Museum logo
Museum logo

Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object ID RG0792.AM
Collection RG0792 Nebraska Democratic Party
Object Name Political papers
Extent of Description 60 cu.ft.
Title Nebraska Democratic Party records
Dates of Creation 1932-1984
Year Range from 1932
Year Range to 1984
Admin/Biographical History The Kansas-Nebraksa Bill marked the beginning of the Democratic Party in the Nebraska Territory and State. From 1854 until about 1860, politics in Nebraska were factional and chaotic. Issues were settled not along partisan lines, but rather along sectional boundaries. Location of the State Capital sparked a contest between counies north and south of the Platte River. In 1860 a movement calling for the organization of parties began, and from that time on, partisanship played a key role in Nebraska public affairs. Between 1860 and 1868, although the Democrats did not win office, the two-party system flourished. From 1868 until the appearance of William Jennings Bryan in the 1890s, Nebraska most clearly resembled a one-party state in which the Republicans were never seriously challenged. The agrarian discontent of the 1890s signaled a temporary end to party leader J. Sterling Morton's laissez-faire govermental philosophy and the beginning of Bryanism, a heterogeneous set of doctrines which demanded aggressive governmental action on behalf of the people. Under the influence of William Jennings Bryan and Charles W. Bryan, the Nebraska went Democratic during the Populist era, World War I, and the depression of the 1930s. After 1935, Democratic influence waned, but rejuvenated in the 1950s.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content The collection consists of records of the Nebraska Democratic Party, ca. 1932-1984. Most of the material relates to the 1970s. Included are newsletters, reports, committee minutes and campaign literature relating to the Democratic Party and its activities in Nebraska.
Finding Aids The collection is only partial processed, but an inventory is available.
Related units of description See the appropriate component for related sound recordings [RG0792.AU], moving images [RG0792.MI] and photographs [RG0792.PH].
Subjects Political campaigns
Political elections
Political organizations
Political parties
Politics & government
Democratic Party
People Dyas, Hess, 1937-
Herman, Richard "Dick"
Search Terms Elections -- Nebraska
Politics -- Nebraska
Political parties -- Nebraska
Nebraska Democratic Party