Scope and Content
Title: Denison Kitchel Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1947-1980
Collection number: 81127
Collection Size: 5 manuscript boxes (2.1 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, and clippings, relating to American politics, and especially to the 1964
presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater.
Collection open for research.
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[Identification of item], Denison Kitchel Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1981.
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Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States--Politics and government.
United States--Politics and government--1945-1989.
Scope and Content
Denison Kitchel was born on March 1, 1908 in Bronxville, New
York. After completing his B.A. at Yale University, he entered
Harvard Law School from which he received his LL.B. in 1933.
Upon finishing his studies, he moved to Arizona where he was
admitted to the bar in 1934. His initial position was with
Ellinwood and Ross; in 1946, along with two other lawyers, he
founded the firm of Evans, Kitchel and Jenckes in Phoenix.
In 1970 he retired from practice.
Denison Kitchel was active in Republican politics in Arizona from
about 1950 on. His primary association was with Barry Goldwater
- as friend, advisor, and general manager of Senator Goldwater's
campaign for the presidency in 1964. The Barry Goldwater file,
spanning the years from 1947 to 1980, is the largest file in the
correspondence series and, perhaps, the richest and most reward-
ing relevant to political events. The researcher should be aware
that other important Goldwater material, including correspondece,
is located in all of the other series excepting Miscellaneous.
Other noteworthy correspondents in the correspondence series
include William J. Baroody, president of the American Enterprise
Institute; Paul Fannin, senator from and governor of Arizona;
author and political observer Raymond Moley; Supreme Court
Justice William H. Rehnquist; Arizona Congressmen John J. Rhodes
and Sam Steiger; and Arizona Governor Jack Williams.
The Goldwater Presidential Campaign series is small and limited,
both in scope and in content. Much of the material in it is
commonplace, particluarly the general correspondence section and
the voluminous congratulatory correspondence received by Kitchel.
Those letters from the correspondence subseries of the Goldwater
Presidential Campaign series which were deemed more substantial
and interesting were placed in the general Correspondence series
discussed in the preceeding paragraph. Of greatest note in the
Goldwater Presidential series would be the "Draft Goldwater
Endeavor" file, material of which spans the years 1962 - 1963.
This file offers a short but interesting account of the genesis
of the Goldwater presidential camapign.
The Office File contains material relevant to a few different
legal issues in which Mr. Kitchel was, to a greater or lesser
extent, involved. Informative in their own right, the various
files within the Office File series also yield information on
Mr. Kitchel's legal opinions and thinking.
Approximately the same size as the last two series is the
Speeches and Writings series. The various items are listed
either by subject or by title. The most detailed, and perhaps
most interesting, entry is that of "Explaining Things to Ike."
The article specifically concerns a meeting between Goldwater and
Eisenhower at which Senator Goldwater's statement "extremism
in defense of liberty is no vice," is explained to the former
President. The files for that particular article contain drafts,
revisions and correspondence relating to the genesis of Senator
There is also a very small Miscellany File.