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Creator: Mike Dukakis for President, Inc.
Title: Michael S. Dukakis Presidential Campaign records
Dates: 1962-1989 (bulk 1987-1988)
Call Number: M32
Location: 70/1-3, FF4/D4
Volume: 61.15 cubic ft. (71 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: The records of the Michael S. Dukakis presidential campaign document the rigors of running for America's highest office. The collection was compiled by his campaign staff and is a comprehensive record of how the Dukakis Campaign Committee operated. The collection also documents how Michael Dukakis was marketed to the American people as a potential leader, in his numerous speaking engagements and television and radio advertisements. The questionnaires and correspondence highlight the important issues of the campaign. While the bulk of the collection is from the presidential campaign (April 1987 through November 1988), the records span 1962-1989. The material that pre-dates the presidential campaign was compiled to document Michael Dukakis' record as Governor of Massachusetts.
Historical Abstract: Michael Stanley Dukakis was born of Greek immigrant parents on November 3, 1933 in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he still resides, as of 2002. He graduated from Brookline High School (1951), Swarthmore College (1955), and Harvard Law School (1960). Michael Dukakis married Katherine Dickson, known as Kitty, in 1963. They have three children, John, Andrea and Kara. Michael Dukakis served for eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1962-1970) before he lost a bid for lieutenant governor in 1970. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1974, but lost re-election in the Democratic Primary of 1978 to Edward King. Michael Dukakis defeated King in 1982 and was re-elected to an unprecedented third four-year term in 1986. A year after being voted the nation's most effective governor by his peers, he decided to run for president. Michael Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1988 but was defeated by incumbent Vice-President George Herbert Walker Bush. Michael Dukakis served his final two years as governor and went on to teach at Northeastern University and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Arrangement: Organized into 9 series: 1. Administrative, 2. Correspondence, 3. Issues Files, 4. Itinerary, 5. Media Coverage, 6. Speeches and Debates, 7. Video and Audio Materials, 8. Photographs and Graphics, and 9. Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bush, George Herbert Walker, 1924 -
  • Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
  • Bentsen, Lloyd


  • Campaign Debates (1988)
  • Collectibles, Political (1988)
  • Democratic National Convention (Atlanta, 1988)
  • Governors -- Massachusetts
  • Political campaigns -- United States
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1988
  • Presidential candidates -- United States
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989

Restrictions: The collection is unrestricted.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, 1999