Born in the fervid antislavery atmosphere of the party’s 1856 national convention, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been a forum for intraparty debate on every issue of national importance. The archives of the Republican Party—unpublished until now—provide comprehensive documentation on the political function and evolution of the RNC. This collection consists of two parts:
– Meetings of the Republican National Committee, 1911-1980, records a wide range of major national and international issues, from the League of Nations debate to U.S. action in Vietnam, from women’s suffrage to the civil rights movement. The materials in this collection form a virtual documentary history of the Republican Party from William Howard Taft to Ronald Reagan. Part 1 consists of 36 reels on microfilm (Series A, 1911-1960 and Series B, 1960-1980).
– Reports and memoranda of the Research Division of the Headquarters of the RNC, 1938-1980, is a complete reproduction of the files of the Republican Party’s Research Division at the National Archives and includes campaign and election analysis, study of population and voting trends, public policy research, analysis of opposing candidates and political organizations, and review of developments in election law and legislative activities. Part 2 consists of 15 reels on microfilm.