Description of Materials for 1986 Senatorial Campaign
The almost nine feet of 1986 campaign records consist of campaign organization files, correspondence, county files, Democratic Party information, financial records, persons files (including opposition research), publicity files, strategy files, topical files, and voter research activities (including polling).
The campaign organization records include a notebook on county coordinators, memos between the staff (which includes staff meeting minutes), and office policy/procedure. Of particular interest are meeting minutes from the Citizens Committee for Ernest Hollings.
The bulk of the 1986 files are county files. These files consist of information relating to people in the individual counties and background information on the county. This information may include polls taken in the county, information on news and events in the county, and correspondence from members of the community.
Financial records include campaign budget records and information on fundraising events held across the state. Of note are the records of 'Home Parties' held in several counties and town meeting information.
This campaign also saw an increase in files kept on opponents. Hollings has a significant amount of information on Henry McMaster and Henry Jordan, who lost to McMaster in the Republican Primary. Particularly of interest in the Jordan files is a list of deeds and mortgages held in his name. The files on McMaster include information on his ad campaigns as well as his finances and his time as U.S. Attorney.
In the years 1986 and his re-election in 1992, Hollings was involved in Democratic Party affairs and other candidates' election efforts. Files from 1987 and 1991 center on the Democratic Party. In 1988, the bulk of the material relates to the Democratic National Convention and the democratic presidential candidates. By 1991, files on finances and Tommy Hartnett begin to reflect the build-up to what would be an intense 1992 re-election campaign.
- 1986 (defeated Henry McMaster in the general election)
From the Collection: 800 Linear Feet
Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA