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Liddell-Westefeld Congressional Candidate Oral History Collection
MsC 864
Collection Dates: 1978 -- 2004

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research. The Blouin interview is under seal until April 27, 2014 .

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Acquisition and Processing Information: Gift of Chris Liddell-Westefeld, 2007.

Photographs: None









Scope and Contents

In Spring 2007, Chris Liddell-Westefeld, an undergraduate History student at the University of Iowa, interviewed eleven Iowans who had run, unsuccessfully, for U.S. Congressional seats, focusing on the reasons they had in standing for election and on their campaigns. This project was part of an independent study project overseen by Professor Shelton Stromquist. Liddell-Westefeld obtained releases from each interviewee and transcribed the interviews.  The first ten transcripts and release forms are in the first series of folders; the cassette tape recordings in the second series.

One interview, with Michael Blouin, candidate for Governor of Iowa in 2006, is restricted for seven years from the date of recording: it was not transcribed and is not available without Blouin’s written permission until April 27, 2014.

Box Contents List

Note: The following format follows the model: Folder number: content

1. Elaine Baxter. Challenged Representative Jim Lightfoot in 1992 and 1994.

2. Rick Dickinson. Ran for open House seat in 2006; defeated in the primary election by Bruce Braley.

3. Jean Lloyd-Jones. Challenged Senator Chuck Grassley in 1992.

4. Dick Myers. Challenged Representative Jim Leach in 1978.

5. David Osterberg. Challenged Senator Chuck Grassley in 1998.

6. Bob Rush. Challenged Representative Jim Leach in 1996 and 1998.

7. Art Small. Challenged Senator Chuck Grassley in 2004.

8. Steve Sovern. Challenged Representative Tom Tauke in 1980. Ran for open House seat in 1990; defeated in primary election by Eric Tabor.

9. Eric Tabor. Challenged Representative Tom Tauke in 1986 and 1988. Ran for open House seat in 1990; defeated in general election by Jim Nussle.

10. Rob Tully. Challenged Representative Jim Nussle in 1998.

11. Cassette recording of interviews with Baxter; Dickinson; Lloyd-Jones; Myers.

12. ----. Osterberg; Rush; Small.

13. ----. Sovern (2 tapes); Tabor; Tully    

14. Michael Blouin (challenged Chet Culver and others for Governor in 2006; lost in primary). This interview was not transcribed, and the recording is restricted until April 27, 2014.