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Series 3
Election files, 1932-1970s
Boxes 17-25; OP2, 4

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials related to Hartsfield's political campaigns from 1932 to the 1970s. Materials include correspondence; campaign lists, schedules, and notes; financial records; campaign advertisements; newspaper clippings; political cartoons; and speeches. The series also contains materials Hartsfield and his campaign staff collected about opposition candidates. Arranged by election, the series ranges from one of Hartsfield's earliest elections as the Fulton County Representative to the Georgia Legislature in 1932 to his campaigns for mayor of Atlanta from 1936-1957.

Correspondence includes letters of support from constituents, memos from political consultants such as Helen Bullard, and correspondence from opposition campaigns sent to Hartsfield. Most letters also include a copy of Hartsfield's response. Campaign lists and notes consist of lists of people to contact and notes about campaign strategy. Newspaper clippings are mostly from the Atlanta Journal and include appearances, editorials, political cartoons, and election results. The series also contains a few original, hand-drawn "Baldy" political cartoons. Speeches include those of Hartsfield and his opposition. Many were broadcast on WSB radio

Materials in this series document issues of public interest in Atlanta. Public housing, annexation, police department policies and activities, and expansion of the airport were all debated in mayoral races. Hartsfield's moderate racial stance was a major election issue as well. After the white primary was outlawed in the mid-1940s, Hartsfield won most of his elections by building coalitions of white and black voters, a strategy documented in the campaign literature and campaign notes in this series.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order by election.

Finding Aid Note

An index to selected correspondence in this series is available.

Legislative races, 1932-1934
Box Folder Content
17 1 Campaign advertisements, 1932-1934
17 2 Campaign lists and notes
17 3 Correspondence, 1932-1934
17 4 Financial records
17 5 Newspaper clippings
OP2 3 Newspaper clippings, Bulletin, May 12, 1932, July 1932 [entire issues]
OP4 2 Newspaper clippings, Campbell News, April 28, 1932, May 20, 1932 [entire issues]
OP4 2 Newspaper clippings, The Capital, May 14, 1932 [entire issue]
OP4 2 Newspaper clippings, Fulton County Review, June 3, 1932 [entire issue]
OP9 - Newspaper clippings, The Georgia News, August 18, 1934 [entire issue]
OP4 2 Newspaper clippings, The Georgia Woman's World, June 24, 1932 [entire issue]
OP9 - Newspaper clippings, Public Examiner, June 1, 1932 [entire issue]
17 6 Speeches
Mayoral election, 1936 (vs. James L. Key)
17 7 Campaign advertisements
17 8 Campaign lists and notes
17 9 Correspondence, 1936
17 10 James L. Key campaign
17 11 Newspaper clippings
OP2 4 Newspaper clippings, Government News, April 1936, August 1936 [entire issues]
OP4 3 Newspaper clippings, Journal of Labor, September 25, 1936 [entire issue]
17 12 Political cartoons
OP2 5 Political cartoons [oversized]
OP4 4 Political cartoons [oversized]
17 13 Speeches
Mayoral election, 1940 (vs. Roy LeCraw)
17 14 Campaign advertisements
17 15 Campaign notes
17 16 Correspondence, 1940
17 17 Newspaper clippings
17 18 Roy LeCraw campaign
OP2 6 Roy LeCraw campaign [oversized]
Mayoral election, 1942
18 1 Campaign advertisements
OP2 7 Campaign advertisements [oversized]
18 2 Campaign lists and notes
18 3 Correspondence, 1942
18 4 Financial records
18 5 Newspaper clippings
18 6 Opposition campaigns
Mayoral election, 1945 (vs. Roy LeCraw)
18 7 Campaign advertisements
OP2 8 Campaign advertisements
18 8 Campaign lists and notes
18 9 Correspondence, 1944-1945
18 10 1Newspaper clippings, September primary
18 11 1945 election, newspaper clippings, December election
OP2 9 Newspaper clippings (oversized), The Georgia Press, July-September 1945 [entire issues]
18 12 Roy LeCraw campaign
OP2 10 Roy LeCraw campaign
18 13 Speeches (Hartsfield)
18 14 Speeches (LeCraw)
Mayoral election, 1949 (vs. Charlie Brown)
18 15 Campaign advertisements
OP2 11 Campaign advertisements [oversized]
18 16 Campaign memoranda and correspondence
18 17 Campaign notes and lists
18 18 Charlie Brown campaign
OP2 12 Charlie Brown campaign flier [oversized]
18 19 Correspondence, March-July 1949
19 1 Correspondence, August 1-20, 1949
19 2 Correspondence, August 21-29, 1949
19 3 Correspondence, August30-31, 1949
19 4 Correspondence, September 1-14, 1949
19 5 Correspondence, September 15-17, 1949
19 6 Correspondence, September 19, 1949
20 1 Correspondence, September 20, 1949
20 2 Correspondence, September 21-22, 1949
20 3 Correspondence, September 23-30, 1949
20 4 Correspondence, October-December, 1949
20 5 Financial records
20 6 Newspaper clippings
OP2 13 Newspaper clippings, The Advertiser, September 2, 1949 [entire issue]
OP4 5 Newspaper clippings, Facts (League of Women Voters), August 1949
OP4 6 Newspaper clippings, The Journal of Labor, August 12, 1949 [entire issue]
20 7 Other campaigns
20 8 Speeches (Hartsfield)
20 9 Speeches (Charlie Brown)
Mayoral election, 1953 (vs. Charlie Brown)
20 10 Campaign advertisements
20 11 Campaign advertisements, television and radio
20 12 Campaign lists and notes [1 of 2]
21 1 Campaign lists and notes [2 of 2]
21 2 Correspondence, January-March 1953
21 3 Correspondence, April 1-7, 1953
21 4 Correspondence, April 8-25, 1953
21 5 Correspondence, April 26, 30-1953
21 6 Correspondence, May 1-11, 1953
21 7 Correspondence, May 12-15, 1953
21 8 Correspondence, May 16-18, 1953
22 1 Correspondence, May 19-21, 1953
22 2 Correspondence, May 22-23, 1953
22 3 Correspondence, May 25, 1953
22 4 Correspondence, May 26-November 31, 1953
22 5 Financial records
22 6 Newspaper clippings
22 7 Speeches
Mayoral election, 1957 (vs. Archie Lindsey and Lester Maddox)
22 8 Campaign advertisements
OP2 14 Campaign advertisements [oversized]
22 9 Campaign lists and notes
23 1 Campaign lists and notes, December election
23 2 Correspondence, February 1957
23 3 Correspondence, March 1957
23 4 Correspondence, April 1-15, 1957
23 5 Correspondence, April 16-30, 1957
23 6 Correspondence, May 1-8, 1957
23 7 Correspondence, May 9-12, 1957
23 8 Correspondence, May 13, 1957
24 1 Correspondence, May 14, 1957
24 2 Correspondence, May 15, 1957
24 3 Correspondence, May 16-20, 1957
24 4 Correspondence, May 21-30, 1957
24 5 Correspondence, June-July 1957
24 6 Financial records
24 7 Newspaper clippings, primary
OP2 15 Newspaper clippings, primary, The Augusta Courier, June 3, 1957 [entire issue]
24 8 Newspaper clippings, election
OP2 15 Newspaper clippings, election, Atlanta Citizens Weekly, October 3, 1957 [entire issue]
OP2 16 Political cartoons [2 original ink drawings by Baldy], 1957
24 9 Speeches
Elections, 1940s-1970s
24 10 Hartsfield retirement, announcement
24 11 Hartsfield retirement, newspaper clippings, 1961
24 12 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns, 1940s-1950s
OP4 7 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns [oversized materials], 1940s
OP2 17 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns [oversized materials], 1950s
24 13 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns, 1960s [1 of 2]
25 1 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns, 1960s [2 of 2]
25 2 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns, 1970s
OP2 18 Other Atlanta elections and campaigns [oversized materials], 1970s
25 3 Unidentified Hartsfield campaign materials, undated
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