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Cambridge Municipal Elections 1985 Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CHC048

Collection Description

This collection, of unknown provenance, was received for processing in November 2007. It contains the electioneering materials of ten City Council candidates and four candidates for the School Committee, all running in the 1985 Cambridge, Massachusetts municipal elections. These brief materials consist of brochures, fliers, and letters describing the qualifications and positions of each candidate. Four lapel buttons are also included. Brief though they are, these personal statements give insight into the issues of paramount concern to the voters at this particular juncture of the city’s history.

Dates

  • 1985

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Access

Collection is available for research under the CHC rules of use.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives.

Historical Note

Candidates for the Cambridge City Council all spoke to the single most important issue of concern to voters at that time: rent control and housing. Most of the candidates strongly supported rent control, increased community oversight of real estate development, and the protection of home owners.

An historic first took place in this election: the candidacy of Hugh Russell for City Council, the first openly gay individual to stand for an elected city office. While mentioning many of the same issues as the other candidates, Mr. Russell’s primary concern was in support of the gay and lesbian community: promoting several measures to assist AIDS sufferers and equal rights for gays and lesbians in Cambridge.

Extent

2 inches (1 box)

Abstract

This collection contains the electioneering materials of ten City Council candidates and four candidates for the School Committee, all running in the 1985 Cambridge, Massachusetts municipal elections. These brief materials consist of brochures, fliers, and letters describing the qualifications and positions of each candidate. Four lapel buttons are also included.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Series I -- Cambridge City Council
  2. Series II -- Cambridge School Committee

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site

Provenance

Provenance Unknown. Received for Processing, November 2007.

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Alice Dodds, November 2007.

Encoded by: Brittany Fox, July 2020.
Title
Inventory of the Cambridge Municipal Elections Collection, 1985
Author
Processing and finding aid by: Alice Dodds, November 2007; machine-readable finding aid by: Brittany Fox, July 2020.
Description rules
Finding Aid Was Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

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