James C. Free Papers

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Title: James C. Free Papers

Dates: 1978–2000

Creator: James C. Free

Summary/Abstract: James Free received a bachelor's and a master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University, then later worked as a regional coordinator and a special assistant to President Jimmy Carter. The collection includes three cubic feet of letters, newspaper articles, and other personal papers related to Free's political activities.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 4.5 linear feet. Further accretions are possible.

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: none

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), James C. Free Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: James C. Free 1998 and 2009. Further acquisitions possible.

Processed By: Original processor Matthew Brown; additional processing, Kayla Utendorf, graduate assistant, 2013.

Arrangement: With a few exceptions, the arrangement of this collection reflects the original order of the papers.  Occasionally no original order could be detected, in which case they were arranged by subject.

Biographical Note: James C. Free attended Middle Tennessee State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics (1969) and a master’s degree in public administration (1972).  After graduation Free worked for Middle Tennessee State University as an assistant to the university’s vice president.

Free has a rich history of activity in the Democratic Party.  In 1976 Free worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign as southern regional coordinator.  After Carter’s election to the presidency, Free served as Special Assistant to the President for Congressional Affairs and supported President Carter’s programs before Congress.

Free raised money for Ned McWherter’s campaign for Governor of Tennessee.  He served as Governor McWherter’s administrative assistant and as both chief clerk and executive officer of the Tennessee House of Representatives.  Free also worked for the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale in 1984 and Senator Albert Gore, Jr. in 1988 and 2000.

In 1995 Free co-founded the Smith-Free Group with James E. Smith.  Previously he was vice-chair of Walker-Free Associates.  As a lobbyist, he has represented American businesses in such areas as energy, entertainment, communications, health care, banking, and insurance.

On May 8, 2010 Free gave a commencement address at Middle Tennessee State University.

Scope and Content: The James C. Free Papers document the political activities of James C. Free, his associates, and members of the Democratic Party.  The bulk of the papers include correspondence between Free and various politicians.  They include the names of donors, receipts from travel to conventions, and written testimony presented to the Hunt Commission.  There is also material from the 1982 Mid-term Democratic Convention and the 1984 Democratic National Convention.  Free’s papers also contain materials documenting Democratic Party political strategy and fundraising activities.

The materials were arranged by subject rather than type or function of material.  This means, for example, that although there is a series for correspondence, subject related correspondence may be found in a series related to that subject.  Researchers are advised to note possible alternative locations of the documents for which they seek.

Series 1.  Correspondence.  This series contains personal correspondence, letters of appreciation, and letters of congratulation.

Series 2.  Democratic National Party.  This series contains documents pertaining to the Democratic National Party, including documents from the Democratic National Convention, the Commission for Presidential Nominations, the Hunt Commission, and newspaper articles relating to the Democratic National Party.

Series 3.  Elections.  This series contains documents relating to the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Ned McWherter, and Al Gore, as well as fundraising information concerning the Democratic Congressional Committee and Senatorial Committee and newspaper articles about presidential candidates.

Series 4.  James C. Free Articles.  This series contains correspondence, maps, and articles written by James Free.

Series 5.  Ephemera.  This series contains photographs, campaign buttons, and ephemera.

Associated Materials: There are no known associated materials.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
James C. Free
Ned McWherter
Charles E. Walker
Walter Mondale
Coleman Young
Bill Clinton
Tony Coelho
Charles Rangel
Jimmy Carter
Al Gore Jr.

Places
Tennessee
Philadelphia, PA
Birmingham, AL
Washington, D.C.
Atlanta, GA

Subjects (General)
Democratic National Party
Democratic National Convention
Presidential campaigns
Tennessee gubernatorial campaigns

Material Types
Correspondence
Memos
Documents
Receipts
Photographs
Newspaper/Magazine articles
Campaign buttons

Collection Inventory:

Box Folder Series Subseries Description of Content
1 1

Correspondence

Correspondence 1980-1983

Personal and political correspondence 1980-1983

1 2

Correspondence

Correspondence 1980-1983

Personal, political, and business correspondence 1980-1983

1 3

Correspondence

Duplicate Correspondence

Duplicate correspondence from folders 1 and 2

1 4

Correspondence

Personal Correspondence 1981

Personal correspondence dated 1981

1 5

Correspondence

Personal Correspondence 1983

Personal correspondence dated 1983, letters of appreciation

1 6

Correspondence

Personal Correspondence 1983

Other personal correspondence dated 1983

1 7

Correspondence

Personal Correspondence 1984

Personal correspondence dated 1984

1 8

Correspondence

Letters of Appreciation

Letters of appreciation to and from Jim Free

1 9

Correspondence

Letters of Appreciation

Letters of apprectiation to Jim Free

1 10

Correspondence

Letters of Congratulation

Letters of congratulation regarding position at Charles Walker Associates

1 11

Correspondence

Letters of Congratulation

Letters of congratulation regarding position at Charles Walker Associates

1 12

Correspondence

General Correspondence

Other correspondence including personal, financial, and political correspondence

1 13

Democratic National Party

Hunt Commission Development

Correspondence, schedules, and goals/member lists relating to the development of the Hunt Commission

1 14

Democratic National Party

Hunt Commission Testimony and Materials

Documents related to the testimony from November 6 1981 hearing

1 15

Democratic National Party

Hunt Commission Testimony and Materials

Documents related to the testimony from November 6 1981 hearing

1 16

Democratic National Party

Hunt Commission Publications and Articles

Publications and articles related to the proceedings of the Hunt Commission

2 11

Democratic National Party

Hunt Commission Publications and Articles

Publications and articles related to the proceedings of the Hunt Commission

2 2

Democratic National Party

Hunt Commission Proposed Rules

Rules proposed by the Hunt Commission regarding delegate selection process

2 3

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations

Correspondence, schedules, rules, and articles relating to the Commission on Presidential Nominations

2 4

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Schedules

Schedules for the Commission on Presidential Nominations

2 5

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Testimony

Testimony and correspondence relating to the Presidential Nominating system

2 6

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Testimony

Testimony and correspondence relating to the Presidential Nominating system

2 7

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Testimony

Testimony and correspondence relating to the Presidential Nominating system

2 8

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Testimony

Testimony and correspondence relating to the Presidential Nominating System

2 9

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Conference

Articles and regulations for preparation for conference in Wisconsin

2 10

Democratic National Party

Commission on Presidential Nominations Conference

Scedules, articles, by-laws, etc. to prepare for the Commission on Presidential Nominations meeting held in Washington D.C.

3 1

Democratic National Party

Democratic Policy Committee Publications

Articles and publications from the Democratic Policy Committee, 1982

3 2

Democratic National Party

1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention Correspondence

Correspondence about preparing to attend the 1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention

3 3

Democratic National Party

1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention Information

Notes, member lists, and schedules relating to the 1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention

3 4

Democratic National Party

1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention Information

Hotel guide, notes, catering lists, and reciepts for the 1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention

3 5

Democratic National Party

 

1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention Publications

Publications used for the 1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention

3 6

Democratic National Party

1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention Publications

Publications used for or relating to the 1982 Democratic Mid-Term Convention

3 7

Democratic National Party

1984 Democratic National Convention 

Receipts and correspondence preparing for the 1984 Democratic National Convention

3 8

Democratic National Party

1984 Democratic National Convention Alabama Delegates

Lists and instructions related to the tracking of Alabama delegates at the 1984 Democratic National Convention

3 9

Democratic National Party

1984 Democratic National Convention Publications

Publications about the 1984 Democratic National Convention

3 10

Democratic National Party

1984 Democratic National Convention Information

Invitations, schedules, and maps for the 1984 Democratic National Convention

3 11

Democratic National Party

Democratic Policy

Correspondence and articles relating to Democratic policy

3 12

Democratic National Party

Democratic Policy

Publications relating to Democratic Policy

3 13

Democratic National Party

Democratic Policy

Publications relating to Democratic Policy

3 14

Democratic National Party

Democratic Policy Articles

Articles relating to Democratic Policy

3 15

Democratic National Party

Democratic National Party Articles

Newspaper articles relating to the Democratic National Party, 1986-1988, some no date

3 16

Democratic National Party

Democratic National Party Articles

Newspaper articles relating to the Democratic National Party, 1987, some no date

4 1

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence relating to issues and endorsements

4 2

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence including strategy memos and politician lists and descriptions

4 3

Elections

Walter Mondale Delegates

Correspondence and delegate lists-Alabama

4 4

Elections

Walter Mondale Delegates

Delegate lists and notes-Louisana

4 5

Elections

Walter Mondale Delegates

Correspondence, delegate lists, and notes-Mississippi

4 6

Elections

Walter Mondale Delegates

Delegate lists-South Carolina

4 7

Elections

Walter Mondale Delegates

Delegate lists-Tennessee and Texas

4 8

Elections

Walter Mondale Alabama Primary

Correspondence, schedules, notes, and articles relating to the Alabama Primary in March 1984

4 9

Elections

Walter Mondale Delegates

Correspondence, notes, and delegate lists-Tennessee

4 10

Elections

Walter Mondale Tennessee Duck Hunting

Correspondence, newspaper articles, and member biographies relating to a duck hunting trip in Tennessee, participated in by Walter Mondale in 1982

4 11

Elections

Walter Mondale Tennessee Duck Hunting

Newspaper articles relating to a duck hunting trip in Tennessee, participated in by Walter Mondale in 1982

4 12

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence and schedules 1982-1984

4 13

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence relating to the 1984 Democratic National Convention

4 14

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence 1982-1984

4 15

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence regarding Walter Mondale's Campaign, 1982-1984

4 16

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence regarding Walter Mondale's Campaign, 1982-1984

4 17

Elections

Walter Mondale Correspondence

Correspondence regarding Walter Mondale's Campaign, 1982-1984

4 18

Elections

Walter Mondale Articles

Articles discussing Walter Mondale's campaign

4 19

Elections

Walter Mondale Speeches

Transcripts of speeches delivered by Walter Mondale

4 20

Elections

Walter Mondale Schedules

Lists of schdules for Walter Mondale's vists and trips

4 21

Elections

Ned McWherter

Fundraising for Ned McWherter campaign

4 22

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Outgoing correspondence, 1984

4 23

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Incoming correspondence, 1985

4 24

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Outgoing correspondence, 1985

4 25

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Incoming correspondence, 1986

4 26

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Outgoing correspondence, 1986

4 27

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Incoming correspondence, 1986

4 28

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Financial correspondence 1986

4 29

Elections

Ned McWherter Correspondence

Post-Campaign correspondence 1986-1990

4 30

Elections

Ned McWherter Articles

Newspaper articles relating to the Ned McWherter campaign

5 1

Elections

Ned McWherter Financing

General fundraising and contributor information

5 2

Elections

Ned McWherter Financing

Receipts

5 3

Elections

Ned McWherter Financing

Contributor correspondence and business pamphlets

5 4

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Surrogates

Potential surrogates to appear at events which Gore could not attend

5 5

Elections

Al Gore 1988- Tipper

Correspondence concerning Tipper Gore

5 6

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Press

Press correspondence and Daily Talking Points relating to Gore's 1988 campaign

5 7

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Schedules

Schedules and correspondence relating to Al Gore's campaign

5 8

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Schedules

Schedules and correspondence relating to Al Gore's campaign

5 9

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Primaries

Lists, correspondence, notes, campaign advice, etc. relating to upcoming primaries

5 10

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Contacts

Telephone contact lists for Al Gore's campaign

5 11

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Endorsements

1930–1955; Clippings on education and teaching in the United States

6 1

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Staff Lists

Correspondence and staff lists

6 2

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Finance

Donor lists, articles and correspondence relating to campaign finance

6 3

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Super Delegates

Senator lists and lists of superdelegates by state

6 4

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Finance

Contact lists and economic information

6 5

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Finance

Lists of potential donors

6 6

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Delegates

Correspondence, schedules, and demographics regarding delegates

6 7

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Super Delegates

Delegate lists and endorsement lists, articles and correspondence relating to super delegates

6 8

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Super Delegates

Forms of politicians Gore or his staff need to connect with

6 9

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Super Delegates

Correspondence regarding superdelegate procedures

6 10

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Opposing Candidates

Correspondence, lists, and articles concerning opposing candidates

7 1

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Convention Planning

Correspondence and schedules relating to planning for the Democratic National Convention

7 2

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Convention Planning

Correspondence regarding Al Gore's speech at the Democratic National Convention

7 3

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Correspondence

Correspondence relating to Al Gore's 1988 campaign

7 4

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Supporters

Correspondence, lists, and notes of contact information of supporters

7 5

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Convention Staff

Correspondence, staff lists, and notes regarding Democratic National Convention

7 6

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Convention

Correspondence, personnel lists, maps, and information regarding Democratic National Convention

7 7

Elections

Al Gore 1988 Convention

Correspondence and schedules regarding Democratic National Convention

7 8

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Convention

Schedules and notes relating to the Democratic National Convention
7 9

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Convention

Correspondence, reservation forms, lists, etc., for the Democratic National Convention

7 10

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Convention

Staff notebook containing phone numbers, maps, hotels, seating, restaurants, etc

7 11

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Convention

Budgets and correspondence regarding budgets for the Democratic National Convention

7 12

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Convention

Catering lists from the Georgia World Congress Center

7 13

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Congressmen

List of 100th Congress of the United States House of Representatives

7 14

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Endorsements

Forms with names of congressmen and their contact information and political endoresments

7 15

Elections

Albert Gore 1988 Endorsements

Forms with names of congressmen and their contact information and political endoresments

8 1

Elections

Albert Gore 2000 Super Delegates

3 packets of "Super Delegates Status Report" and 1 page of shorthand notes

8 2

Elections

Albert Gore 2000 Finances

Correspondence and attachments, mainly "thank you" letters for donations

8 3

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Finances

Correspondence and donor lists from Gore's 2000 presidential campaign

8 4

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Finances

Correspondence and donor lists from Gore's 2000 presidential campaign

8 5

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Finances

Correspondence and a contributor list

8 6

Elections

Al Gore 2000

Correspondence, donor lists, copies of articles, Congressman lists, news releases, email, reception invitation, fact sheet, Guidelines for Volunteer Fundraisers

8 7

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Endorsements

Lists of Congressmen and Congressmen who have supported Al Gore

8 8

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Fundraising

Fundraising lists, correspondence, and donor forms

8 9

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Fundraiser Packet

Correspondence, guidelines, campaign literature, etc. related to fundraising for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign

8 10

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Fundraising

Lists of potential donors, correspondence, and notes on fundraising procedures and amounts

9 1

Elections

Al Gore 2000 Fundraising

Correspondence, donor lists, etc. relating to fundraising for Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. Some letters have 2 copies- first a photocopy and then an original later on

9 2

Elections

Fundraising- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee members debt lists

9 3

Elections

Fundraising- Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Correspondence and lists associated with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

9 4

Elections

1992 Presidential Candidates

Newspaper articles relating to 1992 campaigns

9 5

Elections

1992 Presidential Candidates

Newspaper articles and correspondence relating to 1992 campaigns

9 6

Elections

Newspaper Articles

Copies of newspaper articles relating to elections and politics, 1986-1988

9 7

Elections

Newspaper Articles

Copies of newspaper articles relating to elections and politics, 1987

9 8

Elections

Newspaper Articles

Copies of newspaper articles relating to elections and politics, 1987-1997

10 1

James C. Free Articles

1980s Elections

Paper drafts and maps by James C. Free relating to elections in the 1980s

10 2

James C. Free Articles

1982

Correspondence, newspaper articles, and drafts relating to political events in 1982

10 3

Ephemera

Tony Coelho Photographs

2 photographs from Tony Coelho to Jim Free

10 4

Ephemera

Walter Mondale Photographs

3 photographs from Walter Mondale duck hunting trip

10 5

Ephemera

Buttons

9 campaign buttons, removed to museum storage

10 6

Ephemera

Forms and Notes

Forms, notes and calenders from campaigns in the 1980s