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Republican National Committee (U.S.) Opposition Research Group records
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  • Title: Opposition Research Group records
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1984
    Collection Number: 85085
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 64 manuscript boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes (27.5 Linear Feet)
    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.
    Creator: Republican National Committee (U.S.). Opposition Research Group
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Access

    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Republican National Committee (U.S.) Opposition Research Group records, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & 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.

    Related Materials

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1984
    Reagan, Ronald
    Democratic Party (U.S.)
    Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Ferraro, Geraldine