You Can't Have a Presidential Campaign Without Campaign Buttons

Ken Hubbard donated his collection of presidential campaign buttons to Duke University Libraries


In this 2016 video, former Trustee Ken Hubbard, Duke alum ('65), reflects on the lessons that can be learned from his massive collection of presidential campaign buttons. Hubbard recently donated his collection spanning from 1840 to 2012 to Duke's Rubenstein Library.

Winners and losers alike are part of the collection. The pennants, shields and shiny disks that also evoke the moods of the election years when they were worn: "Franklin D. Roosevelt-A Gallant Leader" and "Geeks for Dean" tell us more than just who was running for president. 

For more information about the collection, visit