Friday, September 14, 2012

Rival Candidates Exhibition

Announcing a new exhibition in the Archives and Special Collections Department on the fifth floor of the University Library: The Rival Candidates: Electioneering and Politicians in California. The exhibition will run from the conventions until the inauguration (August 2012-February 2013). Featuring materials from the Glenn Anderson Collection, the Juanity Millender-McDonald Collection, the Glenn Dumke Collection and other archival collections, the Rival Candidates focuses on national, state and local elections and politics mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, but also materials from the 2000s. The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the vast material the Archives holds on elections and politics. Also included in the exhibition are newspaper headlines from major events involving presidents, political conventions during the 1940s and 1950s, the strange sage of cross-filing for primary elections in California, Juanita Millender-McDonald’s career, early minority congressional candidates, Presidential inaugurations, buttons, White House signing pens, campaign buttons and even White House Easter Egg Hunt eggs. The Archival collection of Glenn Anderson features an endless array of materials from the 1930s to the 1990s. Anderson (1913-1994) was the mayor of Hawthorne before he was thirty, a state assemblyman, co-founder of the State Democratic Council, Lt. Governor for eight years during the Pat Brown administration, and Congressman from the South Bay and Long Beach for 20 years. He helped fund the 710 freeway and the 105 freeway is named for him. Juanita Millender-McDonald (1938-2007) was a Congresswoman from the South Bay from (1996-2007), a state legislator and Carson City Council member. Dr. Glenn Dumke (1917-1989) was a history professor and dean at Occidental College, President of San Francisco State College and Chancellor of the CSU System from 1962 to 1982. Dumke’s papers are part of the CSU System Archives which are housed in the Archives at CSUDH. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to view the exhibition Monday-Friday 10-4 in the Archives on the South Side of the Library on the Fifth Floor. For more information call 310 243-3895. Faculty are welcome to bring their classes to see the exhibition or for instruction on the primary resources within the Archives. While there are many major topics and themes in the exhibition….there is also a good deal of factual information scattered throughout the exhibition.
Political junkies may know most of the following questions, but the answers are scattered throughout the exhibition. Who was Alben W. Barkley? What Roosevelt ran for Governor of California in 1950? Who was Miss Jane from the Beverly Hillbillies supporting for Lt. Governor in 1966? Which U.S. Presidents lived in Compton? Why did Congressman Richard Nixon run as a Democrat in the Democratic Primary in 1948? Who was the Congresswoman and movie star’s wife that gave Richard Nixon the nickname “Tricky Dick?” Where was John F. Kennedy nominated as the Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate in 1960? What did Frank Sinatra have to do with Glenn Anderson’s campaign for Lt. Governor in 1958. What future governor was Governor Brown fishing with in 1960? What California politicians were the Republican Party candidates for Vice President in 1948, 1952 and 1956? Who were Democratic Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson’s running mates in 1952 and 1956? What California Governor became one of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court justice of the 20th century? What future President was accused of trying to impeach him? (Okay, the second question is not in the exhibition). Who was California’s favorite son for the 1948 and 1952 Republican conventions? Who did the Republicans like in 1952? Answers???? Come see the Exhibition….

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