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Edmund S. Muskie papers, Series VI: Political campaigns

Identifier: MC105.06

Series Overview

The records in this series are the files maintained by the organizations that directed Muskie's political campaigns, including segments of his Senate office. The files generally document the day-to-day work of the campaign staffs and Muskie's campaign activities. The series contains the records of six of Muskie's political campaigns - his election to the U.S. Senate in 1958 and his reelection races in 1964, 1970 and 1976; his race as the 1968 Democratic nominee for the U.S. vice presidency; and his bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. They also include material on Muskie's efforts on behalf of the Presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1960.


  • 1957-1977


Access Restrictions

Materials are stored in a separate building. Please discuss your research needs with staff ahead of your visit, if possible.

Copyright Notice

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.


331 Linear Feet (662 manuscript boxes)

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Collection Arrangement

The series is organized into six subseries, one for each of the above-mentioned political races.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.

Acquisitions Information

The Edmund S. Muskie Papers were deposited at Bates College in June 1980, when Muskie was named U.S. secretary of state. In 1985, several of Muskie's friends and former staff members, with assistance from the College, raised sufficient funds to support the renovation of the former women's gymnasium into the Edmund S. Muskie Archives building, which was dedicated in September of that year. Muskie's papers were formally donated to Bates College on April 23, 1986. Intellectual property rights in the unpublished writings of Edmund S. Muskie were given to the College in an addendum to the deed of gift signed December 8, 1989. The right to dispose of items from the collection was granted to the College by the Muskie heirs in 2007.

In 1994 and in 1996, Bates College received two shipments of records documenting Muskie's life since leaving public office which were maintained in his Washington, D.C. law office. A third accretion was received from the estate of Jane G. Muskie in 2005 and accessioned in 2006. Relatively small groups of files donated at various times by former Muskie staffers and others have also been integrated into the collection. Accession No.: 001-80-01, 001-86-01.

Related Materials

Information on the campaigns covered by this series may also be found in the following series: V: U.S. Senate, and all of the format-based series (XI through XVI).

Records relating to Muskie's 1953 and 1955 campaigns for Governor of Maine are located in series IV: Governor. There are no known records for his campaigns for the Maine House of Representatives or for mayor of Waterville.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, 2010

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Repository Details

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