Scope and Content of Collection
The records of the University of Maryland College Republican Club span the period 1948 to 1976. The collection consists of correspondence, newsletters, minutes, constitutions, convention materials, newspaper clippings, and information gleaned for a club history. The records also contain correspondence, newsletters, and directives from the Maryland Federation of the College Republicans and the College Republican National Committee. In addition, the files include a significant grouping of campaign materials directed toward students from the 1972 presidential election.
Among the correspondents represented in the collection are various presidents of the club, particularly Alan Virta, who served as president of the UMCP club (1971-1973) and as Chairman of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans (1973-1974). Other significant correspondents are George Bush, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1973-1975), and Karl C. Rove, Chairman of the College Republican National Committee (1973-1974).
Documentation of particular interest includes correspondence relating to a dissenting group within the Maryland Federation of College Republicans that formed the New Maryland Majority in 1973. Also included is correspondence and newspaper clippings pertaining to the controversial election of Karl C. Rove as Chairman of the College Republican National Committee in 1973.