Overview

Title: Barbara Vucanovich Records
Creator(s): Vucanovich, Barbara F., 1921-2013
Collection Number: 96-54
Dates (inclusive): 1982-1996
Physical Extent: 86.0 cubic feet (86 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Barbara Vucanovich records, 96-54. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/96-54-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Barbara Farrell Dillon Vucanovich was born in 1921 at Camp Dix, New Jersey. She attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in New York.

Vucanovich moved to Nevada in 1949 to obtain a divorce from her first husband. In Nevada she met and married Reno attorney Kenneth P. Dillon, who died in 1964, leaving her with five children to raise: Patty (who was the first woman elected Treasurer of the State of Nevada), Michael, Ken, Tom, and Susan. In 1965, Barbara married accountant George Vucanovich. She successfully owned and operated two businesses - a travel agency and an Evelyn Wood speed-reading franchise.

Vucanovich, a conservative Republican, became active in Nevada politics soon after her arrival in Reno. She served as president of the Republican Women's Club of Reno and as president of the Nevada Federation of Republican Women's Clubs. Paul Laxalt hired her in 1964 to run the northern Nevada campaign headquarters for his unsuccessful bid for Howard Cannon's seat in the U.S. Senate. She also helped manage Laxalt's successful campaign for Nevada governor in 1966 and for the U.S. Senate in 1974. After Laxalt's election to the Senate, Vucanovich managed his Reno office until her own entry into election politics.

Vucanovich was the first woman elected to a federal office in Nevada. She ran for and won, the second Congressional seat when it was created in 1982. She served until her retirement at the end of 1996.

Vucanovich served on the following House committees and subcommittees:

Appropriations Committee: Served on the full committee; Served on the following subcommittees: Interior; Military Construction (chair); and Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies. ?Interior Committee (now called Natural Resources Committee): Served on the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee as Ranking Minority Member; Served on the National Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee. Vucanovich was one of five Republicans on the board of the Commission on Presidential Debates, Secretary to the House Republican Conference, Conference secretary to the Republican Policy Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee. She was also a member of many House caucuses and conferences.

Vucanovich retired in 1996. Replacing her as Representative in Nevada's second Congressional District was Republican Jim Gibbons.

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Scope and Content

The papers have been divided into ten series based on the functions of the materials. The Appropriations Committee, Subject Files, and Legislative Files series are especially indicative of Vucanovich's interests and activities while in Congress. Those interests included military construction, military land withdrawal, the proposed nuclear storage site at Yucca Mountain, the use of public lands for mining and grazing, health care reform, breast cancer prevention, transportation (including the Union Pacific Railroad buyout of Southern Pacific Railroad), and wilderness area designations.

Between 1983 and 1996 Vucanovich sponsored or cosponsored many pieces of legislation. Series 6, Legislative Files, documents her record and included speeches and comments she made before committees and the full House, summaries of bills she sponsored or cosponsored, and her voting record. This series also includes material on the Republican Party's "Contract With America" and spells out terms of the contracts and their goals.

Also useful in documenting Vucanovich's congressional record is Series 8, Campaign Files. Files in this series include biographical sketches and outlines of her legislative record. Vucanovich commissioned professional polling firms to conduct surveys of voter attitudes in Nevada; the results are included in this series.

Occasionally, files were identified by the names of Vucanovich's staff members. The principal staffers included Michael Pieper (also spelled "Peiper" and "Piper" throughout the files), administrative assistant in Washington, D.C.; Dennis Parobek, legislative director; and Sarah Fowler, scheduler/office manager.

Restrictions

Use of these papers is no longer restricted except for any "sealed files" which will be made available for research five years after the donor's death. Researchers may make written application to the donor, or in the event of her death, the copyright owner to grant exceptions to this condition. Materials in "sealed files" are closed for a period to be determined by the donor, not to exceed twenty-five years.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Barbara Vucanovich in November and December 1996.

Separated Materials

These materials have been transferred to the photo archives section of the Special Collections Department.

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Arrangement

  • The records of Congressman Barbara Vucanovich have been divided into the following series: 1.Press Clippings and Releases 2.Appropriations Committee 3.Correspondence 4.Staff Files 5.Subject Files 6.Legislative Files 7.Commission on Presidential Debates 8.Campaign Files 9.Administrative Files 10.Photographs

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by staff, January 1997. Finding aid prepared by staff, January 1997. Finding aid revised by Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox, 2012. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 15, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Press Clippings and Releases, 1989-1996

This series contains press clippings of articles about Vucanovich which appeared in newspapers and magazines, press releases issued by her Washington D.C. or Nevada offices, newsletters compiled by her Washington office and intended for Nevada constituents, and some speeches made by Vucanovich. The bulk of the Congressman's speeches are filed in Series 6, "Legislative Files." Series I is organized first by type of material and then chronologically.

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Press clippings, 1989-1994
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2/S1
Press clippings, 1995-1996
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3/S1
Press clippings, Press releases, 1996, 1992-1994
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4/S1
Press releases, 1994-1995
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5/S1
Press releases, misc. clippings, speeches, newsletters, 1995-1996
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6/S1
Pre-1985 newsletters; press releases, 1991

Series 2: Appropriations Committee, 1991-1997

Vucanovich was a member of the House Appropriations Committee and served on the subcommittees for Interior; Military Construction (as chair); and on the Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Subcommittee. This series includes materials for each of those agencies. Each file might include reports, correspondence, and copies of proposed legislation. This series is arranged chronologically by Congressional year and then alphabetically by the name of the subcommittee. Note that because the year refers to the Congressional Session, there is material for 1997, even though Vucanovich retired at the end of 1996. Vucanovich's staff included at the beginning of each Congressional session, a list of subcommittees which she dealt with and her voting record.

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A-E, 1991-1992
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8/S2
F-V, 1991-1992
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9/S2
A-E, 1993
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10/S2
I-V, 1993
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11/S2
A-E, 1994
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12/S2
F-T, 1994
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13/S2
1994, T; 1995, A-C
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D-M, 1995
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T-V, 1995
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14/S2
1995, D-V; 1996, A-C
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15/S2
Commerce-F, 1996
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16/S2
I-N, 1996
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17/S2
T-V, 1996
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18/S2
A-Interior, 1997
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Interior-Legislative, 1997
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M-V, 1997

Series 3: Correspondence, 1982-1996

This series includes staff memos, letters sent by Vucanovich, correspondence from her Nevada constituents and co-signed letters. Co-signed letters are those signed by Vucanovich and other Congressmen or Senators, expressing support for an issue. Some co-signed letters are interfiled with the Legislative Series (Series 6). Arranged by recipient or sender and then chronologically.

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Letters to and from Vucanovich. Memos to BV from staff member Dennis, 1994-1995; Letters from BV, 1990-1995; Letters to BV: congratulations on re-election, 1988; memos from Dennis, 1994-1995; letters from constituents, 1990-1994
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22/S3
Letters from constituents, 1994-1996
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53-54/S3
Co-signed letters (contents located after series was boxed). Other co-signed letters are filed with Series VI., 1991-1992
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78/S3
Constituent letters. Also, congratulatory letters upon BV's first election. Box was located after series was arranged. Contents were not in folders when delivered to Special Collections and were subsequently foldered arbitrarily for ease of handling.)., ca 1983-1989

Series 4: Staff Files, 1985-1996

These materials were created by Vucanovich's Washington, D.C. staff and were divided into two sections. The first contains schedules for events attended by Vucanovich, including complete logistics and occasionally, speeches. The other section consists of subject files for the 104th Congress which appear to be similar to the Appropriations Files (Series 2) but which were clearly marked "staff files" and therefore, have been retained with this series. See also Series 5, "Subject Files" for related materials. Schedules are arranged chronologically; subjects files are arranged alphabetically.

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Schedule/events attended, 1985-1989
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24/S4
Schedule/events attended, Subjects, 104th Congress, A-C., 1990-1995
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25/S4
Subjects, 104th Congress, Health issues
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26/S4
Subjects, 104th Congress, Health issues, Medicaid
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27/S4
Subjects, 104th Congress, Health/Medicare-Housing
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28/S4
Subjects, 104th Congress, V-Welfare

Series 5: Subject Files, 1989-1996

Series 5 consists of subject files for those issues which were of particular interest to Vucanovich or which were dealt with by committees on which she served. The contents may include some correspondence, published and unpublished reports, or legislation. Arranged alphabetically with some disruptions: "Nevada Issues" and "Special Projects" are further subdivided by topic. See also Series 4, "Staff Files."

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Breast cancer, 1989-1993
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30/S5
Breast and prostrate cancer, 1994-1996
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31/S5
Breast and prostrate cancer; Communications/judiciary issues specific to Nevada
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32/S5
Communications/judiciary issues specific to Nevada
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33/S5
Campaign finance; Congress; Department of Defense
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34/S5
Department of Defense; Disaster assistance - rescissions; District of Columbia; Engineers, Army Corps of; Farm bill, 1995
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35/S5
Health care reform
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36/S5
Indian Gaming; Land issues - general
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37/S5
Land issues - general. See also Box 39
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38/S5
Medicare debate, "Task Force, general information from Jim's file cab.", 1995
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39/S5
Mining and grazing, general land issues. See also Box 37
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40/S5
Mining and grazing; and Nevada specific issues (boxes 40-45): Americorp; Business; Communications issue, 104th Congress; Education
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41/S5
Nevada specific issues: Education; Judiciary; Las Vegas Court House
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42/S5
Nevada specific issues: Military land withdrawal
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Nevada specific issues - military
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Naval Air Station, Fallon
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Nellis land withdrawal
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Frank Bender
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Hawthorne
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'95 rescissions - military
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Opfer
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Lake Mead Air
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Points of Light
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'95 Reconciliation (budget)
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Seniors
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Nevada specific issues: Social Security; Transportation
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45/S5
Nevada specific issues: Transportation; Travel; Voter Attitudes Survey; Vucanovich bills
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46/S5
Natural resources
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47/S5
Special Projects: Fallon housing; Farmers Home State Office in Reno; MASH Project, Las Vegas; Nellis Joint Venture Hospital - VA/DOD; NCAA legislation; VA Outpatient Clinic, VA Hospital, Reno
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Special Projects: Windsor Park Subdivision (sinking homes); White House Small Business Conference; Vucanovich Small Business Conference; HR662 - Business Meal Deduction; Las Vegas Court House; Misc. correspondence; Developmental disabilities; Paris Conference; Mirage [Hotel] dolphins
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49/S5
Special Projects: Superconductor; Scandals; Space Shuttle; Source Tax
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50/S5
Transportation projects, 1980s
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51/S5
Wages - minimum; Wilderness; Yucca Mt.
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52/S5
Yucca Mt.

Series 6: Legislative Files, 1983-1996

This series includes materials related to legislation that Vucanovich sponsored or co-sponsored. Included are her speeches and comments before committees and the full House, summaries of bills she sponsored, her voting record, information on the Republican "Contract With America," legislative briefs summarizing bills and making recommendations (compiled by her staff), bill files, and co-signed letters. This series is arranged into three subseries: 1) Speeches and Committee Statements, 2) Legislative Activity Guides (legislative profile containing member's personal voting record), and 3) Legislative Briefs and Digests. Arranged more or less chronologically within each subseries.

Subseries 6.1: Speeches, Statements, Misc

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Committee statements, 103rd & 104th Congresses; -Floor statements, 103rd and 104th Congresses; Accomplishments, 104th Congress; Bills sponsored by BV, 1983-1995; Vucanovich bill briefs, official vote records, 1995-1996; Corrections Day (BV chaired a task force to correct/repeal silly/outmoded federal laws); Bill profile files, 1995-1996
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55/S6/SS1
Contract with America

Subseries 6.2: Legislative Activity Guides (legislative profile, House Member's personal voting record)

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98th Congress (1983-84); 99th (1985-86); 100th (1987-1988)
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100th, 2nd session; 101st, 1989-1990; 102nd Congress: no documents from this Congress were received by Special Collections; 103rd, 1993-1994; 104th, 1st Session, 1995
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104th, 2nd Session, 1996; House Republican Conference vote justifications - 104th Congress, 2nd Session, 1996

Subseries 6.3: Legislative briefs and digests summarizing legislation and making recommendations for BV's vote. Issued weekly. Also co-sponsored legislation files. Arranged chronologically by Congressional and session number. No files for the 100th Congress were received by Special Collections.

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57/S6/SS3
98th legislative briefs and digests
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58/S6/SS3
98th Congress Digests, week of Oct. 17, 1983-week of Sept. 3, 1984
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98th Congress Digests. 98th Congress cosponsored bills., Week of Sept. 10-Oct. 9, 1984
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98th Congress cosponsored bills
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98th Congress cosponsored bills; 99th Congress, 1st session, bills
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62/S6/SS3
99th Congress, 1st and 2nd sessions, bills
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99th Congress, 2nd session, bills
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99th Congress, HR 2591
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65/S6/SS3
100th Congress - no files were transferred to Special Collections; 101st Congress, 1st session, bills with BV as prime or cosponsor
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101st Congress, 1st and 2nd sessions, bills; 102nd Congress, 1st session, bills
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67/S6/SS3
102nd Congress, 1st session
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68/S6/SS3
102nd Congress, 1st and 2nd sessions
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69/S6/SS3
102nd Congress, 2nd session
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102nd Congress, 2nd session; 103rd Congress, sessions not distinguishable
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72/S6/SS3
103rd Congress, cosigned letters, cosponsored bills
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73/S6/SS3
103rd Congress; 104th Congress
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104th Congress
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76/S6/SS3
104th Congress, cosigned letters

Series 7: Commission on Presidential Debates, 1987-1996

The nonpartisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to sponsor and produce presidential and vice presidential debates. Barbara Vuanovich served as a director on the Commission Board from 1987-1996.

The 1996 Commission, in addition to establishing dates and locations for the debates, was faced with the issue of whether third party candidates would be invited to participate in this forum. Their decision was to invite only candidates President Clinton and Senator Robert Dole on the basis that only those two had a realistic chance of being elected President of the United States.

This series includes materials related to the debates of 1987 and 1996; the majority of the papers date from 1995 and 1996. Included are correspondence, board agendas and minutes, a handbook of selection criteria, and presentations from third party candidates Ralph Nader and Harry Browne.

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1987 material; Correspondence, 1995-1996; Board agendas and minutes, 1996; Non-major party candidate selection criteria, 1996; Ralph Nader debate presentation, 1996; Harry Browne debate presentation, 1996

Series 8: Campaign Files, 1980-1994

This series contains materials created and used in Vucanovich's election campaigns for United States Congressman. Included are campaign evaluations, media scripts, office management files, working files, meeting notes, statements, lists of accomplishments, demographic analyses, and video and audio tapes prepared for campaign advertisements. Arranged chronologically by election year; audio tapes have been boxed separately and video tapes have been transferred to the photographic archives of the Special Collections Department. No materials are present for the 1982 campaign; material for the campaigns of 1984, and 1986 consists solely of voter attitude surveys.

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"Working Files", 1992
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Official BV record
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Abortion
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Debate [with Pete Sferrazza]
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Radio and T.V. buy
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T.V. scripts
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Radio scripts
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"Old Bag" comments by Sferrazza
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Direct mail
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Print ads
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Phones
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Questionnaires
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"Skancke"
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Fund raising - direct mail
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Team '92 meetings
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Coalition chairs
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Earned media
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Election stats
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Summary report: "Vucanovich for Congress", 1986
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Campaign by Mike Pieper
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Team '92
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National Republican Congressional Committee
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[Steamboat Ditch issue]
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Letters to BV
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Volunteer script
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Letterhead
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Direct mail
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Misc. [mostly letters to BV requesting campaign memorabilia]
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Vucanovich biographical sketch
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Letters [form letters]
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Letters to editor
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Campaign budget, 1992
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[Binder of Sferrazza and Vucanovich publicity, financial disclosure statements, pre-1980-1986]
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Campaign newsletter
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Telephone polls
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Surveys of Voter Attitudes, Nevada 2nd
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Congressional District, April & Sept. 1992
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Campaign Files, 1994
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Event fliers
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Record of accomplishments
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Republican Women, Summer-Fall 1994
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?Survey/questionnaire [contents do not correspond with folder label: included are letters and pleas from lobbyists, special interest groups], 1994
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Biographical sketch
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Letterhead
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Women's luncheon speech, Oct. 14, 1994
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"We the People" calendar, signed by BV
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Banner
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Publicity
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Press
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Scheduling
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Oversize campaign poster: "BV for Congress - Nevada's conservative voice" (filed in oversize manuscript mapcase drawer)
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Poster: photos of BV, "People back east don't understand why land and water are so valuable to us in Nevada..." Filed in oversize manuscript drawer
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Surveys of Voter Attitudes in the State of Nevada: 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990
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Audio tapes: campaigns, 1988, 1990, 1994 & no date

Series 9: Administrative Files, Circa 1992-1996

This series was received late in the processing of the collection; most of the materials came from Vucanovich's local Reno office. Because of the timing, this box was kept intact although there is some overlap with other series such as Correspondence and Campaigns. The original arrangement was retained.

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Scheduling 1995; Invitations 1995-1996; U.S. House of Representatives' employee payroll and benefits information; Personnel [job descriptions]; Correspondence; Eagle Scout congratulatory notes; Congratulatory letters, certificate; Press releases, 1996
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Vucanovich speeches, 1992-1996; Misc. press releases; Biographical sketch, introduction & thank you; Vucanovich's Nevada Legislature testimony, 4/1/93; Awards to BV; Watch Dog of the Treasury Award, 1994; Truckee Meadows Human Services Plan, 1992; Thousand Springs Power Plant; Speeches; 1984 campaign materia; Visitor registers (2); BV biography and list of accomplishments; Health Forum, July 7, 1993; Source taxes on pensions - BV sponsored leg. 1992; List of House Committees on which BV served, n.d.; Awards and certificates
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Plaques and memorabilia

Series 10: Photographs

This series includes photographs and video tapes of Vucanovich and campaign media pieces. These materials have been transferred to the photo archives section of the Special Collections Department.