Lenore LaFount Romney Papers: 1960-1974 (bulk 1962-1970)
Summary Information
Title: Lenore LaFount Romney Papers
Creator: Romney, Lenore LaFount.
Inclusive dates: 1960-1974
Bulk dates: 1962-1970
Extent: 10 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize volume
Extent: 10.2 GB (online)
Abstract:
Civic leader, wife of Michigan governor, George Romney, and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1970. Correspondence, political background files, speeches, and miscellanea largely concerning election of 1970; and campaign and speech files covering gubernatorial career of George Romney.
Call number: 852228 Aa 2; AC
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Lenore Romney (donor no. 5424) donated her campaign files in 1973-1974. Some of the audio-tapes were transferred over from the George Romney accession (donor no. 4703).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

The collection contains audio tapes from which digital copies have been made. Source tapes are for staff use only. Audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

Digitization: The Library has undertaken the digitization of a number of sound recordings within this collection. The resulting audio files are available for playback only in the Bentley Library Reading Room. Links to item images and additional information are available within this finding aid. Original sound recordings are only available for staff use.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Lenore LaFount Romney Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Lenore LaFount Romney was born in 1909 in Ogden, Utah. In 1931, she married George Wilcken Romney, who was later to become President of American Motors, Governor of Michigan and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. A well-respected and admired politician and public figure in her own right, Lenore Romney took an active role in state politics as Michigan's first lady. Both then, and later as wife of a cabinet secretary, she traveled widely, speaking on issues such as poverty, volunteerism, women's rights and the Vietnam War. She announced her candidacy for United States Senator from Michigan in 1969, running against Democratic incumbent Phil Hart. Romney was hampered in her campaign by her unpopular positions--she supported Nixon's stand on the Vietnam War--and her lack of a concrete platform--long on moral positions but short on specifics. At a time when there was just one woman in the U.S. Senate, her being in the race at all raised many eyebrows, especially given her husband's own political career. Many thought that she should let Mr. Romney wear the political hat in the family. Although her moral courage was widely admired, she was soundly defeated in November 1970. After the election, she continued to live in the public eye, speaking out on issues of concern to her, including volunteerism, women's rights, abortion, and the inverse relationship between morality and crime.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lenore Romney papers (1960-1974) include correspondence, speeches, and other materials relating to her official role as the wife of Governor George Romney. In addition, there are files that relate to her participation in the political campaigns of her husband and to her own campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1970.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Civic leaders -- Michigan.
  • Governors -- Michigan.
  • Governors' spouses -- Michigan.
  • Women in politics -- Michigan.
  • Women civic leaders -- Michigan.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1970.
  • Governors -- Michigan.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1961-1970.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Sound recordings.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Romney, Lenore LaFount.
  • Romney, George W., 1907-1995.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1970.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Romney, Lenore LaFount.
  • Romney, George W., 1907-1995.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Undated, 1962-June 1965 (26 folders)
Box   2  
July 1965-May 1967 (31 folders)
Box   3  
June 1967-April 1968 (25 folders)
Box   4  
May 1968-November 1968 (12 folders)
 
County Files (arranged alphabetically) [series]
Box   4  
Alcona to Jackson
Box   5  
Newaygo to Wayne 1962
Box   6  
Wayne to Wexford 1963
 
Topical Files 1962-1970 [series]
Box   6  
Cultural Activities
Box   6  
Governor's addresses
Box   6  
Education
Box   6  
Internal (office) papers
Box   6  
Japan addresses
Box   6  
Mental Health
Box   6  
Michigan Ophthalmology Society
Box   6  
Michigan Youth Commission
Box   6  
Mott Foundation
Box   6  
Needs of Children
Box   6  
Russia-Yesterday and Today
Box   6  
Russell Woods Association
Box   6  
Romney-Governor
Box   6  
Schedules 1963-1968 (5 folders)
Box   6  
Speeches (3 folders)
Box   6  
Talking Points
Box   6  
T.V. Programs
Box   7  
Women's Role
Box   7  
World Medical Relief
Box   7  
Women for Nixon-Agnew
Box   7  
Women for Romney (2 folders)
 
Biographical [series]
Box   7  
Biographical
Box   7  
Genealogical
 
Campaign for Senate 1970 [series]

The Campaign for Senate series includes position papers outlining the Romney campaign's platform as well as a well-researched investigation into the record of her opponent, Phil Hart. Included are newspaper clippings collected by the campaign staff for a scrapbook (which apparently was never compiled) detailing the candidate's life during the campaign.

 
Position Papers
Box   7  
Abortion
Box   7  
Capital Punishment
Box   7  
Crime
Box   7  
Department of Interior
Box   7  
Drugs
Box   7  
Economy
Box   7  
Education
Box   7  
Equal Rights Amendment
Box   7  
Farm Problems
Box   7  
Federal Assistance Program
Box   7  
Foreign Affairs
Box   7  
General
Box   7  
Population Control
Box   7  
Press
Box   7  
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Box   7  
Vietnam
Box   7  
Voting Age
Box   7  
Generic Letter Responses
Box   7  
Campaign Staff Lists
Box   7  
Press Information Kit
Box   7  
Staff Memoranda
 
Hart Record
 
1965-1970
Box   7  
Crime and Lawlessness
 
91st Congress
Box   7  
Overview
Box   7  
Subject Analysis
Box   7  
Key Votes
Box   7  
Legislation
Box   7  
Key Bills
Box   7  
Committees
 
Clippings
Box   7  
January-December 1970 (4 folders)
Box   7  
Scrapbook concerning senatorial campaign 1970

(1 oversize volume, AC, and loose pages)

 
Speeches [series]
 
Campaign speeches by issue
Box   7  
Aging
Box   7  
Consumerism
Box   7  
Drugs
Box   7  
Economics
Box   7  
Environment
Box   7  
Farming
Box   7  
Flag Day
Box   7  
Health Care
Box   7  
Housing
Box   7  
Miscellaneous
Box   7  
Mormons
Box   7  
Set Pieces
Box   7  
Volunteers
Box   7  
Women
 
Campaign speeches by date
Box   7  
1964-1969
Box   7  
Announcement of Candidacy June 1, 1969
Box   7  
May 1970
Box   7  
June-August 1970
Box   7  
September 1970
Box   7  
October-November 1970
Box   7  
1971-1972
 
Other Materials [series]
Box   7  
WJR Point Of View radio program 1974
Box   7  
Photographs
 
Clippings
Box   7  
1960-1963
Box   7  
1964
Box   7  
1967-1969
Box   7  
1971-1972
Box   7  
Undated
 
Audio-tapes [series] [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]

(7" except where indicated)

Recordings of speeches, interviews, and WJR Detroit radio program, "A Visit with Lenore Romney."

 
By date [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
Box   8  
LR, Birthday Party, Detroit undated [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (3-3/4 ips)
Box   8  
Lenore Romney interview 1962 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 ½ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-2-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Les Brown's orchestra, "Concert at the Woodside." Dr. Dick Hate, and Lenore Romney discussing the role of business in Michigan and class warfare.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney speech, Royal Oak Republican Women's Club 1962 May 01 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 3 ¾ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-3-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Inconsistent speed issues on this tape. Lenore Romney at a Royal Oak Republican Women's Club discussing the strength of citizen's movement.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney press conference 1962 June 05 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 ½ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-4-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Press Conference where Lenore Romney answers questions during George Romney's gubernatorial campaign.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney speech, Seventh-Day Adventists, Grand Ledge, Michigan 1966 August 03 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 3 ¾ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-10-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Grand Ledge Camp Meeting. Children singing "God Bless Our Governor." Includes sermons and services at Seventh-Day Adventist Church with musical performances from members of the congregation. Lenore Romney speech begins at 27:00.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney address, Women's Federation Convention, Kalamazoo, Michigan 1966 September 23 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 ½ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-11-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Lenore Romney's Keynote address to the Women's Federation Convention, Kalamazoo during the 1966 Gubernatorial Election.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney speech, International Convention of Christian Business Men's Committee, Detroit, Michigan 1966 October 01 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 5 inch, 3 ¾ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-12-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(In Cobo Hall, discussing moral and social issues relevant to society.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney interview, Lou Gordon Show 1967 April 16 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 5 inch, 1-7/8 ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-16-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Lenore Romney on the Lou Gordon discussing some of the aspects of being the First Lady of Michigan.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney speech, Midwest Governor Conference 1967 August [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 ½ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-19-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Interview with Lenore Romney on her relationship with her husband and her reactions to the situation following the Detroit Riot.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney interview with Bob Grant, KLAC 1967 August 03 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 5 inch, 7 ½ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-20-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Phone interview with Lenore Romney at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Being questioned on the subject of Romney's running for the Presidency.) [access item]
Box   8  
Lenore Romney speech, Kiwanis Club of Danville, Illinois 1968 June 06 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch, 7 ½ ips)
  Online  
[Part 1] ([852228-SR-22-1]) [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
(Lenore Romney speaking on the subject of juvenile crime and other issues.) [access item]
Box   8  
LR speech, St. James Methodist Church, Danville, Illinois June 6, 1968 [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.] (7-1/2 ips)
 
WJR radio program, "Visit with Lenore Romney" [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]

(most tapes are 7 inch and 7-1/2 ips)

Box   8  
January-April 7,1967 (11 reels)  [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
Box   9  
April 14, 1967-March 10, 1968 (38 reels)  [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]
Box   10  
March 24, 1968-December 15, 1968 (33 reels)  [Digitized audio files are only available in the Bentley Historical Library reading room on designated Bentley Library computers.]