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Kathryn and Jeff Breedlove political collection

 Collection
Identifier: POL-0004

Scope and Content

Political artifacts, books, and tapes collected by Jeff and Kathryn Breedlove from 1980-2004.

The Kathryn and Jeff Breedlove political collection consists of commercially produced videotapes, audiotapes, politically oriented books, and a large variety of political artifacts collected from 1980-2007. The collection was started during Jeff Breedlove's college involvement with young Republican groups. Included among the videos are Republican National Committee commercial spots, Rep. Newt Gingrich workshops, campaign spots for Sen. Bob Dole and Rep. Bob Barr, and a debate between Gingrich and President Bill Clinton. The audiotapes include speeches by Gingrich and other congressmen, policy talks by conservatives such as Bill Kristol, Ralph Reed and William Bennett, and a speech by President Ronald Reagan. A variety of books by such writers as P.J. O'Rourke, Richard Viguerie, Bob Dole, and Henry Kissinger are included.

The largest portion of the collection consists of political artifacts. This includes a George W. Bush talking doll, numerous t-shirts, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers. Also included is a John Kennedy commemorative plate, Ronald and Nancy Reagan bedroom shoes, and a felt hat alleged to have been worn in the first (1928) Hoover presidential campaign. The Breedloves also collected souvenirs from a number of political events and conventions that they attended, such as programs, tickets, and invitations. Jeff Breedlove has worked on a number of political campaigns, and the collection includes notebooks and binders from the campaigns of Bob Barr (1994 and 1996) and J. D. Hayworth (1998). Finally, the collection includes a large number of campaign posters and signs from campaigns run by such politicians as Gingrich, Barr, Jack Kemp, Joe Frank Harris, Trent Lott, and the Bush/Cheney campaign. The collection has an emphasis on Republican politicians, campaigns and events, but includes material on a few Democrats such as President Kennedy and the Mondale/Ferarro campaign of 1984.

Dates

  • 1928 - 2007

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Biographical History

Jeff Breedlove, along with his wife Kathryn Ballou, has been active in Republican Party politics, both nationally and in the state of Georgia since the early 1980s.

Jeff Breedlove graduated from Georgia State University, and while a student became active in Young Republican and College Republican organizations. He worked on both national and Georgia political campaigns including those of J.D. Hayworth of Arizona and Bob Barr of Georgia. Breedlove served as a senior staff member to Rep. Barr in both Washington, D.C. and in his district office during the historic 104th and 105th Congresses (1995-1998).

Breedlove has traveled to China on a U.S. Department of State sponsored trip as a delegate with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and has hosted Chinese delegations in Atlanta as well. He served as staff vice-chair for The National Conference of State Legislatures on their Transportation Committee, and as a member of The Council of State Governments Southern Legislative Conference Committee on Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs. In 2004 he worked in the International Media Center and on the Welcoming Committee at Hunter Army Air Field for the G-8 Summit on Sea Island, Georgia.

Breedlove served as the voluntary Georgia state director of Sister Cities International and on the board of directors of the Georgia China Alliance. He has most recently worked as a policy analyst for the Georgia state senate's Research Office. Among the committees he oversaw were Interstate Cooperation, Retirement, State Institutions and Property, and Transportation.

Jeff and Kathryn Breedlove reside in the Morningside neighborhood of Atlanta with their son Lawrence Foster "Jack" Breedlove.

Extent

28.5 Linear feet (44 boxes)

Overview

American and Georgia (state) political memorabilia. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1990s and focuses on Republican politicians and conservative organizations.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged as follows:

Series A: Videotapes

Series B: Audiotapes

Series C: Books

Series D: Political Artifacts

Series E: Large signs/posters

Provenance

Donated by Kathryn and Jeff Breedlove in 2004 and 2007.

Processed By

Processed by Richard Primuth in 2009.
Title
Finding Aid to the Breedlove (Kathryn and Jeff) Political Collection 1928 - 2007 POL-0004
Status
Completed
Date
© 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is in English
Sponsor
Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States