Erwin C. Surrency Collection of Political MaterialsErwin C. Surrency Collection of Political Materials

Erwin C. Surrency Collection of Political Materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: Erwin C. Surrency Collection of Political Materials
Creator: Surrency, Erwin C., 1924-
Dates: 1946-1964, 1984
Extent: 5.0 boxes (2.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/068/ESPC
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Erwin C. Surrency Collection of Political Materials consists of political campaign materials collected by Surrency over the course of his career as law librarian and professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, later at the University of Georgia. It covers the years 1946-1964 and includes printed materials, handbooks, press releases, news clippings, bumper stickers, buttons, and pamphlets. Materials document Democratic and Republican Party campaigns at the national level and the Pennsylvania state or local level including Adlai Stevenson's 1952 presidential campaign and the 1964 "Republicans for Johnson" presidential campaign. Georgia national and state materials mainly pertain to Mrs. Jesse W. Jenkins' 1950 gubernatorial campaign. Also includes AFL-CIO political education materials (1950-1954, 1964).

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Erwin Campbell Surrency was born in Jesup, Georgia on May 11, 1924 to H.W. and Mary (Campbell) Surrency. In September of 1945 he married Ida E. Winn. They had two children, Robert Erwin and Ellen Gwinn.

Surrency attended North Georgia College from 1940 to 1941, received his A.B. from the University of Georgia in 1947, his LL. B in 1948, and M.A. in 1949. In 1950 he was awarded his Masters in Library Science from George Peabody University. From 1950 to 1978 Surrency was the Law librarian at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also was professor of law at Temple University from 1951 to 1972. In 1972 he was appointed assistant dean and law librarian at Temple and held this position until 1978. In 1979, he moved to Athens, Georgia to take the post of law librarian and professor of law at the University of Georgia. Surrency retired in 1995.

Surrency was visiting professor at Queen's University at the University of Belfast in Northern Ireland from 1963 to 1964, was library consultant for the American Bar Foundation from 1953 to 1954, and acted as a consultant for the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies from 1975 to 1976. Surrency is author of The Marshall Reader (with Carrol C. Moreland) published in 1955, Research in Pennsylvania Law, two editions published in 1953 and 1965, and A History of Federal Courts published in 1987. He was the editor of the 1989 edition of the History of American Legal Literature and editor of the American Journal of Legal History, 1957.

Scope and Content

The Erwin Surrency Collection consists of political campaign materials collected by Surrency over the course of his career as law librarian and professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, later at the University of Georgia. The years represented by these items are 1946 to 1964. Most of the information consists of Democratic and Republican Party campaign materials for national, state, and local political campaigns. Much of the literature at the local and state level is from Pennsylvania, with a smattering of material from Georgia. The types of material included in this collection of political propaganda are voting handbooks, candidate information, party platforms, campaign memorabilia, letters, clippings, campaign speeches, press releases, campaign essays, and photographs.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection encompasses one series, Political, which is divided into three subseries: A. General File, B. Georgia, and C. Photographs. The types of material included in this collection of political campaign materials are voting handbooks, candidate information, party platforms, campaign memorabilia, letters, clippings, campaign speeches, press releases, and campaign essays. The original order of the collection has been maintained.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Erwin C. Surrency Collection of Political Materials, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Notes

Clippings have been copied onto bond paper for preservation of content.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2008.


Related Materials

Access Points

AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Democratic Party (Pa.)
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Governors--Georgia--Election.
Jenkins, Jessie W.
Pamphlets.
Pennsylvania--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Pennsylvania--Politics and government--1951-
Photographs.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Political campaigns--Pennsylvania.
Presidents--United States--Election--1952.
Presidents--United States--Election--1964.
Press releases.
Republican Party (Ga.)
Republican Party (Pa.)
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.

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Georgia Republican Party Central Committee Campaign Collection

Georgia Republican Party Records

Democratic Party of Georgia Records

John B. Morris Papers

Robert M. Willingham Democratic Party of Georgia Files

Georgia State Democratic Executive Committee Records


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

I. Political



A. General File

Extent: 3.0 boxes
Extent: (2 linear feet)
Scope and Contents note: This subseries consists mainly of Democratic and Republican Party campaign material for national, state, and local political campaigns. Voting handbooks, candidate information, party platforms, letters, clippings, campaign speeches and press releases, and election propaganda are included. Much of the material at the local and state level is from Pennsylvania . Adlai Stevenson's 1952 run for the presidency is highlighted. AFL - CIO political education materials can be found dating from 1950 to 1954 and 1964. Also of interest is the "Republicans for Johnson" campaign data from 1964. This series also includes twenty copies of Democratic Digest dating from June 1955 to November 1956.
BoxFolder
11AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, Campaign Material, Pro-Johnson and Humphrey, 1964
12Democratic National Committee, Presidential Campaign Material, Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, 1964
13Pennsylvania Democratic Committee, Campaign Material, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Genevieve Blatt, 1964
14Republican Citizens for Better Government Committee, Campaign Material, 1964
15Republican Committees (National and Pennsylvania), Campaign Materials, Barry Goldwater and William E. Miller, 1964
16Republicans for Johnson, Campaign Material, 1964
17Pennsylvania Democratic Committee, Campaign Materials, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1964
18Delaware Co., Pennsylvania Democratic Committee Pamphlets [Pro-Kennedy Material], November 1962
19Pennsylvania Republican Party, Campaign Material, 1950-1958
110Democratic National Committee, Platform Voting, Campaign Literature (folder 1 of 2), 1956
111Democratic National Committee, Platform Voting, Campaign Literature (folder 2 of 2), 1956
112Dwight D. Eisenhower for President and Richard Nixon for Vice President, Campaign Material, 1956
113Dwight D. Eisenhower for President and Richard Nixon for Vice President, Campaign Material, 1956
114A.F. of L. Labor's League for Political Education, Philadelphia, 1950-1954
115Democratic National Committee, Political Publicity Material, 1953, 1954
116Pennsylvania Bar Association, Committee on Pennsylvania Constitution Pamphlets, 1953
117Republican National Committee, Party Literature, 1952-1956
BoxFolder
21Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 1 of 7), October 25, 1952-February 27, 1953
22Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 2 of 7), October 23, 1952-October 27, 1952
23Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 3 of 7), October 16, 1952-October 23, 1952
24Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 4 of 7), October 14, 1952-October 19, 1952
25Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 5 of 7), October 8, 1952-October 10, 1952
26Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 6 of 7), September 10, 1952-October 4, 1952
27Campaign Speeches for the 1952 Presidential Campaign, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson [Press Releases] (folder 7 of 7), July 21, 1952-September 8, 1952
28"Volunteers for Stevenson" [Adlai E. Stevenson], Campaign Literature, 1952
29Democratic National Committee, Campaign Handbook, 1952
210Democratic National Committee, Democratic Platform Literature, 1952
BoxFolder
31Democratic National Committee, Adlai Stevenson for President and John J. Sparkman for Vice-President, Campaign Materials (folder 1 of 2), 1952
32Democratic National Committee, Adlai Stevenson for President and John J. Sparkman for Vice-President, Campaign Materials (folder 2 of 2), 1952
33Republican National Committee, Campaign Material, 1952
BoxFolder
41Democratic Fact Book, 1954
42Democratic Digest, June 1955
43Democratic Digest, July 1955
44Democratic Digest, August 1955
45Democratic Digest (2 copies), September 1955
46Democratic Digest, October 1955
47Democratic Digest, November 1955
48Democratic Digest, December 1955
49Democratic Digest, January 1956
410Democratic Digest, February 1956
411Democratic Digest, March 1956
412Democratic Digest, April 1956
413Democratic Digest, May 1956
414Democratic Digest, June 1956
415Democratic Digest, July 1956
416Democratic Digest, August 1956
417Democratic Digest, September 1956
418Democratic Digest, October 1956
419Democratic Digest, November 1956
BoxFolder
51Republican Committee (National and Pennsylvania), Citizens for Eisenhower and Nixon, Campaign Materials, 1952
52The Record of Adlai E. Stevenson, Governor of Illinois, (1948-1952)
53American Voting Material, 1952
54"Poll of Polls" by John U. Barr, Citizen of the United States, 1952
55Republican National Committee Biographical Information on Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, 1952
56Republican National Committee Biographical Information on Richard and Pat Nixon, 1952
57Senator Robert A. Taft Campaign Materials [Taft Committee], 1952
58Republican National Committee, Thomas E. Dewey for President and Earl Warren for Vice-President, Campaign Material, 1948
59National States' Rights Democrats Campaign Committee, "States' Rights Information and Speakers Handbook", [August 1948]
510Republican State Central Committee of Minnesota, Candidate Pamphlet, Harold E. Stassen for President, 1946



B. Georgia

Extent: 1.0 box
Extent: (.25 linear foot)
Scope and Contents note: This subseries consists of campaign essays and printed material from several state and national elections. Mrs. Jessie W. Jenkins's race for governor of Georgia in 1950 and a campaign pamphlet from Tom Linder's bid for governor of Georgia in 1954 can be found. Several pamphlets generated by the Georgia Republican Party on Thomas E. Dewey's 1948 campaign for president are also included. This subseries also includes charts on the organization of Georgia state government 1964 and 1971, 1972 and calendars of 1976 election events.
BoxFolder
511Tom Linder for Governor of Georgia, Campaign Pamphlet, 1954
512Campaign Pamphlet for Mrs. Jessie W. Jenkins, Candidate for Governor of Georgia, "The Evil Genius: Democracy", 1950
513The National Patrick Henry Organization Pamphlet to Elect Mrs. Jessie W. Jenkins for Governor of Georgia, "America Goes Communist", 1950
514The National Patrick Henry Organization Pamphlet to Elect Mrs. Jessie W. Jenkins for Governor of Georgia, "America Re-Born", 1950
515The National Patrick Henry Organization Pamphlet to Elect Mrs. Jessie W. Jenkins for Governor of Georgia, "Civil Rights or State Sovereignty?", 1950
516Georgia Campaign for Governor, Campaign Material (C.O. Baker, Pat Hungerford, Jessie Jenkins, Melvin Thompson), 1950
517Thomas E. Dewey for President and Earl Warren for Vice-President, Campaign Pamphlets, Georgia Republican Party, [1948]
518Photographs of Carl Sanders, undated
519John Glenn presidential campaign bumper sticker, 1984
520Strom Thurmond campaign flyer
Box
mapcaseGeorgia Political Charts and Calendars, undated
mapcaseWhite Tax Payer’s Returns of Property for Taxation, 1949



C. Photographs

Extent: 9.0 photographs
Scope and Contents note: This subseries consists of images of the following political figures: Carl Sanders, Marvin Griffin, Francis J. Meyers, and Richardson Dilworth.
BoxFolder
521Richardson Dilworth
522Marvin Griffin
523Francis J. Meyers
524Carl Sanders [6]