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Subseries 1 contains correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to Elsie Hillman’s involvement in the presidential campaigns of Dwight D. Eisenhower. A supporter of Eisenhower from an early age, Hillman was an “Ike Girl” and volunteer during the 1952 Presidential Election. In 1956, she again campaigned for Eisenhower, operating an “Ikemobile” and had the opportunity to greet the President during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh in 1956. Also included in this subseries is correspondence relating to a prank that Ronald L. Becker Jr. played on Hillman, informing campaign planners that she was an “elderly spinster who has assumed the name of one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent families.”

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