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James O. Hood III Collection

Identifier: CAC-PP-065
This collection is comprised of a wide range of political ephemera, including buttons, pins, bumper stickers, playing cards, party delegate pins, and hats. These items date from 1896 to 2008, with the bulk of the ephemera dating from 1950 to 1980. Pins and buttons are the strength of the collection. They come from a variety of political campaigns, such as Eisenhower’s 1952 run for president and the1960 presidential contest that pitted John F. Kennedy against Richard Nixon. Materials created for Oklahoma politicians such as Mike Monroney, Dewey Bartlett, Bob Kerr, and Fred Harris also appear in the collection. The oldest buttons in the collection come from the failed 1896 attempt to create the State of Sequoyah and Oklahoma’s first governor’s inauguration in 1907.


  • 1896-2008

Conditions Governing Use:

The University of Oklahoma asserts no claim of copyright over photographs in this collection taken by private citizens. Any publication of such photographs requires the consent of the copyright holder.


5.75 Linear Feet (5 containers)

Administrative History:

The James O. Hood III collection started as a collection of 37 political campaign buttons donated to the Center by Hood. Smaller donations have since been incorporated into this collection. These items are related to political campaign ephemera and come from individuals associated with the Center. These donors include Cary Osborne, Victor Duran Mendez, Richard Lowitt, and Jay Shorten. Additions to the original Hood donation have been grouped together by donor.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is separated into three series based on the format of materials. It is housed in 1 document case, 1 carton, and 2 flat oversize boxes. Within each series, materials have been grouped according to donor. The Political Campaign Pins and Buttons series is arranged numerically from left to right and grouped according to donors, as noted in custodial history.


Accruals and additions: May 2006; October 6, 2006; 2007; 2008; 2008; June 2011. Additional emphemera donors inculde Cary Osborne, Victor Duran Mendez, Richard Lowitt, and Jay Shorten.

Processing Information:

Lead Processing Archivist: Nathan Gerth

Archives Graduate Assistant: Andrew Gourd

Andrew Gourd arranged and desribed this collection in 2015.
Guide to the James O. Hood III Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Andrew Gourd.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States