities A-Q)

Box 10 Tennessee (Misc. cities R-Z) - Wisconsin

Box 11 Wyoming

Series: Box 11 III. Club Correspondence

Alaska - Washington, D.C.

Box 12 Washington D.C. (cont.) - Maine

Box 13 Maryland - Nebraska

Box 14 Nevada - Pennsylvania (Johnstown)

Box 15 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) - Virginia (Charlottesville)

Box 16 Virginia (Richmond) - Wyoming

Series: Box 16 IV. Contributors' Letters

Arranged alphabetically by state, followed by New York City, which is arranged alphabetically by correspondent

Alabama - Massachusetts

Box 17 Michigan - New York City (contributors A-F)

Box 18 New York City (contributors G-Z)

Donation acknowledgements


Box 19 Contributions (cont.)

Series: Box 19 V. Independent Clubs

Alabama - Minnesota

Box 20 Missouri - Tennessee

Box 21 Utah - Wyoming

Series: Box 21 VI. Miscellaneous





Democratic Party publicity

Fifth Avenue Coach Company



New York State, Dept. of Labor

Pheiffer, W.T., New York

Pre-convention personnel

Post Office

Regan Office Furniture Company

Republican National Committee

U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue

Willkie Club Payrolls

Willkie Club State Expenditures

Series: Box 21 VII. Post-Election Testimonials and Suggestions

A - New Jersey (cities A-M)

Box 22 New Jersey (cities N-Z) - Wyoming

Series: Box 22 VIII. Regional Set-up of Clubs

Favorable A-B

(Correspondence between donors and Willkie Clubs concerning retention of unused contributions)

Box 23 Favorable C-Z

Refund letters

Refund inquiries

Series: Box 24 IX. Financial

"R.H. Donnelley Corp. kits file"

Contributors' receipts

Checkbooks from Irving Trust Co.

(3 checkbooks)

Box 25 Club contributors' receipts in duplicate

Cancelled checks

Statement of Treasurer of Political Committee

Kits file

Notebook of "solicitors and contributions gotten by each"

Box 26 Vouchers 1 - 360

(numbers 46, 161, 271, 287, 324 missing)

Box 27 Vouchers 361 - 720

(numbers 399, 485, 499, 503, 559, 662, 703 missing)

Oversize 1 Receipts ledger

Series: Box 28 X. Card files

Master file: club workers

Independent clubs file

Card index of correspondents: A - Car

Box 29 Card index of correspondents: Cas - Lem

Box 30 Card index of correspondents: Len - Th

Box 31 Card index of correspondents: Ti - Z

Pre-election volunteers

Oversize 2 Card index of Willkie clubs (Alabama - Iowa)

Oversize 3 Card index of Willkie clubs (Kansas - New York, Lynbrook)

Oversize 4 Card index of Willkie clubs (New York, Mahopac -Wyoming)