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Inventory of the Whitaker & Baxter Campaigns, Inc. Records
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Description
Whitaker & Baxter Campaigns, Inc. was the country's first political campaign management firm. The company's records document their state, local and national political campaigns as well as work for various public relations clients spanning the 1933 to 1974 time period. Also included are records of the company's wire service, the California Feature Service, 1944-1974.
Background
Whitaker & Baxter Campaigns Inc., the country's first political campaign management firm, was founded in 1933 by business partners (later husband and wife) Clem Whitaker, Sr. and Leone Baxter. Although operating under the name Campaigns Inc., the company was not actually incorporated until 1950. Corporate filings at that time show Clem Whitaker, Sr., Leone Baxter and Howard Hassard (the firm's attorney) as Directors of the company. The company's principal office was located in San Francisco but temporary offices were opened in other cities as required including Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Extent
178 cubic feet
Restrictions
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.
Availability
Collection is open for research.