Where are the papers of Eugene McCarthy?


The papers are in our Archives and Special Collections in Andersen Library.

The University of Minnesota Libraries house the literary and presidential campaign papers of United States Senator Eugene J. McCarthy. McCarthy, who received an M.A. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1938, served as U.S. congressman from Minnesota's Fourth District from 1949-1958 and U.S. senator from 1959-1970. He was a Democratic presidential candidate in 1968, 1972 and 1976. His views against the Vietnam War raised fundamental questions concerning U.S. intervention that became military, political, and moral issues. Following his political career, McCarthy served as a senior editor at Simon and Schuster, New York City, and as a syndicated columnist.

The McCarthy Papers contain office and national campaign files, audio-visual materials and campaign film footage, advertising, correspondence, press releases, speeches, oral history transcripts that were part of the McCarthy Historical Project, card files, news clippings, books, and other materials. The papers are not fully processed but a partial finding aid is online and additional assistance is available from our curators.


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