IOWA WOMEN’S ARCHIVES

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES

IOWA CITY, IOWA

 

 

MARGARET McDONALD (1925 -  )

 

PAPERS, 1966-1991

2 linear feet

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The papers (donor no. 112) were donated by Margaret McDonald in 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1992.

ACCESS:

The papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In box 4.

PROCESSED BY:

Bridget Butler, 1992.

Biography

 

            Margaret McDonald was born in Indianola, Iowa in 1925.  She graduated from Capitol City Commercial College and attended the University of Iowa.  During World War II she served as secretary to future president Ronald W. Reagan who was a captain in the United States Air Force stationed in California.  In 1952 McDonald became actively involved in politics during her husband James L. McDonald's successful campaign for Cherokee County, Iowa Attorney (a post he held until 1985 when he was appointed district judge).  From 1952 to 1964 McDonald was active in the Republican Women's Organization of Cherokee County and served in many offices.  In 1966 she managed Wiley Mayne's successful campaign for United States Congress and was elected County Republican Party co-chair, a post she kept until 1970. 

 

            In 1970 McDonald was elected co-chair of the 6th District of the state Republican party and became a member of the state Central Committee of the Republican Party.  From 1973 to 1980 McDonald served as co-chair of the State Republican party; during most of those years the party chair was John McDonald (no relation).  In 1980 she was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Detroit and chaired the 1980 State Convention in Cedar Rapids.  From 1981 to 1987 she served on the Iowa Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Development Disabilities Commission and was chair during part of her tenure.  McDonald was field representative for Robert Dole's presidential campaign in 1987-1988 and a Dole delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention.  In 1990 she was a field representative for Tom Tauke's senate campaign and in 1992 served as a member of the party finance committee of Cherokee County.

 

Scope and Content Note

            The Margaret McDonald papers measure 2 linear feet and date from 1966 to 1991.  Margaret McDonald was active in Iowa Republican politics from 1973 to 1980.  Her papers contain letters, memoranda, notes, photographs, press releases, speeches, and position papers relevant to both Iowa politics and national presidential primary campaigns during those years.  There is little of a biographical nature in the papers.

 

            Correspondence includes letters from the Republican National Committee, particularly from Mary Dent Crisp and Mary Louise Smith, relating to efforts of the Republican party during the 1970s to encourage women to join and become more active in the party.  During her years as Republican Party Co-Chair, McDonald received correspondence from national political figures such as Gerald Ford, Robert Dole, Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockfeller, and Ronald Reagan

 

            The Republican Party State Central Committee and state elections material includes notes, memoranda, and studies regarding campaign strategy.  There are also newspaper clippings both of Republican party activities, editorials, and letters to the editor. 

 

            An autographed photograph of Ronald Reagan from the mid-1940s is included in the photographs.

 

Box no.   Description

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Box 1

                         Republican Party Materials

 

Cherokee County Co-Chair Materials, 1966-1970

District Co-Chair Papers, 1970-1973

Iowa Federation of Republican Women, 1971-1980

National Conference of Republican State Chairmen, 1977

Newsletter, The Iowa Indicator, 1974-1976

Newsletter, The Iowa Republican, 1970-1973

State Central Committee, 1973-1977

State Central Committee, 1978-1979

State Co-Chair, 1973-1980

State Convention, 1974

State Convention, 1976

State Convention, 1978

State Convention, 1980

State Elections, 1974

State Elections, 1978-1980

Social and Fundraising Events, 1968-1981

Box 2

Correspondence

1969-1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

January-June

July-December

1976

1977

 

Box 3

1978

1979-1980

1989

 

Press Releases

1974-1975

1976

1977-1978

1979

 

Speeches

1966-1974

1975-1976

1977-1978

1979

 

Newspaper Clippings

1966-1974

1975

1976

1977-1991

Box 4

Presidential Campaign Material

Ford Campaign, 1975-1976

Bush Campaign, 1979-1980

Dole Campaign, 1988

 

Personal

Resume, 1992

Republican Party Convention Badges, 1976-1980

State Inaugural Memorabilia, 1971-1979

National Inaugural Memorabilia, 1973-1989

Awards and Recognition, 1970-1988

Campaign Stickers

Autographs

Photographs

 

Box 5

Scrapbook