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This collection contains planning records, videos, and news clippings associated with both the 1992 and 1996 Presidential Debates. 1992 Debate records cover the selection and subsequent cancellation of USD as a host site. News clippings also cover the controversy between the Bush and Clinton campaigns over why the debate was canceled. 1996 Debate records include correspondence, site selection and visitation information, planning meeting records, and contract information with the Commission on Presidential Debates. Design records featuring the debate logo which was placed on Media Kit items, t-shirts, lapel pins, and stationary are included. Short news cast videos are included along with promotional videos of USD, videos of debate preparation, and coverage of the debate. Also included are contact sheets with photographs of the event; newspaper articles covering site selection and the Debate; and a scrapbook of photographs, news, and event programs.

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Collection Dates

1992, 1996

Collection Size

5 total boxes, 3 oversize (5 linear feet)


political events, Presidents--United States--Election--1992, Presidents--United States--Election--1996


American Politics | Higher Education | Political History



Finding Aid Publication Date


Finding Aid Author

Ashley Toutain

Guide to the Presidential Debate records