Political Buttons

The Rothstein Political Buttons Collection

In 2012, Steven M. Rothstein generously donated his personal collection of 2,000 campaign buttons to the Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services. This rich collection represents state, local and national U.S. political campaigns from Calvin Coolidge to Barack Obama as well as important ballot initiatives and social issues. Mr. Rothstein, an accomplished nonprofit administrator and leader, led Citizen Schools and the Perkins School for the Blind before becoming the Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

We hope the digitized images and original source material, now accessible through VIA will be used for teaching classes on politics, government, U.S. and world history, and sociology as well as by scholars researching 20th century politics, electioneering, political Americana, and social, political, and cultural issues and movements of the 20th century.

Questions regarding this collection should be directed to Leslie Donnell, Director of Library & Knowledge Services.