Willkie Clubs mss., 1940
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Associated Willkie Clubs of America
Willkie Clubs mss., 1940
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.
This collection is open for research.
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
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.
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
Willkie Clubs mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
I. Associated Clubs
Financial reports 1-4
Reports of receipts and expenditures
Proceedings National Conference of Leaders, Associated Willkie
Clubs of America, Dec. 14,
II. Campaign Correspondence
Alaska - Colorado
Connecticut - Florida
Georgia - Indiana
Iowa - Massachusetts (Misc. cities A-L)
Massachusetts (Misc. cities M-Z) - New Hampshire
New Jersey - New Mexico
North Carolina - Pennsylvania (Harrisburg)
Pennsylvania (Johnstown) - Tennessee (Misc. cities
Tennessee (Misc. cities R-Z) - Wisconsin
III. Club Correspondence
Alaska - Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. (cont.) - Maine
Maryland - Nebraska
Nevada - Pennsylvania (Johnstown)
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) - Virginia
Virginia (Richmond) - Wyoming
IV. Contributors' Letters
Arranged alphabetically by state, followed by New York City, which is
arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Alabama - Massachusetts
Michigan - New York City (contributors A-F)
New York City (contributors G-Z)
V. Independent Clubs
Alabama - Minnesota
Missouri - Tennessee
Utah - Wyoming
Democratic Party publicity
Fifth Avenue Coach Company
New York State, Dept. of Labor
Pheiffer, W.T., New York
Regan Office Furniture Company
Republican National Committee
U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue
Willkie Club Payrolls
Willkie Club State Expenditures
VII. Post-Election Testimonials and Suggestions
A - New Jersey (cities A-M)
New Jersey (cities N-Z) - Wyoming
VIII. Regional Set-up of Clubs
(Correspondence between donors and Willkie Clubs concerning retention
of unused contributions)
"R.H. Donnelley Corp. kits file"
Checkbooks from Irving Trust Co.
Club contributors' receipts in duplicate
Statement of Treasurer of Political Committee
Notebook of "solicitors and
contributions gotten by each"
Vouchers 1 - 360
(numbers 46, 161, 271, 287, 324 missing)
Vouchers 361 - 720
(numbers 399, 485, 499, 503, 559, 662, 703 missing)
X. Card files
Master file: club workers
Independent clubs file
Card index of correspondents: A - Car
Card index of correspondents: Cas - Lem
Card index of correspondents: Len - Th
Card index of correspondents: Ti - Z
Card index of Willkie clubs (Alabama - Iowa)
Card index of Willkie clubs (Kansas - New York,
Card index of Willkie clubs (New York, Mahopac