Guide to the Democratic Party, Allegheny County, Pa., Seventh Ward Committee, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1970-1987 AIS.1987.07

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Democratic Party, Allegheny County, Pa., Seventh Ward Committee, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator
Democratic Party (Allegheny County, Pa.). Seventh Ward Committee (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1987.07
Date
1970-1987
Extent
0.63 linear feet (355 items)
Abstract
The material in this collection reflects the activities of the Seventh Ward Committee (Pittsburgh) of the Democratic Party of Allegheny County, Pa. from 1970 to the present. It includes minutes, agendas, calls to meetings, correspondence, informational guides, voters' guides, Democratic Party primary elections, election campaign files, and news clippings.

Preferred Citation

Democratic Party, Allegheny County, Pa., Seventh Ward Committee, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1970- , AIS.1987.07, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh.

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History

In the 1970s, the Seventh Ward Committee (Pittsburgh) of the Democratic Party (Allegheny County, Pa.) evolved into a liberal and reform minded group. The committee sought to introduce initiatives within a formal party structure.

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Scope and Content Notes

The material in this collection reflects the activities of the Seventh Ward Committee (Pittsburgh) of the Democratic Party of Allegheny County, Pa. from 1970 to 1987. It includes minutes, agendas, calls to meetings, correspondence, informational guides, voters' guides, Democratic Party primary elections, election campaign files, and news clippings. The largest single group of material within this collection is the monthly meeting minutes of the committee, which covers the years 1970-1984, with some gaps. The minutes are a good record of the committee's activities and accomplishments. Another group of particular interest is the Voters' Guide prepared by the committee for ward voters; the guides contain a profile of all Democratic candidates in a given primary election from 1976 to 1987. Most of the remaining material, consisting of correspondence, committee files, and publicity, covers the years 1970-1972 and centers around Ward Chairman James V. Cunningham. These records reflect the liberal, reform orientation of the committee during this period. Subjects of reform for the committee included city government and party organization and rules.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 1988

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard L. Miller, member of the Seventh Ward Committee, 1987

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David Harner in June 1988.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jennifer Marshall in June 1999. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Notis ID number AJZ0047.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Democratic Party (Allegheny County, Pa.). Seventh Ward Committee (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegheny County (Pa.) -- Politics and government
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Subject(s)

  • Elections -- Pennsylvania
  • Government
  • Political parties -- Pennsylvania
  • Politics

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Previous Citation

Democratic Party, Allegheny County, Pa., Seventh Ward Committee, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1970- , AIS.1987.07, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh.

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Meetings, 1970-1984   167 items

  BoxFolder
Meeting minutes, 1970-1984 11
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Meeting agendas, early 1970s, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980-1983 2
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Call to meetings, early 1970s, 1978-1980 3

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Series  II. Correspondence, 1970-1972, 1980-1982   36 items

  Folder
Outgoing 4

Contains letters to party officials, government officials and representatives concerning primaries/elections and current political issues, i.e., Home Rule Charter, busing, Nabisco plant closing, etc.

  Folder
Incoming 5

Letters received from party and government officials concerning party issues, meetings and endorsements.

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Series  III. Committee Files, 1970-1972, 1978   22 items

  Folder
Miscellaneous 6

Contains copies of statements made by Seventh Ward Committee Chairman, James V. Cunningham, at a public hearing of the rules committee of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and at city council on the proposed 1971 city budget, memoranda, press releases, and reports by subcommittees, i.e., subcommittee on government services, on candidates, etc.

  Folder
Committee membership lists, 1970-1972 and undated 7

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Series  IV. Activities, 1970-1987   61 items

  Folder
Information Guides, 1970-1976 8

Contains names, addresses and telephone numbers of state and city elected officials, party officials, civic and political organizations, fire, police, hospital, etc.

  Folder
Voters' Guides, 1974, 1976-1988 9

Contains the names of all Democratic candidates who appeared on the ballot in the primary election of a given year. Each name appears with a short evaluation of the candidate's experience together with policy positions and political endorsements. Also contains names of Seventh Ward committee members and locations of polling places.

  Folder
Events, 1970-1975, 1977-1978, 1980-1981 10

Contains announcements, posters and flyers of events such as candidate night, registration drive, movie party, fund raising, etc.

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Series  V. Election Campaigns, 1970-1972, 1976, 1979, 1981-1982   51 items

Scope and Content Notes

File includes a variety of memorabilia, i.e., "Get out and vote leters," support letters to election day volunteers, candidate memorabilia, election tabulation, sample ballots.

  Folder
November election, 1970 11
  Folder
Primary election, 1971 12
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November election, 1971 13
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Primary election, 1972 14
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November election, 1972 15
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November election, 1976 16
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Primary election, 1979 17
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Primary election, 1981 18
  Folder
Primary election, 1982 19

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Series  VI. Publicity, 1970-1972   18 items

  Folder
Newspaper articles, 1971 20

Re: local Democratic Party activities; most of the articles either quote or mention James V. Cunningham.

  Folder
Newspaper articles, 1970 21

Re: James V. Cunningham's bid for Seventh Ward Committee Chairman.

  Folder
Newspaper articles, 1971 22

Re: James V. Cunningham's bid for city council.

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