At a Glance


Follow presidential campaigns through the years with this collection of campaign materials.

The Digital Scriptorium, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

America Votes: Presidential Campaign Memorabilia

Photo, FDR campaign button, America Votes

A potpourri of 69 images of campaign memorabilia focusing primarily on presidential elections, beginning with a 1796 letter from Supreme Court Justice William Paterson picking John Adams to win against Thomas Jefferson and closing with a Bush/Cheney 2000 button. Includes flags, letters, sheet music, bumper stickers, handbills, buttons, and even a pack of "Stevenson for President" cigarettes.

Items are indexed by candidates and parties. Includes a 600-word background essay and links to 13 sites pertaining to current political parties. Though limited in size, this site can be useful to students interested in comparing visual materials from presidential campaigns throughout U.S. history.