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    Richard M. Nixon Handwritten Notes from 1952 Vice-Presidential Campaign. Seven handwritten pages and one typed carbon flimsy (all pages measure 8" x 12.5", except one headed "Office of the Vice President" which measures 5.25" x 8"), n.d. (September 17-19, 1952), n.p. (various locations in California's Central Valley). While conducting his campaign for the Vice Presidency and stumping for Eisenhower in 1952, Richard Nixon visited Bakersfield, Tulare, Fresno, and Marysville, and wrote these notes as speaking aids for each town.

    On a sheet "Bakersfield", Nixon has written several outlines. At top he lists the following topics: "1 Earthquake 2 Werdell 3 Pota Democrat." His notes below elaborate on the brief outline:
    "1. We are glad to see our friends - we started here in 1950 - / 2. We are sorry about earthquake - we know how the town same [crossed out word] back / a. [three crossed out words] Dem[ocrat]s didn't cause it / b. But they've done a lot more damage [two crossed out words] to the country -"
    Each page contains outlines and key phrases for the topics he wants to address. Other topics he notes include "Peace", "the grape and raisin industry," "1 Kick out A-- / 2 Kick out Communists / 3 Clean up Corruption."

    During his whistle-stop tour of California, the New York Post printed a story with the headline "SECRET NIXON FUND!" which, although misleading, dogged Nixon for weeks. While speaking in Marysville, Nixon addressed the crowd's questions about his secret "slush fund," saying that the money in the fund came from private donations and was used to cover expenses that exceeded his Senator's income, thereby actually saving taxpayers money. Eventually, Nixon addressed the nation on television regarding the topic, explaining that he'd taken no money that wasn't due him, but admitting that his family was the recipient of a nice cocker spaniel named Checkers, and stating emphatically that he planned to keep this particular gift, regardless of the outcome. Nixon's "Checkers speech" was enthusiastically received and his spot on the Republican ticket was secured. Handwritten note pages are heavily age toned; carbon flimsy from a typed speech is heavily creased. An excellent archive from a key time in the young politician's career!


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