Elections archive

The Vere Harmsworth Library is home to the Philip & Rosamund Davies US Elections Campaigns Archive, an extensive collection of campaign ephemera from American elections at all levels. The archive has been donated to the VHL by Professor Philip Davies (Former Director, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library) and comprises a wide range of material, from buttons, posters, bumper stickers, flyers and leaflets to more unusual examples of campaign ephemera such as t-shirts, caps, dolls, rain bonnets, jewellery, bars of soap, rain bonnets, playing cards and commemorative plates. The majority of the material dates from the later 20th century onwards, but there are examples of older items such as 19th and early 20th century campaign buttons, and ballots from the Civil War era. The archive continues to grow as Professor Davies actively collects and donates material from each round of elections in the United States.

Full details of the materials may be found in the archive catalogue, and images of selected highlights may be seen on our Instagram.

If you are interested in consulting items from the archive, please contact the Librarian: Bethan.davies@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.


Watch Professor Davies discussing the role of campaign ephemera in the video below:

Images of selected items from the archive may be found on our Instagram or Flickr.
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