Manuscript Collections - Charles A. McManus Jr. Papers


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Born June 4, 1927, Charles A. McManus Jr. left an administrative post at U.S. Steel to become a political consultant in 1959, working with Republican administrations and legislators to elect conservative candidates. McManus was associated for 16 years with Americans for Constitutional Action (ACA), working closely with ACA’s first leader, Admiral Ben Moreell, to promote political action based on ethics and religious faith.  When Moreell stepped down in 1965, McManus took the reins of ACA, introducing its signature tool, a rating of the voting records of members of Congress.  In 1966, McManus helped to create the Off the Record Club, a group dedicated to bringing together members of the Washington press corps, politicians and federal administrators in a non-confrontational environ.  In 1977, McManus was named the first director the PAC division of the Republican National Committee.  McManus retired from political consulting in 1991 and died November 8, 1995.


The papers document the political consulting career of Charles McManus. Materials include: articles, correspondence, reports, news releases, voting analyses, and books. Subjects include: Americans for Constitutional Action, Republican National Political Action Committee, and the Off the Record Club. Arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material. 


Box      Content

1          Americans for Constitutional Action
                     Articles, 1970-1973
                     Campaign 1979
                     Correspondence, 1975-1976
                     Expenditures for Senate Candidates, 1976
                     Information About, 1975
                     Meeting, 1976
                     Miscellaneous, 1967-1976
                     News Releases, 1971-1973
                     Notes, 1974
                     Reports, 1966
                     Reports – Annual, 1968-1974
                     Reports – Confidential, 1969-1974
                     House of Representatives, 1963-1989 (2 folders)
                     Miscellaneous, 1951-1988
                     Senate, 1957-1969

2                   Senate, 1970-1988 (2 folders)
            McManus, Charles
                     Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 1982
                     Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – Performance Appraisal,
                     Application, 1989
                     Campaign Contributions, 1987-1988
                     New Job, Small Business Association, 1990
                     Resume, 1987
            Off the Record Club, 1968-1977, 1980-1990 (9 folders)
            Photos, Autographed, undated
            Roll Call Votes in Congress, 1961-1969 (7 folders)

4          Roll Call Votes in Congress, 1971-1974 (2 folders)
            Roll Call Votes in Congress – Analysis of Voting Records, 1961-1975 (3 folders)
            Republican National Political Action Committee, 1977-1979

5          Republican National Political Action Committee – Business-Industry, 1978-1979
            Republican National Political Action Committee – Contributions, 1972
            Republican National Political Action Committee – Politikit, 1980
            Speech Kits, 1972-1974
            United States National Arboretum
                     Description, 1986
                     Proposals, Undated

6          Books
                     The Economics of Defense, 1971
                     Ervin, Sam J. and Clark, Ramsey, The Role of the Supreme Court, 1970
                     Federal Election Campaign Laws, 1976
                     Fishel, Jeff, Party and Opposition, 1972
                     Goldwater, Barry, The Conscience of a Majority, 1970
                     Luce, Phillip A., The New Left Today, 1972
                     Smith, Fred, The Growth and Decline of the New Deal, 1970

7          Analysis of the Voting Record in Congress, 1960 (Index Oversize Box)