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David Hoffman Collection

(7.5 linear feet / 14800 pages)

The David Hoffman Collection consists of materials concerning the career of George Bush. A reporter for the Washington Post, Hoffman covered Bush from his 1980 campaign for president through his presidency (1989-1993). This collection contains the accumulated research files that supported Hoffman's reporting. These paper are arranged into eight distinct series: 1980 Campaign Files, 1984 Campaign Files, 1988 Campaign Files, Biographical Files, Early Career Files, Iran-Contra Files, Presidential Files, and Subject Files.

The 1980 Campaign Files, 1984 Campaign Files, and 1988 Campaign Files contain newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, transcripts of interviews, and computer printouts of stories by the Associated Press and other news organizations. This information documents provides a detailed account of George Bush's several attempts to win the presidency. Special mention should be made of the collection of newspaper articles written by Hoffman describing the 1988 campaign. Note that material concerning the 1992 election is not included in this collection.

A series composed of only several folders, the Biographical Files explore the financial history of President Bush, trace his ancestry in some detail (a family tree is included), and describe recollections of associates, friends, and classmates. This series contains newspaper clippings (mostly from the Hartford Courant) concerning the political career of Senator Prescott Bush, George Bush's father.

The Early Career Files concern the time Bush served as a Congressman, U.N. Ambassador, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1966-1977). Articles from the Texas Observer, Houston Chronicle, and New York Times draw attention to the different types of public service Bush performed during these two decades. This series also contains Bush's voting record taken from the Congressional Quarterly Almanac.

The Iran-Contra Files follows the development of events that occurred in President Reagan's administration. These files consist of documents made public by the Independent Counsel and Congressional investigations, and includes the deposition submitted by President Reagan.

The Presidential Files consist of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, speeches, pamphlets, pool reports, and pieces by Hoffman detailing the Bush Administration's foreign policy, especially President Bush's dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev. Trips by the President to Canada and the Far East also receive lengthy treatment and analysis.

The Subject Files consists of material that was not part of the previous series, including files related to Vice President Bush, other individuals, and general policy issues. Approximately 35 audiocassettes of George Bush speeches and interviews recorded by David Hoffman were transferred from this series to the Audiovisual Collection. Michael Dukakis, President Reagan, and Robert McFarlane are also the subject of several audiocassette recordings in this collection.

Folder Titles

Series: 1980 Campaign Files

Box 1

  • [Bush--1980 Campaign]
  • Bush / "Leadership" Speech, 10/25/79
  • [Bush / Speech Before American Enterprise Council, 12/9/80]
  • Bush / Margot Interview, n.d.
  • [Bush / Biographical and Campaign Material]
  • Bush / Carter
  • Bush / Economy
  • Bush / Endorsements
  • Bush / Energy
  • Bush / Foreign Policy
  • Bush / General Issues
  • Bush / Kennedy
  • Bush / Media
  • Bush / Minorities
  • Bush / Opponents
  • [Bush / Politics, Finance, and Recreation]
  • Bush / Press Interviews--[1]
  • Bush / Press Interviews--[2]
  • [Bush / Profile and Conversation, 1980]

Box 2

  • Bush / Profiles--[1]
  • Bush / Profiles--[2]
  • [The Baron Report--"The Presidential Race Now," 1/23/80]
  • [The Candidates 1980: Where They Stand]
  • [Carter / Mondale]
  • John Anderson
  • [Mid-Term Examination: 1980 Reagan Presidential Campaign]
  • Nicholas King Biography of Bush
  • 1980 Stories [EMPTY]
  • [Republican Party Platform, 1980]

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Series: 1984 Campaign Files

Box 2 -continued-

  • [Bush--1984 Campaign]

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Series: 1988 Campaign Files

Box 2 -continued-

  • [Bush, 1987]--[1]
  • [Bush, 1987]--[2]
  • [Bush, 1987]--[3]

Box 3

  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, January]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, February]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, March]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, April]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, May]--[1]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, May]--[2]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, June]--[1]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, June]--[2]

Box 4

  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, July]--[1]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, July]--[2]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, August]--[1]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, August]--[2]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, August]--[3]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, September]--[1]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, September]--[2]

Box 5

  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, September]--[3]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, October]--[1]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, October]--[2]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, October]--[3]
  • [Bush's 1988 Campaign, November]
  • [1988 Bush-Quayle Campaign Literature]
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, January 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, February 1988

Box 6

  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, March 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, April 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, May 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, June 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, July 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, August 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, September 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, October 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, November 1988
  • Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, December 1988
  • [Articles by Hoffman from Washington Post, January-November 1988]
  • Bush / Commencement Addresses, 1987
  • Bush / Speeches, 1987
  • Bush / Ethics Speech, 2/2/87
  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session/Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 3/5/87]
  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session/Waterloo, Iowa, 3/5/87]
  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session/Davenport, Iowa, 3/5/87]
  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session/Sioux City, Iowa, 3/6/87]
  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session/Council Bluffs, Iowa, 3/6/87]

Box 7

  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session/Mason City, Iowa, 3/6/87]
  • [Bush / Question and Answer Session, Des Moines, Iowa, 3/6/87]
  • Bush / "Role of the President" Speech, 4/3/87
  • Bush / AIDS Speech, 6/1/87
  • Bush / "20/20" Interview, 10/9/87
  • Bush / Announcement Speech, 10/12/87
  • Bush / Interview with David Frost, Program #2, 12/5/87
  • Bush / "Meet the Press," 12/13/87
  • Bush / David Frost Interview, 1/88 [EMPTY]
  • Bush / Dan Rather Interview, 1/26/88
  • Rowland Evans / Robert Novak Interview with William Brock and John Sununu, 2/6 & 7/88
  • Bush / Washington Post Interview, 4/27/88
  • [Bush / "Nightline" and Interview with Ted Koppel, 6/9/88]
  • Bush / "Nightline" Interview, 6/10/88
  • Bush / Boston Globe Interview, 7/12/88
  • Bush, 8/88 [EMPTY]
  • Baker / "Meet the Press," 8/7/88
  • Bush / Platform Speech, 8/8/88
  • Bush / David Broder Interview, 8 & 9/88
  • Bush / Question and Answer Session with Washington Post Reporters, 8/10/88
  • Bush / Tom Brokaw Interview, 8/15/88
  • Bush / New Orleans Acceptance Speech, 8/18/88
  • Bush / Interview, 10/31/88
  • [Bush and Dukakis / David Frost Interview, 11/5/88]
  • Bush / AIDS
  • Bush / Announcement Clips
  • Bush / Articles by Broder
  • Bush / Athletes for Bush
  • Bush / Barbara Bush
  • Bush / Blacks
  • Bush / Budget
  • [Bush / Budget Policy]
  • [Bush / Campaign Calendar]
  • Bush / Campaign Money
  • Bush / Child-Care
  • [Bush / Civil Rights, Discrimination, Voting Rights, and Fair Housing]

Box 8

  • Bush / "Coming Out" in Iowa
  • Bush / Competitiveness
  • Bush / Congress
  • Bush / Convention Magazine Articles
  • Bush / Craig Shirley Piece
  • Bush / Crime
  • Bush / Cuomo
  • Bush / Defense
  • Bush / Deficit
  • Bush / Education
  • Bush / Endorse
  • Bush / Ethics
  • Bush / Farm
  • Bush / Garn Endorsement
  • Bush / Hispanics
  • Bush / Hunt for Running Mate
  • Bush / Illinois, 3/88
  • Bush / INF Treaty
  • Bush / Improve Message
  • Bush / "Inner Circle"
  • [Bush / Iowa]
  • [Bush / Leadership on the Issues]--[1]
  • [Bush / Leadership on the Issues]--[2]
  • Bush / London Trip
  • Bush / Los Angeles Times Profile, 11/22/87
  • Bush / Middle East Advisory Committee
  • Bush / Minority Business/Blacks
  • Bush / NRA
  • Bush / New Hampshire Press Clips
  • [Bush / Newspaper Articles, 1987-88]

Box 9

  • Bush / Newspaper Clippings / New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Dakota, 1 & 2/88
  • Bush and Reagan / New York Times Article by Steve Roberts, 11/30/87
  • Bush / Offshore Drilling
  • Bush / Oil Prices
  • Bush / Plank / Pay Equity
  • Bush / PAC Money
  • Bush / Polls
  • Bush / Position Papers
  • Bush / Post-Houston Debate / Broder Piece
  • Bush / Profiles
  • [Bush / Profiles]
  • Bush / Reagan Endorsement
  • [Bush / Republican Convention, 1988]
  • Bush / Rural America
  • Bush / Seabrook
  • Bush / Second in Command
  • Bush / Soviet Mechanics Remark
  • Bush / Soviets, 12/6/88 [EMPTY]
  • Bush / Staff
  • Bush / SDI
  • Bush / Strategy
  • Bush / Super Tuesday Newspaper Clippings, 2 & 3/88
  • Bush / Taxes
  • Bush / Terrorism
  • Bush--To File
  • Bush / Troubles with Reagan Coalition
  • Bush / Tuition
  • Bush and Dukakis / Washington Post Policy Stories, 10 & 11/88
  • Bush / Wisconsin, 3/88
  • Activities of Bush and Dukakis on Election Eve
  • Blacks / Bush Committee of 100
  • [Complaint Against Bush for Presidential Campaign; Before Federal Electoral Commission of U.S.]
  • [Culture Gap]
  • Deborah Steelman
  • Dole vs. Bush--(Atwater) [EMPTY]
  • [Dole for President]
  • Dole / Spending Freeze]
  • [Dukakis: An American Odyssey by Charles Kenney and Robert L. Turner]

Box 10

  • [Dukakis / Crime and Massachusetts Furlough Program]
  • [Dukakis / Defense and Environment]
  • [Dukakis: The Man Who Would Be President by Richard Gaines and Michael Segal]
  • [Dukakis and Massachusetts Mess]
  • Dukakis Policy Papers
  • Education Funding During Reagan / Bush
  • [The Hazards of Duke]
  • Health / 1988 Campaign
  • Jim Wright, 9/27 [EMPTY]
  • [Kemp for President]
  • [LULAC Convention Material]
  • [Magazine Articles Dealing with Bush]
  • New Hampshire Propaganda
  • ["The Next President" / U.S. News and World Report]
  • 1988 Campaign Ads
  • [1988 Campaign Pieces by Elizabeth Drew in The New Yorker]
  • [1988 Dukakis-Bentsen Campaign Literature]
  • Peggy Noonan [EMPTY]
  • [Paul Kirk / Democratic National Chairman]
  • [Presidential Schedule]

Box 11

  • [Press Background Information for George Bush's Visit to Applied Materials ETCH Cleanroom]
  • Reagan Attacks Dukakis
  • ["The Real George Bush"--An AlterNet Special Report]
  • Republican Convention / Congressional Quarterly Articles
  • [Republican Debate Excerpts]
  • [Schedules for George and Barbara Bush]
  • [SRI Research Center, Inc. / Republican Debate Poll, 10/28/87]
  • Supreme Court
  • [Vice President Bush's Record]
  • Washington Post Series on Bush, 8/88

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Series: Biographical Files

Box 11 -continued-

  • Bush / Biographical/General Information
  • [Bush / Campaign and Personal Finances] [2 folders]
  • Bush / Family [4 folders]
  • [Bush / Individual Income Tax Returns]
  • [Bush / Phillips Academy]
  • [George Bush's Family]
  • [Interviews and Notes Concerned with Friends and Associates of Bush]
  • Khackigian / Note for Bush Profile
  • Khedouri / Bush Reaction to Gorbachev Speech
  • [Personal Character of Bush]

Box 12

  • Prescott Bush--[1]
  • Prescott Bush--[2]
  • [Recollections of Friends, Classmates, etc. of Bush]
  • [Shooting Down of Bush's Plane During World War II]
  • Steelman / Note for Bush Profile

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Series: Early Career Files

Box 12 -continued-

  • Bush / CIA
  • Bush / Congressional Career
  • [Bush / Newspaper Articles from Houston Chronicle About His Years in Congress]
  • [Bush / Newspaper Articles from Houston Chronicle About His 1970 Race for Senate]
  • [Bush / Newspaper Articles from New York Times on His Role as U.N. Ambassador]--[1]
  • [Bush / Newspaper Articles from New York Times on His Role as U.N. Ambassador]--[2]

Box 13

  • Bush / Race Against Bentsen
  • Bush / Texas
  • Bush / The Texas Observer, 1964-1979
  • Bush / Transcript of Post Luncheon, 3/21/73 [1]
  • Bush / Transcript of Post Luncheon, 3/21/73 [2]
  • Bush / U.N. / China
  • [Bush / U.N. Ambassador and Republican National Chairman]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1967]--[1]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1967]--[2]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1968]--[1]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1968]--[2]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1969]--[1]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1969]--[2]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1970]--[1]
  • [Bush's Voting Record in House of Representatives, 1970]--[2]

Box 14

  • Civil Rights Commission
  • Open Housing Legislation
  • [Republican National Committee]

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Series: Iran-Contra Files

Box 14 -continued-

  • [Bush Involvement in Iran-Contra] [1]
  • [Bush Involvement in Iran-Contra] [2]
  • [Bush Involvement in Iran-Contra] [3]
  • [Bush Involvement in Iran-Contra] [4]
  • Bush / Mary McGrory Article
  • Bush / Time Interview, 12/6/86
  • [Chronology of Bush Involvement in Iran-Contra]
  • [Fuller Deposition]
  • Fuller--"Reconstruction" [EMPTY]
  • [Iran-Contra / Adnan M. Khashoggi]
  • Iran-Contra Hearings / Deposition of Donald P. Gregg
  • Iran-Contra Hearings / Deposition of Phyllis M. Byrne
  • Iran-Contra Hearings / Deposition of Samuel J. Watson III
  • [Reagan Deposition]--[1]
  • [Reagan Deposition]--[2]

Box 15

  • [Reagan Deposition]--[3]
  • [Reagan Deposition]--[4]

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Series: Presidential Files

Box 15 -continued-

  • [Bush, 1989]
  • [Bush, 1990]
  • [Bush, 1991]
  • Bush / Inaugural Speech, 1/20/89
  • Edward Kennedy / Speech, 3/6/89
  • Richard Darman / "Beyond the Deficit" Speech, 7/20/89
  • Bush / Acid Rain
  • Bush / Angola
  • Bush / Budget
  • Bush / Cabinet List
  • Bush / Children's Issues
  • Bush / China and Fang Lizhi
  • Bush / Citizens for a Sound Economy
  • Bush / Congress
  • Bush & Baker / Contras
  • Bush / Environment
  • Bush / Flexible Freeze
  • Bush / Foreign Policy
  • Bush / Grain
  • Bush / Health Policy
  • Bush / Inauguration Magazine Articles
  • Bush / Inauguration Piece
  • Bush / Inauguration Staff Phone List
  • Bush / Information Concerning His Cabinet Appointees
  • Bush / Los Angeles Times Article "Symbols of Power," 11/20/88
  • Bush / Magic
  • Bush / Media
  • Bush / Medicare
  • Bush / Minorities
  • Bush / Notes Concerning Personnel
  • Bush / Plans for Beginning of Presidency
  • Bush / Regulation
  • Bush / Staff [Executive Clerk]
  • Bush / Style
  • Bush / Transition Standards of Conduct
  • [Bush / U.S.-Soviet Relations]
  • Bush's Trip to Canada, 2/10/89
  • Bush's Trip to China, Japan, and South Korea, 2/23-27/89
  • Bush's Soviet Policy / Hoffman Analysis

Box 16

  • Brent Scowcroft
  • Capitol Steps / Christmas Lyrics
  • Gorbachev Message to Bush
  • Illiteracy
  • James Allison, Jr. / Missing Person in Bush's Campaign
  • Kennebunkport [EMPTY]
  • Mexico / Salinas Visit, 11/23/88--[1]
  • Mexico / Salinas Visit, 11/23/88--[2]
  • Opposition to Gas Tax
  • Quayle's Trip to Central and South America, 2/1-3/89
  • Richard J. Kerr
  • Special Inaugural Section of Washington Post, 1/20/89
  • Transition Schedule for Presidents from Eisenhower to Bush

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Series: Subject Files

Box 16 -continued-

  • [Voting Research]
  • War Powers / Covert Action
  • [Bush, 1981]
  • [Bush, 1982]
  • [Bush, 1985]
  • [Bush, 1986]
  • Bush / Speeches, 1986
  • Bush / Vice-Presidential Acceptance Speeches, 1980, 1984
  • Bush / Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues, 9/9/85
  • [David Stockman Interview, 9/19/86]
  • Bush / CIA and Covert Action Speech, 3/14/87
  • Bush / Foreign Policy Speech, 8/18/87
  • [Bush / Speech Before U.N. Security Council--Persian Gulf Situation, 7/14/88]
  • [Bush / Interview and Speech, n.d.]
  • Bush / Abortion
  • [Bush / Drugs]
  • [Bush / ERA}
  • [Bush / Ethiopian Jews]

Box 17

  • Bush / Foreign Policy
  • [Bush / Labor]
  • Bush / Medical Record
  • Bush / NATO
  • Bush / Poland
  • Bush / Social Policy
  • [Bush / Team B]
  • Bush / Trip to Western Europe [10/31/87]
  • [Bush / U.S.-Soviet Relations]
  • [Anti-Drug Cooperation Between U.S. and Bahamas]
  • [Archbishop Iakovos]
  • [Barbara Bush on Bus]
  • [Bradley / Campaign Contributions]
  • Bricker Treaty
  • [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January / February 1988]
  • [Cities in Schools]
  • Downing of Iran Air Flight 655 by U.S.S. Vincennes, 7/3/88
  • [The Economic Club of Detroit]
  • [Ethanol]
  • [Forum on U.S.-Soviet Trade]
  • [Frank L. Rizzo]
  • [Ferdinand Marcos' Wartime Role]
  • [Financing of Gulf War Effort]
  • [George P. Shultz]
  • [Global Warming]
  • [Hoffman / Beginning of Novel]
  • Hoffman / Memo to Simmons, 12/88 [EMPTY]
  • [Hoffman / Notebook]--[1]
  • [Hoffman / Notebooks]--[2]
  • [Hoffman / Notebook]--[3]

Box 18

  • [Hoffman / Notes]
  • [Hoffman / Notes and Postcards]
  • [Hoffman / Notes for War College Talk, 1/30/90]
  • [Hoffman / Speeches, 1990-91]
  • [Illiteracy]
  • [Leadership Conference on Civil Rights]
  • [Memorial Service for Crew of U.S.S. Stark, 5/22/87]
  • [Miller Center Commission on Presidential Transition and Foreign Policy]
  • [Natural Enquirer, March / April 1988]
  • [Newspapers]
  • [Nicaraguan Resistance]
  • 1976 GOP Convention
  • [Nonpoint Source Pollution]
  • [Offshore Drilling/California]
  • [Oil Drilling in Arctic]
  • [Pentagon's Black Budget]
  • [Panama]
  • [Peter Roussel]
  • [President Reagan's Fiscal Year 1990 Budget]
  • [Request for Presidential Interview]
  • Reagan Administration and Nazis
  • [Reagan / Baker]
  • Reagan / Book Proposal
  • [Reagan / Drugs]
  • [Reagan / Education and Space Policy]
  • [Reagan / Ferdinand Marcos and Philippines]
  • [Reagan / Iran-Contra]
  • [Reagan's Arms Control Negotiators]
  • Republican Party / Blacks
  • [Research and Development at Procter and Gamble]
  • Sandinistas Supply Soviet Weaponry to FMLN in El Salvador
  • [Summit Meeting, 1987]
  • [Schwartzenager Interview on AFII]
  • [Symposium Concerning Jewish Americans and 1988 Political Scene]
  • [Taxpayer Bill of Rights]
  • [United Nations]

Box 19

  • [U.S.-Cuban Relations]
  • [Vice President Bush and Terrorism]
  • [Vice President Bush's Trip to Europe, 10-11/87]--[1]
  • [Vice President Bush's Trip to Europe, 10-11/87]--[2]
  • [Vice President Bush's Trips, 1981-84]
  • Weinberger and Sununu/INF Treaty
  • [World's Fishing Fair]
  • [David Hoffman / Audiotapes]--[1]
  • [David Hoffman / Audiotapes]--[2]

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