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Michael S. Dukakis papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z16-027

Content Description

Michael Stanley Dukakis was born of Greek immigrant parents on November 3, 1933 in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he still resides, as of 2002. He graduated from Brookline High School (1951), Swarthmore College (1955), and Harvard Law School (1960). Michael Dukakis married Katherine Dickson, known as Kitty, in 1963. They have three children, John, Andrea and Kara. Michael Dukakis served for eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1962-1970) before he lost a bid for lieutenant governor in 1970. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1974, but lost re-election in the Democratic Primary of 1978 to Edward King. Michael Dukakis defeated King in 1982 and was re-elected to an unprecedented third four-year term in 1986. A year after being voted the nation's most effective governor by his peers, he decided to run for president. Michael Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1988 but was defeated by incumbent Vice-President George Herbert Walker Bush. Michael Dukakis served his final two years as governor and went on to teach at Northeastern University and the University of California, Los Angeles. The collection consists of material related to Dukakis collected by Northeastern Professor R. Wayne Anderson as background material for a potential oral history of Dukakis. The majority are newspaper clippings related to the 1988 presidential campaign. Also included are 12 VHS cassettes of the 1988 Democratic National Convention and Electoral Conference. The collection is unprocessed. 46/4 Accessioned 2015 Sep 24.

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  • Creation: ca. 1970-1988


2 cubic feet (2 cubic feet in 2 record center cartons.)