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Political files 1972-1997 [series] (2.9 linear feet)

The Political files series (2.9 linear feet) consists of two chronological subseries, "1978-1982" and "1983-1997."

 
1978-1982 [subseries]

The 1978-1982 subseries is divided into three sub-subseries (Clippings, Constituent correspondence, and Campaign business). This subseries contains materials relating to Tisch's tax cut campaigns in 1978, 1980, and 1982 and his 1982 campaign for governor. The fullest documentation relates to the 1980 tax cut campaign ("Tisch II").

 
Clippings

The Clippings sub-subseries is comprised of clippings from the Michigan Press Reading service. These clippings, spanning the months of July to November of 1980, provide a detailed account of the Tisch II campaign process. They are supplemented by the "Personal Clippings" that Tisch collected himself or had sent to him by friends and constituents. The Personal Clippings file also contains clippings on the earlier and later campaigns, some with handwritten notes or underscoring by Tisch on important points he wished to highlight. Some material in this file is undated and unsourced, but is kept because of its informative or colorful content. Also included in the file is a photograph showing Tisch in front of the Capitol building in Lansing. This photographs accompanies an article entitled "Tisch's Tax Cut Plan Keeps Politicians on Defense," from the London Free Press, dated December 29, 1981.

 
Michigan Press Reading Service July-November 1980
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July 8, 1980-September 5, 1980
Box   1  
September 5-17, 1980
Box   1  
September 18-26, 1980
Box   1  
September 27-30, 1980
Box   1  
October 1-2, 1980
Box   1  
October 3-6, 1980
Box   1  
October 7-8, 1980
Box   1  
October 9-11, 1980
Box   2  
October 12-14, 1980
Box   2  
October 15, 1980
Box   2  
October 16-19, 1980
Box   2  
October 20-22, 1980
Box   2  
October 23-26, 1980
Box   2  
October 27-28, 1980
Box   2  
October 29, 1980
Box   2  
October 30, 1980
Box   2  
October 31, 1980
Box   2  
November 1-21, 1980
 
Personal clippings
Box   3  
1978-1979
Box   3  
February-September 1980

(includes extensive biographical article from the Lansing State Journal, September 14, 1980)

Box   3  
October-December 1980
Box   3  
1981
Box   3  
Photograph: Robert Tisch in front of State Capitol Building 1981

(accompanies the article entitled "Tisch's Tax Cut Plan Keeps Politicians on Defense," from the London Free Press December 29, 1981, page A10)

Box   3  
1982
Box   3  
Undated, circa 1980-1982
 
Constituent correspondence

The Constituent correspondence sub-subseries consists mainly of letters of support from constituents. There are also some letters from schoolchildren requesting political and biographical information for school projects, which Tisch supplies. The files consist mainly of incoming correspondence.

Box   3  
1980
Box   3  
1981-1982

(includes autobiographical sketch)

Box   3  
circa 1980-1982
 
Campaign business

The Campaign business sub-subseries is a grouping of items pertaining to Tisch's tax cut campaigns. Within this sub-subseries, the Administrative papers files contain the bulk of the material, including official correspondence, meeting minutes, ballot proposals, and speeches. In addition, although most of the political posters and flyers are located in the Memorabilia series, some were originally interspersed among the rest of the campaign business and so are left there. Also included in the Administrative papers file is one folder with a small number of items from 1976.

The Press releases file contains press releases put out by a public relations firm on the Tisch campaigns spanning from 1980 to 1981. The Lawsuits file is comprised of materials relating to two lawsuits in which Tisch was involved. In the first one, dating from September 1980, Tisch was one of the defendants in a suit filed by Michigan State University law professor and political activist Zolton Ferency. The suit challenged the validity of the petitions that had been circulated for the Tisch II tax cut proposal and furthermore contested the constitutionality of Tisch II according to the Michigan state constitution. The second lawsuit, which Tisch filed against Governor Milliken and others, dates from October of 1980 and concerns the illegal use of state funds to attack the Tisch proposal.

The Political cartoons file is an assembling of editorial cartoons, most of them from the Detroit News, relating to Tisch or his proposals. Most but not all of these cartoons can also be found dispersed among the Clippings files, sometimes along with the editorial article that originally accompanied the cartoon. Also included in the file is the signed original of a cartoon by News staff cartoonist Draper Hill.

 
Administrative papers: official correspondence, minutes, ballot proposals, speeches 1976, 1978-1982 (7 folders)

(includes some material from 1976)

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1976, 1978-1979
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February-August 1980
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September-December 1980
Box   3  
circa 1980
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1981
Box   3  
1982
Box   3  
circa 1981-1982
Box   3  
Press Releases 1980-1981
Box   3  
Speech drafts undated

(handwritten speech drafts and notes)

Box   3  
Lawsuits: includes correspondence, official complaint documents, and transcripts, and some clippings 1980-1981

(1. Zolton Ferency vs. Richard Austin, George Herstek, Department of State, Board of State Canvassers, Tisch Coalition for Property Tax Cut in Michigan, Inc., 2. Robert Tisch et al. vs. Governor Milliken et al.)

 
Political cartoons
Box   3  
Newspaper copies 1980-1982

(many of these are also dispersed throughout the Clippings files)

Oversize Folder   UAm  
Signed and framed original by Detroit News cartoonist Draper Hill May 24, 1981
 
1983-1997 [subseries]

The second subseries of the Political files series is "1983-1997." It contains material from what could be considered the latter part of Tisch's political career, in which he stopped his active campaigning for specific tax cut proposals and worked on the organization and promotion of his own independent political party, Tisch Independent Citizens for Michigan (later the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan). The 1983-1997 subseries parallels the earlier subseries in its basic arrangement, with division into Clippings and Campaign business sub-subseries. Additionally, this subseries contains an Obituaries and eulogies file for Robert Tisch.

The Drain Commission file within the Clippings sub-subseries contains articles relating to Tisch's work with the commission; in particular, these articles relate to youth corps work in Shiawassee County. This file also contains a photograph of Tisch and other Drain Commission staff, including his daughter.

In the Campaign business sub-subseries will be found the Michigan Taxpayer, the newsletter of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan. It was begun by Robert Tisch and Joe Sanger, a longtime Tisch supporter and aide. Sanger continued to publish the newsletter after Tisch's death, with issues running through November 1998, that being the final regular issue. (In fact, Tisch's actual role in the publication of the newsletter, beyond that of "founder," is somewhat unclear.) In the October 1997 issue, Sanger wrote a eulogy to Tisch which is included here and in the Obituaries and eulogies subseries.

 
Clippings
Box   3  
1983-1997
 
Drain Commission 1984, undated
Box   3  
Clippings 1984, undated
Oversize Folder   UAm  
Photograph: Tisch and Drain Commission staff, including Tisch's daughter on right 1981
 
Campaign business
 
Administrative papers 1983-1997

(chiefly correspondence)

Box   3  
1983-1989
Box   3  
1990-1992
Box   3  
1993-1997
Box   3  
circa 1990s
Box   3  
Biographical papers

(includes resumes, clippings)

Box   3  
Michigan Taxpayer Newsletter 1995-1998
 
Obituaries and eulogies
Box   3  
Miscellaneous 1997
 
Memorabilia [series]

The Memorabilia series (0.1 linear feet) consists of political memorabilia mainly from the period 1978 to 1982 but also has items from 1983 to 1997. Among the items are campaign signs and flyers, stickers, buttons (removed to the library's campaign button collection), and a license plate. Also included are sample ballots. Photocopies of two memorial plaques to Tisch from December 1997 are among the later items. The original plaques are retained by Tisch's widow, Bethel Tisch. In addition, this series contains political ads or drafts of ads that Tisch and his supporters composed for the 1980 campaign.

Box   3  
1978-1982
Box   3  
1983-1997

(includes award from U.S. Taxpayers Party)

Box   3  
Political ads 1980

(includes drafts of ads that Tisch composed from newspaper clippings he had compiled and edited, and some opposition ads)