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Fair Campaign Practices Committee Collection

Identifier: GTM-800313

Scope and Contents

The Fair Campaign Practices Committee collection consist of smear literature and complaints; codes signed by various candidates, including Richard M. Nixon; state chapter files; material concerning campaign reform and the Watergate era; FCP programs; project reports; material of the Freedom of Information Act; and material concerning the internal administration of the FCPC, including fund raising projects. The Committee was founded in 1954 to ensure "fair play" in politics. Note: Click on "External Documents" below for a link to the inventory for the collection.


  • 1954 - 1977

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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Historical Note

The 81st Congress appointed a subcommittee headed by Senator Paul H. Douglas of Illinois to study ethics in government. Senator William Benton of Connecticut testified that there existed a "public cynicism" and that many "decent . . . citizens shy away from assuming civic responsibility because they mistakenly believe politics and government are generally corrupt and evil...." To remedy this "public cynicism" it was recommended that a commission be set up to study campaign conduct, report the facts, and recommend standards of responsibility for election campaigns.

Shortly before the 1954 Congressional elections, a group of "eminent members of both parties" came together to constitute the Fair Campaign Practices Committee under the leadership of Anna Lord Strauss of New York who became president of the League of Women Voters in the mid-1960s. This group summoned a press conference at which the document proposed by the Gillette subcommittee on Fair Campaign Practices was endorsed by the Republican and Democratic National Chairmen and adopted by the Fair Campaign Practices Committee. This was the beginning of the Committee.


73.0 Linear Feet (49 boxes)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Fair Campaign Practices Committee, 1980 March 13.

Fair Campaign Practices Committee Collection
Anna T. Zakarija
1981 November 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-10: Folder inventory added to the finding aid by John Zarrillo
  • 2023-10: Edited for DACS-compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057