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Eugene J. McCarthy papers (SCRB Collection Number 14)

Identifier: SCRB 0014

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, audio-visual materials and memorabilia relating to the presidential campaigns of 1968, 1972, and 1976 as well as other literary and personal papers.


  • Creation: 1964-2003


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Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the Special Collections reading room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical Information

Eugene Joseph McCarthy was a State Representative and a Senator from Minnesota. Born in Watkins, Meeker County, Minnesota, March 29, 1916. He attended public schools in Watkins, Minn.; graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., in 1935, and from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1939; taught in the public high schools of Minnesota and North Dakota 1935-1940; professor of economics and education at St. John’s University 1940-1943; civilian technical assistant in the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department in 1944; instructor in sociology and economics at St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minn., 1946-1949; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1959); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1971; was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 1970; candidate for election to the Senate in 1982; candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, and 1992; was a resident of Woodville, Va., until his death on December 10, 2005; interment in Woodville, Va.


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Collection contains materials regarding Senator McCarthy's United States Presidential Campaigns for 1968, 1972, and 1976 and other personal papers.


The collection is organized according to the various presidential campaigns and within those campaigns by series. This arrangment begins with audio-visual and oral history materials, photographs, and then campaign-specific items. Other materials, such as literary and personal papers not specifically dealing with any presidential campaign are located at the end of the collection. This organization is based on the original arrangement of the papers as they were found in the McCarthy Historical Project Archive at Georgetown University, with some slight modifications.

Eugene J. McCarthy Papers, 1964-2003
Timothy J. Johnson
October 2015
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Collecting Area Details

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