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An Inventory of the Republican National Committee (U.S.) Opposition Research Group records
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Opposition Research Group records
    Dates: 1960-1984
    Collection Number: 85085
    Creator: Republican National Committee (U.S.) Opposition Research Group.
    Collection Size: 64 Manuscript Boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes (27.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The records include research materials accumulated and acquired by the Republican Opposition Research Group during the 1984 presidential election for use in the campaign against Democratic presidential candidates. The records consist of materials such as clippings, press releases, other printed matter, speeches, debate transcripts, memoranda, and video tapes regarding specific Democratic Party leaders such as Walter F. Mondale, John Glenn and Geraldine Ferraro, and specific political issues and special interest groups.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Republican National Committee (U.S.) Opposition Research Group records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1985.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Ronald Reagan subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Ronald Reagan radio commentary sound recordings, Hoover Institution Archives

    Historical Note

    The Opposition Research Group operated as part of the Communications Division within the Republican National Committee, chaired by Michael Bayer. The group was formed "in 1984 with its own budget of $1.1 million, to create a master data bank of computerized voter research and opposition research. Staff amassed information on eight Democratic presidential candidates based on data from voting records, Congressional Record speeches, media clippings and transcripts, campaign materials, all of which was stored on a computer for easy access. In this way the party was able to track inconsistencies of its opponents and attack them. This original data base evolved into a network that linked information gleaned by Republicans in all 50 states, creating a master data base accessible to high-ranking Republican staff, even aboard Air Force One when Ronald Reagan was president."
    Source:
    J. M. Bayer & J. Rodota, "Computerized Opposition Research," Campaigns & Elections, 6, p. 26-27.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records include research materials accumulated and acquired by the Republican Opposition Research Group during the 1984 presidential election for use in the campaign against Democratic presidential candidates. The records consist of materials such as clippings, press releases, other printed matter, speeches, debate transcripts, memoranda, and video tapes regarding specific Democratic Party leaders, such as Walter F. Mondale, John Glenn and Geraldine Ferraro, and specific political issues and special interest groups.
    Materials contain information about the Democratic Party presidential and vice-presidential nominees, Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, including speeches, financial information, and political background and history.
    Also present are the records generated by the Opposition Research Group regarding its work, including materials regarding the Republican National Committee's innovative electronic research database and communications system, Voices for Victory, which allowed key members of the Republican Party to maintain constant communication and disseminate information quickly and efficiently regardless of geographic location.
    Materials are arranged as they were received from the creator. Materials such as clippings files are arranged chronologically, while other files are arranged alphabetically by topic. Topical folder names created by the organization have been retained.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
    Glenn, John, 1921-
    Ferraro, Geraldine.
    Reagan, Ronald.
    Democratic Party (U.S.)
    Presidents--United States--Election 1984.