Reference Material

References Out of Print

The following is a list of resources was updated on 5/3/2015 based on information compiled by APIC member Matt Dole. It may prove useful to those who collect political campaign memorabilia. Unfortunately, many of these resources are difficult to locate as they are now out of print.

  • Ackerman, Don L. and Mann, Jonathan H. That’s the Ticket: A Century of American Political Tickets. New York, NY: Railsplitter Press, 2012.
  • Albert, Alpheus H. Political Campaign and Commemorative Buttons. Boyertown, Pennsylvania: Boyertown Publishing Co., 1966.
  • Albert, Alpheus H. Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons. Bicentennial Edition. Hightstown, New Jersey: O'Donnell Publications, 1976.
  • Almquist, Eldon and Crain, Chris. The Political Collectibles of Richard M. Nixon. Nixon Political Items Collectors, 1989.
  • Arman, David and Linda. Anglo-American Ceramics: Transfer Printed Creamware and Pearlware for the American Market 1760-1860. Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Oakland Press, 1998.
  • Baker, W. S. Medallic Portraits of Washington. Philadelphia: Robert M. Linsay, 1885. Reprinted as Rulau-Fuld, 1985.
  • Bristow, Dick. The Illustrated Political Button Book. Fourth Edition. Author, 1973.
  • Bristow, Dick. Presidential Campaign Items 1970-1892. Author, 1973.
  • Brown, Joe. “If Elected…” Presidential Campaign Memorabilia Illustrated from the Collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland, OH: 1992.
  • Buhle, Paul and Sullivan, Edmund B. Images of American Radicalism. Hanover, Massachusetts: Christopher Publishing House, 1998.
  • Collins, Herbert R. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth 1775 to the Present. Washington: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979.
  • Collins, Herbert R. Political Campaign Torches. United States National Bulletin, Paper 45. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1964.
  • Colt, Robert E., Mushlin, Barry, Sullivan, Edmund B. Campaigning with James Michael Curley. Hanover, MA: Christopher Publishing House, 2000.
  • Crew, Danny O. Presidential Sheet Music: An Illustrated Catalogue of Published Music Associated With the American Presidency and Those Who Sought the Office. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publications, 2001.
  • Crew, Danny O. Suffragist Sheet Music: An Illustrated Catalogue of Published Music Associated with the Women's Rights and Suffrage Movement in America, 1795-1921, with Complete Lyrics. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publications, 2002.
  • DeWitt, J. Doyle. A Century of Campaign Buttons: 1789-1889. Hartford, Conn.: privately printed, 1959. Revised as Sullivan, 1982.
  • Dusterberg, Richard B. The Official Inaugural Medals. 2nd ed. Cincinnati, Ohio: Medallion Press, 1976.
  • Fischer, Roger A. Tippecanoe and Trinkets Too: The Material Culture of American Presidential Campaigns, 1828-1984. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988.
  • Fischer, Roger A. The APIC Brummagem Project. The Keynoter, Vol. 85, Nos. 3 and 4.
  • Florey, Kenneth. Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publications, 2013.
  • Ford, Marian A. Project '68: The presidential election of 1968 as seen through campaign pins. American Political Items Collectors, 1971.
  • French, Tom. The 1972 Campaign in Buttons. Capitola, California: author, 1973.
  • Fuchs, Ronald W. II, Halfpenny, Patricia A., Teitelman, Robert S.  Success to America: Creamware for the American Market. Suffolk, UK, 2010.
  • Fuld, George and Melvin. Patriotic Civil War Tokens. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1991.
  • Gardner, Bonnie C. and Goldberg, Harvey E. The Political Items of John F. Kennedy. APIC Chapter-Kennedy Political Items Collectors, 1980.
  • Gardner, Bonnie et al. The Campaign Items of Robert F. Kennedy. APIC Chapter-Kennedy Political Items Collectors, 1982.
  • Goldberg, Harvey. J.F.K. Book II, A Supplement to the Original Campaign Items of John F. Kennedy. APIC Chapter-Kennedy Political Items Collectors, 1992.
  • Goldberg, Harvey. Kennedy Ribbons, A Guide for Collectors. Clark, New Jersey: KPIC Publications, 1988.
  • Gores, Stan. Presidential and Campaign Memorabilia. Des Moines: Wallace-Homstead Book Company, 1982.
  • Gunzberger, Ron. Politics1 Directory of Governors Candidates. Accessed June 2014.
  • Gunzberger, Ron. Politics1 Directory of US Senate Candidates. Accessed June 2014.
  • Gunzberger, Ron. Politics1 Directory of US Congressional Candidates. Accessed June 2014.
  • Greenhouse, Bernard L. Political Postcards 1900-1980: A Price Guide. Syracuse, NY: Postcard Press, 1984.
  • Hake, Theodore. Hake's Guide to Presidential Campaign Collectibles: An Illustrated Price Guide to Artifacts from 1789-1988. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead Book Company, 1992.
  • Hamilton, Charles and Ostendorf, Lloyd. Lincoln in Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963. Reprinted by Morningside Bookshop, 1985.
  • Israel, Fred L. et al. Running for President: The Candidates and Their Images, 1789-1896; 1900-1992(2 Volume Set). New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  • Kahler, James G. Hail to the Chief: An Illustrated Guide to Political Americana. Princeton, New Jersey: The Pyne Press, 1972.
  • Klamkin, Marian. American Patriotic and Political China. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973.
  • Klapthor, Margaret Brown. Official White House China. New York, NY: Harry Abrams, 1999.
  • Kobbe, Gustav. Presidential Campaign Medals. Originally published in Schribner’s Magazine; reprinted in booklet form by APIC member Charlie McSorley.
  • Koplinski, Brad. Hats in the Ring: Conversations with Presidential Candidates.  Washington, D.C.: Presidential Publications, 2004.
  • Krohn, Edward. Noble's Catalog and Price Guide of National Political Convention Tickets and Other Convention Ephemera. North Miami, Florida: Noble Publishing, Inc., 1996.
  • Krohn, Edward. Democratic National Convention Ticket Catalog and Price Guide. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2009.
  • Krohn, Edward. National Political Cnveniton Ribbon Badges Catalog and Price Guide. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2008.
  • Krohn, Edward. Richard Nixon Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2013.
  • Krohn, Edward. John F. Kennedy Cover Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2013.
  • Krohn, Edward. Bill Clinton Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2012.
  • Krohn, Edward. Dwight D. Eisenhower Cover Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2013.
  • Krohn, Edward. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2011.
  • Krohn, Edward. Gerald Ford Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2012.
  • Krohn, Edward. Harry S Truman Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2012.
  • Krohn, Edward. Jimmy Carter Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2012.
  • Krohn, Edward. Obama Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2009.
  • Krohn, Edward. Presidential Autographed Covers: Inc. Cabinet Members, Family, others. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2009.
  • Krohn, Edward. Ronald Reagan Philatelic Catalog. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2011.
  • Krohn, Edward. State Governors’ Inauguration Memorabilia Programs, Tickets, Invitations Catalog and Price Guide. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2012.
  • Krohn, Edward. Noble’s Catalog of Cacheted Presidential Inaugural Covers: Harrison Through Obama. 5th Ed, 2 vols. orth Miami, Florida: Noble Publishing, Inc.,  2010.
  • Krohn, Edward. White House Holiday Collectibles: Christmas cards and ornaments, Easter Eggs, Holiday Programs, Laminated Press passes for foreign trips. Gainesville, FL: Author, 2009.
  • Landau, Barry H. The President’s Table. New York, NY: Harper, 2011.
  • Larsen, Ellouise B. American Historical Views on Staffordshire China. New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1939. Reprinted by Dover Publications, 1976.
  • Lawrence, Vera Brodsky. Music for Patriots, Politicians and Presidents. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1975.
  • Levine, H. Joseph. Collectors Guide to Presidential Inaugural Medals and Memorabilia. Danbury, Connecticut: Johnson & Jensen, 1981.
  • Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2012.
  • Lorant, Stefan. The Glorious Burden: The American Presidency. 2nd Ed. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1969.
  • Low, Lyman. Catalogue of Hard Times Tokens Issued for and Against the United States Bank. Boston: T. R. Marvin and Sons, 1886. Rev. 1899. Revised as Rulau, 1981.
  • Marsh, Tracy H. The American Story Recorded in Glass. Minneapolis: privately printed, 1962.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall College Division, 1989.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts: 1789-1983. New York, NY: Free Press, 1982.
  • Mayhew, Aubrey. The World's Tribute to John F. Kennedy in Medallic Art. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1966.
  • Melden, Keith. Hail to the Candidate: Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.
  • Miles, William. The Image Makers: A Bibliography of American Presidential Campaign Biographies. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1995.
  • Miles, William. The People's Voice: An Annotated Bibliography of American Presidential Campaign Newspapers, 1828-1984. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1987.
  • Miles, William. Songs, Odes, Glees, and Ballads: A Bibliography of American Presidential Campaign Songsters. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1990.
  • Miller, Lillian B. et al. If Elected…Unsuccessful Candidates for the Presidency. Washington: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972.
  • Nappen, Dr. Enoch L. Warman’s Political Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2008.
  • Post, Robert C. ed. Every Four Years: The American Presidency. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1980.
  • Powell, Julie and Robin. Political Brummagem: An End of the Millennium Synopsis. Authors, 1999.
  • Rochette, Edward C. The Medallic Portraits of John F. Kennedy. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1966.
  • Rulau, Russell. Hard Times Tokens: A Complete Revision and Expansion of Lyman H. Low's Classic 1899 Reference. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1981. Revision of Low, 1899.
  • Rulau, Russell and Fuld, George. Medallic Portraits of Washington: An illustrated, priced revision of W. S. Baker's 1885 catalog of the coins, medals and tokens of the Father of His Country. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1985. 2nd ed. 1999.
  • Schneider, Stuart L. Collecting Lincoln. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1997.
  • Schornstein, Fred. Bryan Money. Lake Mary, Florida: Token and Medal Society, Inc., 2001.
  • Seeley, Mary Evans. Season's Greetings from the White House: The Collection of Presidential Christmas Cards, Messages and Gifts. New York: MasterMedia, Ltd., 1996.
  • Sievert, William A. All for the Cause: Campaign Buttons for Social Change 1960s - 1990s. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: For Splash, Inc., 1997. 
  • Sigoloff, Marc. Collecting Political Buttons. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1988.
  • Schlesinger, Arthur M., and Israel Fred L. and Frent David J. Running for President : The Candidates and Their Images. 2 vols. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  • Sullivan, Edmund B. American Political Badges and Medalets 1789-1892. Lawrence, Mass.: Quarterman Publications, Inc., 1981. Revised edition of DeWitt, 1959.
  • Sullivan, Edmund B. Collecting Political Americana. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980.
  • Sullivan, Edmund B. and Fischer, Roger A. American Political Ribbons and Ribbon Badges 1825-1981. Lincoln, Massachusetts: Quarterman Publications, Inc., 1985.
  • Sullivan, Edmund B. Hell-Bent for the White House, Selections from the Museum of American Political Life, University of Hartford. Hartford, CT: University of Hartford, 1988.
  • American Goes to the Polls: Highlights of the Presidential Campaigns 1789-1964. Saint Paul, Minn.: Travelers Insurance, 1964.
  • Wagner, Dale E. American Campaign Graphics 1789-1972. Washington: Public Policy Research Associates, 1972.
  • Warda, Mark. Political Campaign Stamps.  Lake Wales, Florida: Galt Press, 1998.
  • Warda, Mark. 100 Years of Political Campaign Collectibles.  Lake Wales, Florida: Galt Press, 1996.
  • Warda, Mark. 200 Years of Political Campaign Collectibles.  Lake Wales, Florida: Galt Press, 2004.
  • Wearin, Otha. Political Americana. Shenandoah, Iowa: World Publishing, 1967.
  • Wright, Jordan M. Campaigning for President: Political Memorabilia from the Nation’s Finest Private Collection. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2008.
  • Zupnik, Marilyn. Presidential Challenge: A Multiple Choice Journey Through the Twists and Turns of American Presidential Elections. 2nd Ed. Excelsior, Minn.:  DLM Records and Books, 2008.

See below for APIC projects

Periodicals or Newsletters

  • Ackerman, Don L. An Online Newsletter for Lincoln Collectors.
  • Kelly, Michael. The Keynoter. Published quarterly for members of the American Political Items Collectors. Please view past Keynoter issues on this website.
  • Coup, Jeannine. The Bandwagon. Includes APIC newsletter. Published monthly.

Presidential Campaign Years

  • Project ‘68 edited by Marian Ford. (1971) - Copyright Marian Ford
  • Project ‘72 edited by Tom French
  • Project ‘76 edited by Larry Krug. (as Supplement to Keynoter) -Copyright APIC
  • Project ‘80 edited by Joe Wasserman. (As Supplement to Keynoter)

Locals Campaign Years

  • ALPIC Project ‘78 edited by David Quintin.
  • ALPIC Project ‘80 edited by David Quintin.
  • ALPIC Project ‘82 edited by David Quintin.
  • ALPIC Project ‘84 edited by David Quintin.
  • ALPIC Project ‘86 edited by Bill Cleveland.
  • ALPIC Project ‘88 edited by Bill Cleveland.
  • ALPIC Project ‘90 edited by Bill Cleveland.
  • ALPIC Project ‘92 edited by Bill Cleveland.
  • ALPIC Project ‘94 edited by Bill Cleveland.
  • ALPIC Project ‘02 edited by Trent LeDoux.

Candidate projects

  • Alton Parker/Henry Davis Project edited by XXX. (1971) -APIC Copyright
  • Adlai Stevenson Project edited by Erroll Leslie. (1977) -APIC Copyright
  • John Davis Project edited by Chick Harris. (Supplement to 1970 Keynoter)
  • Richard Nixon Project edited by Eldon Almquist. (Year)
  • The Sunflower Campaign: Landon/Knox edited by Gary Lundquist (year)
  • John Anderson Project edited by Jim Kotche (1981)

Chapter Projects

  • Cause Chapter Series “Black America” edited by Ted Watts (‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s as supplement to Keynoter)
  • Political Tabs: A Vanishing Breed 1888-1988 edited by Robert Warren (1988) - Copyright Bob Warren
  • Brummagem Project edited by Robin and Julie Powell (ongoing)
  • Bull Moose Newsletters on Third Party items edited by XXX. (Years) -Mark Warda has scan

Locals Projects by State

  • Candidates for Governor Alabama-Wyoming 1890-1970 edited by Marian Ford (1970)
  • Connecticut Project 1800-1978 edited by Rich Maxson (Year)
  • Florida Project edited by Richard Rector. (1988)
  • Illinois Project edited by Jim Kotche. (Year)
  • Iowa Project edited by Larry Brokofsky. (Year)
  • Michigan Project edited by Ken Bush. (Year)
  • New Hampshire Project edited by Steve Moore. (1988)
  • The Ohio Gang Project edited by Michael Meiring. (1990) -Copyright Meiring
  • Ohio Project edited by Ira Foreman. (1999) -Copyright Foreman
  • Oregon Project edited by XXX. (compiled 1980s-1990s)
  • Pennsylvania Project edited by XXX. (in the works)
  • Tennessee Project edited by Peggy Dillard. (1992)
  • Wisconsin Governors & Senators Project edited by Joe Brown and Carl Keller. (1989)

References In Print

Encyclopedia of Political Button Books I, II, and III by Ted Hake

Long time collector and APIC member #292, Ted Hake is the author of three indispensable reference books on political Americana.  These books show individual items photographed in black and white.  Each item has been assigned a code number that is used by collectors for reference.

The first book The Encyclopedia of Political Buttons 1896-1972 was originally issued in color, but is now only available in black and white.

In 2004, Hake created a revised price guide for all items in these books that is included when these books are purchased.

The three books are as follows:

Hake, Theodore. The Encyclopedia of Political Buttons 1896-1972. New York: Dafran House Publishers, 1974.

Hake, Theodore. Political Buttons: Book II, 1920-1976. York, Pennsylvania: Hake's Americana and Collectibles, 1977.

Hake, Theodore. Political Buttons: Book III, 1789-1916. York, Pennsylvania: Hake's Americana and Collectibles, 1978.

For more information about these books, go to

Congressional Quarterly Book

The Congressional Quarterly is a great resource for locating candidates who ran for the US Senate or US House of Representatives. This book can be located in your local library. This book is updated annually.

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