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Calnan, Neil Collection of Texas Young Republicans

Manuscript Collection Number:
Neil Calnan
Neal Calnan Collection of Texas Young Republicans
Data Span:
March 22, 1956 – January 1992
5 Linear Feet

Processed by: Rowan Prothro
Date Processed: April 2014

  • The Young Republican National Federation or “Young Republicans” organization is a group for members of the Republican Party ranging from high school to forty years of age. Although groups for younger Republicans existed as early as the mid-1800s, the Young Republican National Federation was founded in 1931 at the urging of Herbert Hoover. The group supports Republican party political goals and candidates. Within the organization, there is both national leadership as well as local leadership.

    The materials in this collection are all Texas based and belong to Young Republicans who were active during the 1960s and 1970s. They supported Senator John G. Tower and other Republicans during the period when both Texas and the South were transitioning from being one-party Democratic to one-party Republican.

  • This collection houses three different Texas Young Republican’s leaders papers: Neil Calnan, George Darby, and Linda Underwood. They are arranged in that order. Both Darby and Underwood gave their papers to Neil Calnan with the understanding that they would be donated along with his to the John G. Tower Library. The collections include papers dealing with Young Republican groups and issues in Texas that tie these young Republicans to more well known names such as John Tower and George H.W. Bush. In a 2011 interview with Mr. Calnan at the time the papers were donated, he stated that this particular group of Young Republicans were “white hats” - more moderate than their rival “black hat” conservative colleagues. Calnan also noted that there were 14,000 Young Republicans in Texas in 1967.

  • Collected Papers