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Call No.: MS Am 1842
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Artists and Writers for Hughes.
Title: Artists and Writers for Hughes records,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters and other materials concerning an auction of artists' and writers' works that raised money for H. Stuart Hughes' campaign for U.S. Senator.
H. Stuart Hughes ran as the independent candidate in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts in 1962 against Democrat Edward M. Kennedy and Republican George Cabot Lodge. A Harvard professor, Hughes sought the peace and progressive vote and was called the "spokesman for a humane and positive approach to our national and international problems" by his supporters. Walter Grossmann, Librarian at Widener Library, was chairman of the auction of artists' and writers' works which was held on Oct. 19th in Cambridge, Mass. and raised $10,000 for the Hughes campaign.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Letters to Walter Grossmann
- II. Miscellaneous material
Consists of the letters Grossmann received from painters, poets, and composers from around the country in response to his request for donations of drawings and manuscripts for the auction. Most responses were positive, though a few declined participation. Also includes form letters and postcards sent out by Grossmann for the committee, the auction catalog, and a few clippings.