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Regional Politics and Policies in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Political Parties Represented in SCARC

Young Democratic Club of Benton County

The Young Democratic Club of Benton County documents the activities and membership of an Oregon political organization during the 1936 presidential election. The collection consists primarily of correspondence to and from Karl T. Huston, president of the Young Democratic Club of Benton County, and state and national Democratic Party officials during the 1936 presidential election. The collection also includes membership lists. A search for "Young Democratic Club" on Oregon Digital yields several results, including subject files and documents from Young Democratic Clubs from across the state. 

College Libertarians

Established in 2002, the College Libertarians formed to promote the spirit of liberty by conducting outreach activities that are designed to expand our membership and to educate the Oregon State University student body about the libertarian political philosophy, ideas, solutions, party, candidates, etc. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "College Libertarians" on Oregon Digital yields several results, including mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of Libertarian groups at other Oregon universities. 

College Republicanstwo men sit at a table with a banner on the front for the OSU College Republicans

Formed in 1991, the College Republicans organized to promote conservative ideas and provide informational services for the benefit of the students of Oregon State University, surrounding community, and the state of Oregon. The organizations primary goals include promoting the election of Republican leaders into public office, and to further the conservative movement on the Oregon State University Campus. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "College Republicans" yields several results, including mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of Republican student organizations at other Oregon universities. 

Democratic Socialists of America

Established in 1981, the Democratic Socialists of America (also known as the New American Movement) is a democratic socialist-feminist organization which sponsors political education and encourages local political activity on a wide variety of progressive issues. Its principal goal is to increase political consciousness and activity on a grass-roots community and campus level of concern. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Democratic Socialists of America" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals, as well as mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities. 

Oregon State University Democrats

Formed in 1976, the Oregon State University Democrats organized to provide students with an opportunity to become involved in the political process, to provide national, state, and local Democratic organizations with a liaison at Oregon State University, to assist in the advancement of recognized student legislative goals, and to promote good campus, local, state, and federal government. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, SCARC holds an oral history interview with Caroline Wilkins, the former vice-chair of the Oregon Democratic Party and the National Democratic Committee in the 1960s and 1970s.  Finally, a search for "Oregon State University Democrats" yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals and mentions of similar organizations not associated with the university. 

Pacific Green Party

Formed in 1996, the Pacific Green Party (Young Pacificans) organized to educate the student population on socio-political and economic issues affecting them, to provide an open forum for the discussion of socio-political and economic issues, and to provide information on the Pacific Party and their candidates and to engage students in the political process. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Pacific Green Party" yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals, as well as mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities.

newspaper clipping titled "College Democrats: Club looking past election, planning further engagement"; the the background photo features 6 students gathered around a print newspaperCongress of Progressive Students

Formed in 1996, the Congress of Progressive Students organized to advocate for a progressive agenda on all social, economic, cultural, and political levels. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Congress of Progressive Students" yields some results, primarily mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

College Conservatives Association

Established in 1995, the College Conservatives Association was created to promote the conservative perspective on student, local, state, and national government matters, to work for students' rights endowed by the University, State and United States Constitutions, and to educated the student body on the principles of free market economics, limited government, individual responsibility and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "College Conservatives Association" yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university publications, as well as mentions of similar organizations at other Oregon universities. 

Campus Religious Liberals

Formed in 1981, the Campus Religious Liberals (formerly the College-Age Unitarians) formed to promote opportunities for students of any religious background to meet together to share and explore points of view on the interrelationships of society, interpersonal communication, religion, and theology. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. In addition, a search for "Religious Liberals" yields several results, many of them mentions of the organization in university periodicals. 

Republicans

Formed in 1972, the Republicans were absorbed into the College Republicans chapter after their dissolution in 1981. Information about the formation and administration of the student organization can be found in the Student Club and Organization Records. Additionally, a search for "Republicans" on Oregon Digital yields several results, many of them photographs and mentions of similar organizations across the state. 

Oregon Republican Party

Established in 1857 in the Oregon Territory, the Oregon Republican Party is a state affiliate of the larger U.S. Republican Party. Their most recently adopted party platform details the party's opposition to abortion, physician-assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and their support for the second amendment, mandatory minimum sentencing for violent offenders, the death penalty, lower taxes, government deregulation, and voter ID laws. SCARC holds a number of materials related to the Oregon Republican Party: Republican League Register, a Record of the Republican Party in the State of Oregon, 1896The Rise and Early History of Political Parties in Oregon, 1843-1868 (Walter Carleton Woodward), Proceedings of the First Three Republican National Conventions of 1856, 1860, and 1864, and The Republican Party Faces the Future (Charles A. Sprague).