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Guide to the 2012 Presidential Political Campaign Ephemera, 2012 MSS.3703

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-02-05T18:47-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Presidential Political Campaign Ephemera, 2012

Unit ID:

MSS.3703

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet

Dates:

2012

Abstract:

Bumper stickers and pins from the Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan presidential campaigns for 2012.

Biographical/Historical note

A campaign button is used in the United States during an election as political advertising for (or against) a candidate or political party, or to proclaim the issues that are part of the political platform. Political buttons date as far back as President George Washington. They have taken many forms as the technology to create an image and mass production has allowed. In the late 18th and first half of the 19th century they were sewn-on clothing buttons, whereas the modern forms typically have pins on the back and are therefore also called pin-back buttons. Campaign buttons bear some similarity to bumper stickers, which are also used for political and other promotional messages. As a novelty item, campaign buttons are part of the hobby of collecting.

Stickers have long been used to convey messages, including political and informational messages, on various surfaces that they might be placed. The introduction of stickers made specifically for the purpose of placement on vehicle bumpers necessarily date roughly with the introduction of the automobile bumper; the Ford Model T lacked bumpers to which bumper stickers could be conveniently attached, but the Ford Model A, introduced in 1927, had them.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Presidential Political Campaign Ephemera, 2012, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Usage Restrictions:

None

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

from Donna Adcock, 2013

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains buttons and bumper stickers for the Obama/Biden and Romney/Ryan 2012 presidential campaigns.

Source(s)

Biden, Joseph R. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Obama, Barack (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Romney, Mitt (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Ryan, Paul, 1970- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Alabama--Politics and government (lcsh)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Political campaigns (lcsh)

Presidents--United States-- Election--1840 (lcsh)

Obama/Biden 2012 campaign bumper stickers Box 3703.001 Folder 1

Romney Ryan 2012 campaign bumper stickers Box 3703.001 Folder 2

Obama/Biden 2012 campaign buttons Box 3703.001 Folder 3

Romney/Ryan 2012 campaign buttons Box 3703.001 Folder 4