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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Early Political Career 1925-1944, Undated

Series 2: Republican National Committee Papers 1948-1967, Undated

Series 3: Republican National Committee 1952 Convention 1948-1956, Undated

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GUY GABRIELSON PAPERS, (APAP-248), 1925-1967




Descriptive Summary

Title: Guy Gabrielson Papers
Date: 1925-1967
Physical Characteristics: 5.5 cubic ft.
Abstract: The Guy Gabrielson Papers contain materials that document the political career of Guy George Gabrielson from his start in New Jersey state politics through his years as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Many of the materials document the 1952 U.S. Presidential election and Republican National Committee Convention which Gabrielson presided over as chairman.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Guy George Gabrielson was born in Sioux Rapids, Iowa in May 1891. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1914 and a law degree from Harvard University in 1917. From 1917-1919 he served as a private in the U.S. Army. His political career began in 1925 as a Republican member of the General Assembly of New Jersey from Essex County; in 1929 he became the General Assembly’s Speaker of the House. He became the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Campaign in 1936 and its chairman in 1940. Gabrielson was a member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1944-1952 and RNC Chairman from 1949-1952. In 1951 he was involved in a loan scandal that prompted Senator Richard Nixon to call for his removal as chairman. Gabrielson left the RNC in 1952 and returned to practicing law. He later became acting chief executive and president of the John Wood Company of New York and chairman of the Nichold Company of Delaware. Gabrielson died in May of 1976 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, preceded in death by his wife Cora. The couple had two children.

Gabrielson is best known for his work as chairman of the RNC. In 1952 he opened the convention that nominated General Dwight D. Eisenhower for president. Gabrielson was a controversial figure at the convention; his support of Ohio Senator Robert Taft for the presidential nomination offended backers of Eisenhower who believed that Gabrielson was using his privileges as party chairman to promote the candidacy of Senator Taft.

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Scope and Content Information

This collection contains materials that document the political career of Guy George Gabrielson from his start in New Jersey state politics through his years as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). It includes correspondence, documents pertaining to official RNC events, official statements from Gabrielson as RNC chairman, a scrapbook of news clippings from his early political career, correspondence, photographs, various material documenting the operations of the RNC such as state elections and regional conferences. The largest part of the collection consists of files related to the 1952 RNC national convention.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Early Political Career, 1925-1944, Undated
Series 2 - Republican National Committee Papers, 1948-1967, Undated
Series 3 - Republican National Committee 1952 Convention, 1948-1956, Undated

Series are arranged alphabetically.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Gabrielson, Guy George, 1891-1976
Taft, Robert Alphonso, 1889-1953
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944

Corporate Bodies

Republican National Committee (U.S.)
Republican National Committee (U.S.)--Congresses
Republican National Convention
Republican Party (Essex County, N.J.)
Republican Party (N.J.)

Subjects

Campaign literature--United States
Politicians--Washington (D.C.)
Presidents--United States--Election--1940
Presidents--United States--Election--1952

Places

Chicago (Ill.)
Essex County (N.J.)
Washington (D.C.)--Politics and government

Genres and Forms

Agendas (administrative records)
Brochures
Clippings
Correspondence
Files by subject
Memorabilia
Minutes
Photographs
Speeches

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Guy George Gabrielson Papers, 1925-1967. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Gabrielson Papers).

Acquisition Information

Syracuse University received the papers of Guy George Gabrielson in a series of acquisitions in 1965 and 1967 and subsequently transferred them to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2006.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Steve McErleane
Date: © 2012 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: -

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Container List

Series 1: Early Political Career, 1925-1944, Undated .5 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains a scrapbook of news clippings from Guy George Gabrielson’s early political career in New Jersey state government (1925-1940), materials related to his role as the chairman of the New Jersey Campaign Committee for U.S. presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, additional news clippings related to New Jersey Republican political activities, rules and resolutions of the Committee, and correspondence with private citizens and various New Jersey politicians. Topics include finances, elections and organizations.
Box Folder
1 1 Farmers National Bank, Iowa Church Dedication, 1928 1930 1934
2 Gabrielson Speeches, 1940 Undated
3 New Jersey Political Correspondence, 1927-1929
4 N.J. State Republican Campaign Committee, 1940
5 News Clippings- Willkie Campaign, 1940 Undated
Flat-File
1 New Jersey Italian American Newspaper Willkie Endorsement, 1940
Box Folder
1 6 Photos of Gabrielson, 1943 Undated
7 Photos of Wendell Willkie's Presidential Campaign, 1940
8 Political Correspondence, 1940-1944
Oversized Folder
1 1 Scrapbook, 1925-1929 1939-1940
Series 2: Republican National Committee Papers, 1948-1967, Undated 3.4 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
This series includes addresses and statements from Guy George Gabrielson as Republican National Committee Chairman, committee reports, itineraries, committee meeting minutes, campaign materials, regional conference proceedings, official news releases, and printed pamphlets. Topics include the investigation into Gabrielson’s ties to Carthage Hydrocol, Inc., state elections, member organizations, such as the “Young Republicans,” finances, and schools of politics.
Box Folder
1 9 Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson, 1949
10 Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson, January 1950-April 1950
11-12 Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson, May 1950-December 1950
13-14 Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson, 1951
15 Addresses and Statements by Chairman Gabrielson, January 1952-June 1952
16 Bennett, John, 1950
17 Budget- Finances , etc., 1950 1952
18 Campaign- Hatch Act, Expenses, etc., 1952
19 Campaign Speech Kit, 1950
20 Campaign Speech Kit National republican Congressional Committee, 1950
21 Capitol Hill Club, 1951 1961 1962 1966 Undated
22 Chairman Gabrielson, February 1950
23-24 Chairman Gabrielson- Personal, 1949-1952
25 Chairman Gabrielson- Carthage Hydrocol, 1950-1951
26 Chairman Gabrielson- Carthage Hydrocol Senate Hearing, 1951
27 Chairman Gabrielson Miscellaneous,
28 Chairman Pfeiffer- New York Republican State Committee, 1951
29 The Chairman's Letter, 1951
30 Condolences, 1950-1951
31 Eastern Regional Conference Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C, October 1, 1951
32 Eastern Regional Republican Conference Planning, October 1951
33 "Editorial Digest", 1950
34 Ethnic Origin Division- RNC, 1951-1952
Box Folder
2 1 Executive Committee Chicago, May 1950
2 Executive Committee Meeting and Eastern Seaboard Regional Conference Atlantic City, N.J, June 23, 1950
3 Executive Committee Meeting and Western Regional Conference Salt Lake City, July 31, 1950-August 1, 1950
4 Executive Committee meeting of the RNC and Eastern Regional Conference Mayflower Hotel, D.C, October 1, 1951
5 Executive Committee Meeting RNC Salt Lake City, July 1950-August 1950
6 Executive Committee Meeting Washington, D.C, December 8, 1950
7 Itineraries, 1949-1951
8 Letters Re. Campaign and Election, 1950
9 Mailing Lists, 1950
10 Material for Letters and Speeches, 1949 Undated
11 Meeting- Budget and Finance Committee, 1948-1950
12 Meeting- Exec. Committee-RNC Chicago, May 1950
13 Meeting- Exec. Committee-RNC Washington D.C., December 1950-1950-12
14 Member Lists of State Central Committees, 1951
15 Minutes- RNC Washington, D.C, January 1951
Oversized Folder
2 1 Missouri Republican Club Certificate, 1949
Box Folder
2 16 Mock Conventions, 1952 Undated
17 National Committee Meeting Chicago, September 15, 1950-September 16, 1950
18 National Committee Meeting Chicago, January 1951
19-20 National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs, 1949-1955
21 "On the Political Front", 1950-1952
22 Pro- America, 1942-1943 1951
23 Re- Christmas Cards, 1950-1951
24 Regional Conferences Eastern Seaboard, 1950
25 Regional Meetings, 1960-1961
26 Releases, Biogs, etc., 1949-1952
27 Report from George Murphy and Associates Re Go- Party, 1962
28 Report of the Chairman of the Finance Committee, 1950
29-30 Republican Farm Conference- Sioux City, 1949-1950
31 RNC, 1951
32 RNC, 1952
33 RNC Committee Meetings, 1950
Box Folder
3 1 RNC Lists of Officers, Exec. Committee and Members, 1949-1952
2 RNC Meeting and Midwestern and Western National Conference Tulsa, 1951
3 RNC Meeting and Midwestern and Western National Conference Tulsa, Okla. Gen. Info, May 11, 1951-May 12, 1951
4-5 RNC Meeting and Report of Finance Committee San Francisco, 1951-1952
6 RNC Meeting Chicago, 1952 Undated
7 RNC Meeting- Executive Session Washington, D.C., October 1951
8 RNC Meeting Executive Session Washington, D.C, January 1951
9 RNC Meeting Minutes, 1950-1951
10 RNC Meeting San Francisco, 1951-1952
11-12 RNC Meeting San Francisco, January 1952
13 RNC Meeting- Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 1951
14 RNC Meeting Washington, D.C., 1949-1950
15 RNC Meeting Washington, D.C., 1950
16 RNC Meeting Washington, D.C., 1951
17 RNC National Farm Conference Sioux City, September 23, 1949
18 RNC National Farm Conference Sioux City, September 24, 1949
19 RNC News Releases and Publications, 1950-1951 Undated
20 RNC Publications- Campaign/Organizations Strategy, 1951 Undated
21 RNC Publications- History and Background, 1951-1952 1967
22 RNC Regional Conferences, 1950-1951
23 RNC Secretary Mrs. Charles P. Howard, 1949-1952
24 RNC Secretary- Mrs. Knowles, 1949
25 School of Politics, 1950 1950-1952 Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Speakers Bureau- Radio/TV, 1950 1954 Undated
2-3 State Elections, 1948-1950
4 Truman Research, 1951
5 Women's Division, 1950-1952
6 Women's Federation, 1950 Undated
7 Young Republicans, 1950-1952
Series 3: Republican National Committee 1952 Convention, 1948-1956, Undated 1.6 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
The bulk of this series is a by-product of the exhaustive planning for the 1952 Republican National Convention that nominated General Dwight D. Eisenhower for president. It includes committee reports, correspondence with local businesses, candidate information, the official convention program and campaign materials. Topics include finance, hotels/housing, chaplains, doorkeepers and preparatory actions by various state committees.
Box Folder
4 8 Applications- General, 1951-1952
9 Assignments, 1952
10 Assistant Chairman, 1952
11 Background Information, 1948 Undated
12 California, 1951
13 Campaign, 1952 Undated
14 Campaign Material, 1950-1952 Undated
15 Candidate Eisenhower, Dwight D., 1951-1952 1956
16 Candidate Macarthur, Douglas, 1952
17 Candidate Stassen, Harold, E., 1951-1952
18 Candidate Taft, Robert A., 1951-1952
19 Candidate Warren, Earl, 1951-1952
20 Chairman, Undated
21 Chairman- Finance, 1950-1951 Undated
22 Chaplains, 1952 Undated
23 Chicago Convention Bldg. and International Amphitheatre, 1952
24-25 Chicago Site Solicitation, Undated
26 Convent Information/Official Program, 1952 Undated
27 Committee on Arrangements, 1950-1952
28-29 Committee on Arrangements, 1951-1952
30-34 Committee on Arrangements, 1952
35 Committee on Arrangements- Mooberg, Henry E., 1952
36 Committee on Arrangements- Report of Housing Subcommittee, 1953 Undated
37 Committee on Arrangements San Francisco, January 1952
38 Committee on Arrangements San Francisco Executive Session, January 1952
39 Committee on Arrangements Treasurer, 1952
40 Committee on Call, 1950-1952
Box Folder
5 1 Committee on Call, 1950-1952
2 Committee on Contests, 1951-1952
3 Committee on Resolutions (Platform), 1952
4 Committee on Rules, 1948 1951-1952
5 Committee on Site, 1951
6 Committee on Site, 1951-1952 Undated
7 Committee on Site- Meetings, 1951
8 Committee Reports, Undated
9 Committees and Subcommittees, 1951-1952
10 Contest- Florida, 1952
11 Contest- Georgia, 1952
12 Contest- Louisiana, 1952
13 Contests, 1952
14 Contracts, 1951
15 Convention Assignments, 1952
16 Convention Balloons, Undated
17 Convention Prayers, Undated
18 Credentials Committee, 1952
19 Delegates, 1951-1952 Undated
20 Doorkeepers, 1952 Undated
21 Finance, 1951
22 Florida, 1951
23 Form Letters, 1951-1952
24 Hotels, 1952
25 Housing, 1951-1952
Oversized Folder
2 2 Invitation to Hold 1952 Convention in Philadelphia, Shaped Like a Key, ca. 1950
Flat-File
1 Invitation to Hold 1956 Convention in San Francisco, Including Magazine and Brochures, 1953
Box Folder
5 26 Invocations, Undated
27 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1951-1952
28 Mississippi, 1951
29 Missouri, 1951
30 New York, 1951
31 Oklahoma, 1951
32 Parliamentarians, 1952
33 Permanent Chairman, 1952
34 Proxies, 1952
35 Reapportionment- General, 1951
36 Republican National Committee- Nominations, 1952
37 Resolutions, 1951-1952
38 Sergeant-at-Arms, 1952 Undated
39 Site Committee- Correspondence, 1951
40 Subcommittee- Television and Motion Pictures, 1951-1952
41 Subcommittee- Tickets, 1951-1952
42 Subcommittee- Music and Decorations, 1951-1952
43 Subcommittee on Badges, 1951-1952
44 Subcommittee or Housing- General, 1952
45 Subcommittee on Transportation and Parking, 1951-1952
46 Subcommittee- Program and Concessions, 1951-1952 Undated
47 Subcommittee- Radio and Press- General, 1951-1952
48 Temporary Chairman, 1952
49 Tickets, 1951-1952
50 Tickets, 1952
51 Washington, 1951

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