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David and Elizabeth Scull papers


David and Elizabeth Scull papers
Scull, David and Elizabeth
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10.50 linear feet
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

David and Elizabeth Scull were a political couple who served Montgomery County and the state of Maryland from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. The largest group of files documents David Scull's tenure as chairman of the Montgomery County Republican State Central Committee (1958-1960) and as chairman of the Maryland Republican State Central Committee (1962-1964.) Considerable material also documents Scull's unsuccessful campaign for an at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives. David Scull's efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of William Scranton and his refusal to back Barry Goldwater after the Scranton initiative failed are documented as well. The remainder of the collection focuses on the Sculls' (particularly Elizabeth's) many civic activities, including their involvement in housing reform, the civil rights movement, and anti-pornography efforts. These files include materials documenting the Sculls' lengthy struggle to secure adequate housing for tiny African-American enclaves in affluent Montgomery County. Also included are records relating to the Montgomery County Human Relations Commission, an appointed body on which Mrs. Scull served, as well as several private civil rights organizations with which Elizabeth and David Scull were involved. Correspondents include Nelson Rockefeller, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania, and Senator Charles 'Mac" Mathias of Maryland.

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