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   New York State Democratic Committee Records 1970-2007 [Bulk Dates: 1990-2004].

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); New York State Democratic Committee Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The New York State Democratic Committee (NYSDC) is the official organization of the Democratic Party in the State of New York. The NYSDC adopts and approves changes in the rules that govern party membership, meetings, delegates, conventions, nominations, campaigns, and other functions that take place within the Democratic Party.

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Bib ID:6217608 View CLIO record
Creator(s):New York State Democratic Committee.
Title:New York State Democratic Committee Records 1970-2007 [Bulk Dates: 1990-2004].
Physical description:22 linear feet (28 document boxes, 4 record cartons, 4 photo boxes, 4 oversize flat boxes, 3 scroll boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series.

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection includes administrative correspondence, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and ephemera that documents the Democratic Party, particularly as it exists in New York State. The bulk of the documentation relates to elections and to the State Committee's administration of the Party, but there are also records relating to national political processes.

Series I: Files, 1980-2006

This series is comprised of documentation regarding various aspects of the political process in the United States, particularly as it relates to New York State's Democrats.

Subseries I.1: General, 1980-2005

This subseries is comprised of logistical and statistical information related to the functioning of political parties within the United States and especially within New York State. The folders within this subseries contain information that is not directly related to the State Democratic Committee, but involves members of the Democratic Party or issues that confront it. Many of these folders are related to individual counties in New York State or to financial records kept by the party.

Subseries I.2: Conventions, 1990-2006

The bulk of the convention files is concerned with New York State Democratic conventions, although there is some information about national conventions for the Democratic and Republican parties. Many of the conventions held between 1990 and 2006 are included in the records of sign-in sheets, hotel plans, proxy forms, correspondence, rules and regulations, and plans for important election years. The state conventions of 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2006 are the most extensively covered.

Subseries I.3: Delegates and Electoral College, 1991-2004

This small subseries includes information regarding delegate selection and the role of the Electoral College in elections. Prominently featured are statements of candidacy, as well as official DNC rules and regulations for selecting delegates.

Subseries I.4: Elections and Campaigns, 1990-2004

A major aim of the New York State Democratic Committee is to elect Democrats into political offices throughout the state. This subseries chronicles recent elections. Extensive coverage is given to the senate election of 2000 between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rick Lazio and to polling throughout this eight year span. Advertisements and media coverage or relations for other statewide elections, local elections throughout the state, and national elections are also included.

Subseries I.5: Judicial, 1988-2006

This subseries is almost wholly comprised of information regarding Judicial Nominating Conventions in New York State between 1994 and 2006. Every year between 1997 and 2006 has its own folder, which contains general information about the convention. A party call is also available for every year starting in 1994 and ending in 2005.

Subseries I.6: State Committee, 1990-2004

The State Committee subseries deals largely with the New York State Democratic Committee’s biannual meetings between 1995 and 2004. The subseries holds more detailed information in regards to scheduling and logistics about the meetings than information about substantive policies and strategy discussed; however, minutes are included in the material corresponding to most meetings.

Subseries I.7: Reform Caucus, 1996-2006

The Reform Caucus of the New York State Democratic Committee, the heir to the reform movement in the party initiated by Eleanor Roosevelt and Herbert Lehman. Records of the Caucus from the years 1996-2006, which includes successful efforts to commit the Party to singlepayer healthcare, same sex marriage rights, a moratorium on the death penalty, ratification of the ICC Treaty, and to oppose military intervention in Iraq.

Series II: Audiovisual, 1996-2004

This series includes video tapes, CDs, and audiotapes that cover a variety of topics related to the New York State Democratic Committee, including events and advertisements.

Subseries II.1: Videotapes, 1996-2004

In this subseries, the State Democratic Convention of May 2002 is covered extensively, as is the New York State Senate race of 2000. Many of the videotapes are campaign advertisements.

Subseries II.2: Audiotapes, 1998-2002

The eleven audiotapes included in this collection all focus on elections, especially the gubernatorial election of 1998 and the senate election of 2000. Most of the tapes contain advertisements against Republican governor George Pataki.

Subseries II. 3: CDs, 2002-2004

The four CDs in the collection, like the audiotapes, appear to be focused on election material.

Series III: Photographs, 1970-2006

Most of the events the photographs were taken at seem to have taken place in New York State. Represented in these photographs are notable state and national Democrats, such as the Clintons, Eliot Spitzer, and Al Gore. There are also group shots from state conventions and other events sponsored by the state’s Democratic Committee.

Series IV: Ephemera, 1996-2007

This series includes banners, posters, bumper sticks, and pins from major elections, including Hillary Clinton’s reelection campaign and the bids that both Gore and Kerry made for the presidency.

Subseries IV.1: Printed Material, 1996-2007

Most of the materials in this subseries are stored in oversize Boxes, and are related to major elections. There are also a few posters regarding Democratic conventions. Many of the materials are not dated.

Subseries IV. 2: Realia, 1996-2004

The materials in this subseries include buttons, pins, and bumper stickers that show support for the Democratic party as a whole and for specific candidates like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); New York State Democratic Committee Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository; folder level control.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Elena Locascio in July 2008.

This collection was processed by Elena Locascio, SUNY Geneseo 2011 and Elizabeth Nolte, Columbia University 2009.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion December 2, 2008 Finding aid written in English.
    2008-12-02 File created.
    2009-01-12 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor
    2009-06-02 xml document instange created by Catherine N. Carson

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
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CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Clinton, Bill, 1946-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clinton, Hillary Rodham.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democrat National Committee.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.).--State Convention--(1998: Rye Brook)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.).--State Convention--(2000)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.).--State Convention--(2002)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.).--State Convention--(2006)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.).--State Convention.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Election districts--New York (State)--Statistics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Elections--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Electoral college--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Electoral college.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gore, Albert, 1948-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kerry, John, 1943-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (State).--Governor.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (State).--Senator.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pataki, George E., 1945-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Spitzer, Eliot.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The New York State Democratic Committee (NYSDC) is the official organization of the Democratic Party in the State of New York. The NYSDC adopts and approves changes in the rules that govern party membership, meetings, delegates, conventions, nominations, campaigns, and other functions that take place within the Democratic Party.

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