Jerry Futrell Papers

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Title: Jerry Futrell Papers

Dates: 1980–1996

Creator: Jerry Futrell

Summary/Abstract: Jerry Futrell was a longtime friend and political supporter of Albert Gore, Sr. and Albert Gore, Jr. He also worked on Al Gore, Jr.'s 1988 Presidential campaign. The collection includes magazines, newspaper articles, photographs, campaign buttons, and other materials related to Al Gore Jr.'s 1988 Presidential campaign, as well as President Clinton's 1992 and 1996 Presidential campaigns.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 5 linear feet

Language(s): English

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

Restrictions on Access: In the correspondence series, there are contact lists with names and addresses of campaign supporters. This information may be restricted.

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), The Jerry Futrell Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Jerry Futrell, April 1, 2002

Processed By: Natalie Goodwin

Arrangement: These papers are arranged by series and sub-series.

Biographical Note: Jerry Futrell was a pharmacist from Carthage, Tennessee, and a friend of Albert Gore, Sr. and his family for over 35 years. He was also a supporter of Albert Gore, Jr. during his 1988 campaign for president, and he contributed money to Gore’s campaign, and spoke in interviews during the 1988 and 1992 campaigns. He also worked as a campaign organizer for Gore during the 1988 campaign, and he was appointed as a legislative adviser on the staff of Representative Lincoln Davis. As a longtime friend of the Gores, he collected correspondence, newspaper articles, and magazines from the 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. These documents are included in the collection. (Sources – A paper listing quotes from “The Washington Post” included in box 2; also a certificate appointing Futrell legislative adviser included in oversize folder 1)

Scope and Content: Records in the Jerry Futrell Collection range from 1980-1996. The bulk of the collection ranges from 1988-1992. The collection consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, and some contribution checks from citizens who supported Albert Gore, Jr.’s 1988 campaign. The first box of the collection consists of correspondence between Al Gore and his supporters, as well as campaign materials. Magazines and newspaper clippings are in boxes two through four, and they cover the 1988 presidential campaign when Gore was a presidential candidate, as well as the 1992 campaign when Gore ran as vice-president with Bill Clinton. The remaining three boxes contain political memorabilia, including t-shirts, hats, canvas bags, and fans. Researchers who are interested in studying the presidential campaign of Al Gore in 1988 or the political campaign of Bill Clinton in 1992 will find this collection useful.

Series 1: Events (6 folders) (1987-1996) This series includes reception invitations, letters, and memos for the 1993 Presidential Inauguration. There are also letters, memos, and invitations for the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Democratic National Conventions. The series also includes one folder with a Finance Council Itinerary and a flyer for the Red Boiling Springs Folk Medicine Festival on June, 27, 1987.

Series 2: Correspondence (10 folders) (1987-1988) This series includes letters and memos between Albert Gore, Jr. and Jerry Futrell. There are also photocopies of checks sent by campaign supporters, as well as contact lists for people who participated in the 1988 presidential campaign for the Democratic Party. There are also letters from Hank Hillin who wrote a biography about Albert Gore, Jr.

Series 3: Campaign Materials (5 folders) (1987-1992) This series includes a campaign speech by Albert Gore, Jr. in June 1987 as well as campaigning schedules. The collection also includes fliers and campaign donation cards from the 1988 presidential campaign, and postcards for the 1992 presidential campaign.

Series 4: Photographs (2 folders) (1988-1992) This series contains one folder with photocopies of photographs from the 1988 campaign. There is a second folder with photographs from the 1992 presidential campaign with Bill Clinton and Al Gore. There are also some photographs of Bart Gordon and other local politicians in the collection.

Series 5: Politics (3 folders) (1992-1993) This series contains a copy of the Regional Organized Crime Information Prospectus which discusses crime prevention. Also included is a copy of President Clinton’s Economic Plan, as well as papers on NAFTA’s provisions and labor and environmental cooperation agreements.

Series 6: Publications (35 folders) (1970; 1985-1998) This series includes magazines which contain articles about President Gore’s 1988 Presidential Campaign, as well as magazines which contain articles from President Clinton’s 1992 Presidential Campaign. Some of the magazines included are “People,” “Good Housekeeping,” “Southern Magazine,” and “Tennessee Illustrated.” The magazines cover 1985-1992. There is one copy of the “Safety Service” from May 1970. There are also two additional boxes of newspaper articles dated 1984-1998. The bulk of these newspapers are dated 1987-1988 and 1992-1993. They cover the 1988 and 1992 Presidential Campaigns, as well as President Clinton’s first Presidential Inauguration.

Series 7: Political Memorabilia (3 Boxes) (Date) This series Includes t-shirts, hats, canvas bags, fans, campaign buttons, and other memorabilia related to Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign.

Associated Materials: Oversized Materials (2 folders): These are items that were too large for smaller boxes, and they will be stored separately although they are part of the Futrell collection. These items are a
Legislative Adviser Certificate: Jerry Futrell received this certificate upon appointment as Legislative Adviser on the staff of Representative Lincoln Davis, May 21 (year not listed), and a 1988 campaign poster for Al Gore, Jr. labeled “Al Gore ’88 President.”

Extra Materials: These are pamphlets for the Democratic National Convention of 1988. They contain reports of the Rules Committee, Platform Committee, and the Credentials Committee. Also included are the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party. These records are located in box 2.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Jerry Futrell
Al Gore
Bill Clinton
Michael Dukakis
George Bush, Sr.
Lincoln Davis
Bart Gordon
Hank Hillin

Places
Tennessee
Carthage, TN
Atlanta, GA

Subjects (General)
Presidential campaigns
Democratic National Convention
Democratic Party

Material Types
Newspaper clippings
Magazines
Correspondence
Pamphlets
Bank statements

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Sub-series

1

1

Events

1993 Inauguration

1

2

Events

1993 Inauguration

1

3

Events

1988 Democratic National Convention

1

4

Events

1992 Democratic National Convention

1

5

Events

1996 Democratic National Convention

1

6

Events

Finance Council Itinerary/Folk Medicine Festival 1987

1

7

Correspondence

Letters/Memos/Contact Information

1

8

Correspondence

Letters/Memos

1

9

Correspondence

Letters/Memos

1

10

Correspondence

Letters/Memos

1

11

Correspondence

Contact List/Memos

1

12

Correspondence

Letters/Contact Information

1

13

Correspondence

Gore Biography by Hank Hillin

1

14

Correspondence

Campaign Checks (photocopies)

1

15

Correspondence

Letters/Campaign Checks (photocopies)

1

16

Correspondence

Letters/Memos

1

17

Campaign Materials

Fliers/Announcements

1

18

Campaign Materials

Postcards/News Releases

1

19

Campaign Materials

Campaign Cards/Brochures

1

20

Campaign Materials

Speeches/Announcements 1987

1

21

Campaign Materials

Overview of the 1988 Presidential Campaign

2

1

Photographs

Campaigning (photocopies)

2

2

Photographs

Campaigning

2

3

Politics

Regional Organized Crime Information Center Prospectus

2

4

Politics

NAFTA

2

5

Politics

President Clinton’s Economic Plan July 16, 1993

2

6

Publications

Newspaper Articles 1987-1991

2

7

Publications

Magazine Articles (photocopies) 1987-88

2

8

Publications

Good Housekeeping 1993; People 1992

2

9

Publications

Southern Magazine 1989 (photocopy); Nashville 1985

2

10

Publications

People Feb 4, 1985; Drug Topics May 1984

2

11

Publications

Tennessee Illustrated March/April 1989

2

12

Publications

US News Feb. 4, 1985; Washington Dossier Feb. 1985, Mar 1985

2

13

Publications

Magazine Articles 1988

2

14

Publications

New Republic Mar. 7, 1988, Dec. 26, 1988; Regardie’s Dec. 1987

2

15

Publications

Southern Magazine Dec. 1988

2

16

Publications

Time Oct. 1987, Apr. 1988, May 1988; Vanity Fair Mar. 1988

2

17

Publications

Southern Magazine May 1988; Safety Service May 1970

2

18

Publications

Southern Magazine June 1988; Vanity Fair Nov. 1997

2

 

 

Extra Materials in Box 2:
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention: Atlanta
88:1988 Final Call
Book: Official Proceedings of the 1988 Democratic
National Convention
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention:
Atlanta 88: The Charter and the Bylaws of the
Democratic Party of the United States as
Amended October 7, 1987
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention:
Atlanta 88: The report of the Rules Committee to
the 1988 Democratic national Convention
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention:
Atlanta 88: The Report of the Credentials
Committee to the 1988 Democratic National
Convention
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention:
Atlanta 88: The Report of the Platform
Committee to the 1988 Democratic National
Convention
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention:
Atlanta 88: Temporary Role of Delegates and
Alternates to the 1988 Democratic National
Convention
Pamphlet: Democratic National Convention:
Atlanta 88

3

 

 

This box contains newspaper articles and clippings about Albert Gore, Jr.’s 1988 Presidential campaign. Some of the articles also discuss President George Bush, Sr. and Michael Dukakis, who also ran for President in 1988. The majority of the articles are from “The Nashville Banner” and “The Tennessean,” although there are also a few articles from other state newspapers including “The Atlanta Journal” and “The Wall Street Journal.” The newspapers are arranged into folders by the following dates: 1984-1985, and 1987 (1988-1998 are in box 4).

4

 

 

This box contains newspaper articles and clippings about Albert Gore, Jr.’s 1988 Presidential campaign. Some of the articles also discuss President George Bush, Sr. and Michael Dukakis, who both ran for President in 1988. This box also contains newspaper articles and clippings about the 1992 Presidential Election and they cover President Bill Clinton’s campaign and election. The newspaper clippings come from various newspapers including “Dickson Herald,” “USA Today,” “Arkansas Democrat Gazette,” and “The Nashville Banner.” The newspapers are arranged into folders by the following dates: 1988, 1989-1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998, and undated articles. (Additional articles discussing Gore’s Senate campaign and Presidential campaign are in Box 3, and the dates are 1984-1985, and 1987.)

5

 

 

4 Albert Gore t-shirts
1 Bill Clinton t-shirt
1 plastic speaker labeled “Pop for Gore”
Small box containing a 1949 penny and a 1953
penny in silver frames labeled “Keep Me and
Never Go Broke”; also an Al and Tipper Gore
Kaleidoscope
2 small boxes of campaign buttons for Al Gore’s
1988 Presidential Campaign and Bill Clinton’s
Presidential Campaigns
2 Canvas Bags for the Clinton/ Gore Campaign of
1992

6

 

 

5 Baseball caps: “Tennessee Chicago ’96,” “Albert
Gore, Jr. for President 1988,” “Democratic Party
of Arkansas,” “Clinton Gore,” “Albert Gore, Jr.
Our next President”
Styrofoam hat: “President 1988 Albert Gore, Jr.”
45 RPM Record: “The Man Who Would Be B.B.
King”
2 Blue Boxes labeled: “Stouffer Mayflower Hotel” ;
they each contain a Presidential Inauguration
1993 Plate

7

 

 

4 cardboard fans
4 small boxes containing bumper stickers, key
chains, a license plate labeled “97th Congress,”
and 3 kaleidoscopes labeled “The Windy City,” “
’96 Chicago Convention,” and “ Cool Jazz Aug.
27, 1997”

Oversized

1

 

Legislative Adviser Certificate: Jerry Futrell received this certificate upon appointment as Legislative Adviser on the staff of Representative Lincoln Davis, May 21 (year not listed)

Oversized

2

 

Poster -- “Al Gore ’88 President”: 1988 campaign poster for Al Gore, Jr.