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Guide to the Robert Price Papers
1930s-2012 (bulk 1958-1965)
 MS 3130

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Series III. Other political activities & material, 1930s-2012

Scope and Contents

Series III holds scant material from Robert Price's time as deputy mayor of New York City (January–November, 1966): biographical press releases, some correspondence, and a few speeches. Of interest for their rarity are the campaign samples—e.g., ephemera, buttons, lapel pins, nail files, bumper stickers, and other paraphernalia—produced by public candidates other than John V. Lindsay or Nelson A. Rockefeller, from New York and elsewhere (see Box 4, Folders 2–17, and Box 8c). Series III includes a program and ticket for the Democratic Party's 1962 fundraising gala at Madison Square Garden at which Marilyn Monroe infamously sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy (see Box 4, Folder 13). Also in Series III is a portable, mechanical Shoup Voting Machine Corporation sample of the type of lever voting machine common at New York polling places before their replacement by electronic scanners (see Box 8d).

Arrangement

Material is organized chronologically, except for the campaign samples, ephemera, and paraphernalia, which are grouped after the topic-specific folders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Republican Club of the 9th Assembly District
1957-1963
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Deputy Mayor. Biographical
1965
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Deputy Mayor. Correspondence
1966
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Deputy Mayor. Speech: "John Lindsay and the Urban Adventure"

Scope and Contents

Remarks before the Manhattan Chapter of the Brandeis University National Women's Committee, Waldorf-Astoria.

1966 April 18
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Deputy Mayor. Speech: Statement before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly (Quinine)

Scope and Contents

In 1966 the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly began an investigation into what it called "a fantastic rise" in the price of quinine after members of Congress received numerous complaints from constituents who used quindine, a quinine derivative prescribed for irregular heartbeats. Although he was then Deputy Mayor of New York City, Robert Price was called to testify before the subcommittee because his law firm, Kupferman & Price, was general counsel in 1961–1962 to a small public company, Hexagon Laboratories, Inc., which had sought to obtain surplus United States quinine. At the same time, Dutch interests had bought most of the surplus for 20 cents an ounce and were (in 1966) selling it to pharmaceutical companies for $2 an ounce.

1966 May 16
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Deputy Mayor. Speech: "Is City Government Obsolete?"

Scope and Contents

Remarks before the Governor's Conference on Decisions for Progress, Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington.

1966 June 4
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Deputy Mayor. Speech: "Coming Political Struggle" (notes)
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Box: 4 Folder : 5 Abraham Lincoln quotation & correspondence

Scope and Contents

Multiple copies of an Abraham Lincoln quotation: "If I were trying to read, much less answer all the attacks made on me, this shop might well be closed for any other business. I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." With carbon copies of letters by which Robert Price sent the quotation to various officials and businessmen throughout the United States.

1968
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Richard Nixon cabinet

Scope and Contents

Issues of TIME (December 20, 1968) and  Newsweek (December 23, 1968) profiling the incoming cabinet of President Richard Nixon.

1968
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Op-Eds
1974-2012
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Gerald Ford

Scope and Contents

Material exploring Robert Price's possible involvement in the political activities of the 38th President after his term's end.

1975-2000
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Jimmy Carter

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings regarding Robert Price's possible appointment to a special counsel post to supervise a federal investigation of President Carter's family peanut business. The Carter family business received loans totalling $7 million from the National Bank of Georgia authorized by former federal Budget Director Bert Lance.

1979
Box: 4 Folder : 10-11 Donald Rumsfeld [2 folders]

Scope and Contents

Donald H. Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, briefly sought the Republican nomination for president in 1988.

1980-1986
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Campaign samples. New York [folder 1 of 4]

Scope and Contents

Jack BALTZELL and Alice SACHS

Bruce BARTON

Lester BAUM

LaFollette BECKER

Frederic S. BERMAN

Matthew H. BRANDENBURG

Charles D. BREITEL

John R. BROOK

Frederick BRYAN

John J. BURNS

John M. BURNS

Samuel C. CANTOR

William A. CARROLL

Samuel C. COLEMAN

Robert T. CONNOR

Edward CORSI

John ELLIS

Burton M. FINE

1930s-1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Campaign samples. New York [folder 2 of 4]

Scope and Contents

Charles GOLD

Dick GREGORY

Jacob GRUMET

W. Averell HARRIMAN

Burton G. HECHT

Stanley M. ISAACS

Jacob "Jack" JAVITS

Jules J. JUSTIN

Ken KEATING

KENNEDY-JOHNSON

John F. KENNEDY [Ticket and program to JFK's birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden, May 19, 1962.]

Robert F. KENNEDY

Edward I. KOCH

Theodore KUPFERMAN

John LAMULA

Louis J. LEFKOWITZ

Herbert H. LEHMAN

Arthur LEVITT

Charles D. LIEBER

J. Edward LUMBARD

James A. LUNDY

1930s-1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Campaign samples. New York [folder 3 of 4]

Scope and Contents

Tom MALLEE

George J. MINTZER

Francis T. MURPHY Jr.

William H. McINTYRE

New York State Supreme Court

Richard M. NIXON

William F. PASSANNANTE

Samuel R. PIERCE Jr.

Henry V. POOR

Ogden REID

John H. RAY

Gilbert A. ROBINSON

William F. RYAN

1930s-1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Campaign samples. New York [folder 4 of 4]

Scope and Contents

Warren L. SCHNUR

Paul R. SCREVANE

Benjamin SHALLECK

Maxwell SHAPIRO

William S. SHEA

Daniel STEINER

Robert K. STRAUS

Gerald H. ULLMAN

James B. WALKER Jr.

Fred WARDER

Malcolm WILSON

1930s-1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Campaign samples. Non-New York

Scope and Contents

William H. AYRES

E. Y. BERRY

Hamer BUDGE

Charles E. CHAMBERLAIN

Louis W. COLLIER

Edward J. DERWINSKI

Samuel L. DEVINE

Doug ELLIOTT

Samuel N. FRIEDEL

Cecil HARDEN

Joe HOLT

Craig HOSMER

Richard J. HUGHES

Melvin R. LAIRD

Glen LIPSCOMB

George Cabot LODGE

Charles McC. MATHIAS

James P. MITCHELL

F. Bradford MORSE

Hjalmar C. NYGAARD

Albert H. QUIE

Richard RICHARDS

Milnor ROBERTS [33 & 1/3-RPM floppy record]

William SCRANTON

Abner W. SIBAL

John K. TABOR

Stan TUPPER

George VAVOULIS

Wheelock WHITNEY

Bob WILSON

Wendell WYATT

J. Arthur YOUNGER

1950s-1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Campaign samples. Bumper stickers [8 items]

Scope and Contents

CONNOR FOR CONGRESS [2 copies]

GOLDWATER / MILLER

JOHNSON / HUMPHREY FOR THE USA

KENNEDY U.S. SENATOR [Robert F. Kennedy]

RE-ELECT VAVOULIS MAYOR [George Vavoulis] [3 copies]

1960s
Box: 8c Campaign samples. Bottle stoppers [2 items]

Scope and Contents

"Colorful Plastic Bottle Caps for your opened soft drink bottles. They will keep your beverages fresh and sparkling for weeks." Apparently customizable, the two examples present are printed with "The Winchester Bank" and "SAKRETE." Perhaps Robert Price considered using bottle caps as a form of campaign advertisement.

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Box: 8c Campaign samples. Buttons & lapel pins [18 items]

Scope and Contents

For Congress AKERS 17th District

CONNOR for Congress [3 copies]

GOLDWATER

I / HATE / BARRY [Goldwater]

IRM

Bill MILLER [with portrait]

Bill MILLER for Veep

New York State Citizens Committee

NIXON

NIXON '60 Now!

Relax

Bill SCRANTON

SCRANTON for President

Elect SCREVANE Mayor

STEVENSON

Bill VANDEN HEUVEL for Congress

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Box: 8c Campaign samples. Ink stamp

Scope and Contents

PAY TO THE ORDER OF / FIRST NATIONAL CITY BANK / PARK AVENUE - 46th STREET BRANCH / Committe For New York Government Candidates.

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Box: 8c Campaign samples. Nail files [4 items]

Scope and Contents

Elect / JOHN W. HAHN / Councilman

Re-Elect / Wm. H. HESS / to Congress

Re-Elect / TOM V. MOORHEAD / State Senator

SAY / I'M FOR NIXON / VOTE REPUBLICAN

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Box: 8c Convention pins, ribbons, etc. [10 items]

Scope and Contents

Honorary Assistant Sergeant at Arms / 1948 / Philadelphia Republican National Convention [lapel ribbon]

St. Olaf College Political Emphasis Week 1962

Delegate Republican State Convention Sept. 18-19, 1962, Buffalo, New York [lapel ribbon]

New York Republican State Committee Guest

N Y COUNTY [with Republican elephant]

Republican National Convention San Francisco 1964 "Bob Price" [name tag]

Republican National Convention San Francisco 1964 "Radio - T.V." [name tag]

Delegate San Francisco 1964 / Air Transport Association Flying Elephant Club [key]

[pink envelope printed "KEY" holding 2 small keys]

1948-1964
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Publications. Campaign Technique Manual
circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Publications. Democratic County Handbook
circa 1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Publications. Republican Party, National
circa 1950s-1960s
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Publications. Republican Party, New York
circa 1958-1964
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Publications. Voter registration guides & ephemera
circa 1952-1960
Box: 8d Shoup Voting Machine Corporation sample

Scope and Contents

A portable, mechanical sample of the type of lever voting machine common at New York polling places before the introduction of electronic scanners. The Shoup Voting Machine Corporation, founded in 1905 by Samuel R. Shoup, eventually came to be called Advanced Voting Solutions, Inc., before going out of business in 2015.

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