Barack Obama Collection
Collection consists mainly of ephemera and photographs regarding the 2008 election, though there are newer and older items as well.
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The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the presidency in American history, he previously served in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004.
Obama was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988 Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he became a civil rights attorney and professor, and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. Obama received national attention in 2004, with his unexpected March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, Obama was nominated for president, a year after his campaign began, and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. He was elected over Republican John McCain, and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
During his first two years in office, Obama signed many landmark bills. Main reforms were the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as "Obamacare", shortened as the "Affordable Care Act", or abbreviated as the ACA), the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 served as economic stimulus amidst the Great Recession.
After winning re-election by defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013.
3 oversize folders
2 oversize folios
1 oversize box
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, unknown donors, 2008. Gift, unknown donor, 2012.
All items are in good condition.
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
- Ephemera (general object genre) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2008 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Presidents -- United States -- Election -- African Americans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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