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Subseries 6 contains correspondence, Christmas cards, invitations, newspaper clippings, and other records relating to Elsie Hillman’s friendships and personal interactions with President’s and their families.

Since the beginning of her political career Hillman maintained an interest and oftentimes, a relationship with the Republican Presidents. Working for the Eisenhower Campaigns in 1952 and 1956, there is a small amount of material on Eisenhower’s legacy, and a dinner program for an event held in his honor. Additionally, Hillman developed a friendship with President Gerald Ford and first Lady Betty Ford, after working to support him in his 1976 Presidential Campaign resulting in an exchange of letters and Christmas cards throughout the years.

The majority of this subseries is material detailing Elsie Hillman’s lasting friendship with the Bush family, in particular President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush. Hillman, a distant relative of George H.W. Bush, was an early supporter in his 1980 Presidential Campaign, instrumental in helping him defeat Ronald Reagan in the Pennsylvania Primary. Hillman continued to support Bush throughout his political career has remained a close friend of the former President and First Lady.

The section relating to the Bush family contains a large amount of correspondence between Hillman and various members of the Bush family, Christmas Cards, and invitations and announcements of numerous events.

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