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MG 264
INTERNATIONAL UTILITIES POLITICAL MEMORABILIA COLLECTION
1789-1972
15 cu. ft.


International Utilities (I.U.) of Philadelphia is a business conglomerate with diversified services in distribution, agriculture, utilities and other areas. The memorabilia relates to successful and unsuccessful United States presidential candidates, their vice-presidential running mates, and their election campaigns. Also included are materials relating to national political issues, such as the tariff, sectionalism, slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction, expansionism, progressivism, and others. Types of materials include autographs clipped from unidentified documents, undated; various books published between 1860-1972 containing histories of candidates and issues; campaign literature such as election leaflets, brochures and handouts, 1864-1972; political cartoons taken from various newspapers and magazines, 1860-1864, and 1972; envelopes with printed or engraved campaign symbols and slogans, 1856-1971; presidential inauguration souvenir programs, 1885-1969; letters either written by the candidates or in support or opposition to them, 1813-1972; selected issues of magazines, 1860-1868, and newspapers, 1836-1968, recording historical events as they pertain to the candidates; pamphlets containing the text of speeches by congressmen and others on various national political issues, 1796-1912; engravings, photographs and postcards of formal portraits of the candidates, their running mates and families, 1789-1972; campaign tickets, 1839-1900; and miscellaneous items including sheet music from the William Henry Harrison Campaign, 1840.
**Artifacts from the collection are housed in the State Musuem**




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