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Index to Collections

Series-level indexes of selected collections are available by following links from this page. Also included are biographies and other information relating to the collections.

Arnett, Louis W.

  • Papers: 1927-1953
  • 6 Boxes
  • Largest segment of collection consists of political correspondence with state and national figures in the 1940s and early 1950s.
  • Arnett was a Kentucky state representative and senator from Kenton County.

Barkley, Alben W.


  • Papers: 1900-1956
  • ca. 65,000 items; 100 scrapbooks
  • Correspondence, speeches, political papers, news clippings, photographs.
  • Barkley served in the U.S. Senate, 1927-1949 and 1955-1956 (Majority leader, 1937-1947); Vice President of the U.S., 1949-1953. Also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1913-1927.
  • Sample Documents

Bradley, William O.

  • Papers: 1870-1911
  • 4 ft. of scrapbooks; 34 letters written by Bradley are in the collections; indexed in Mss. card catalog.
  • Bradley was the first Republican Governor of Kentucky, 1895- 1899; served in the U.S. Senate, 1909-1914.

Breckinridge, John B.

  • Papers: 1931-1979
  • ca. 700 cu. ft.
  • Breckinridge was a member of the Kentucky General Assembly, 1956-1960; Kentucky Attorney General, 1960-1972; and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1972-1978.

Chandler, A.B. "Happy"

  • Papers, 1920-1974
  • ca. 375,000 items
  • Materials relate mainly to two terms as Governor of Kentucky, and tenure as Commissioner of Baseball. Includes photographs.
  • Chandler was twice Governor of Kentucky, 1935-1939 and 1955-1959; U.S. Senator, 1939-1945; Commissioner of Baseball, 1945-1951.

Clements, Earle C.

  • Papers: 1922-1959
  • ca. 300,000 items
  • Materials on Kentucky politics, state government and finances, Democratic party activity and strategy on the national level, Congressional and Senatorial correspondence, photographs.
  • Clements served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1945- 1947; as Governor of Kentucky, 1947-1950; and as U.S. Senator, 1950-1956 (Acting majority leader, 1955-1956)
  • Sample Documents

Chapman, Virgil M.

  • Papers: 1940-1950
  • 53 pieces
  • Chapman served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1925- 1929; 1931-1949; and as U.S. Senator, 1949-1951.

Combs, Bert T.

  • Papers, 1951-1963
  • 130 Boxes
  • Largest segment of the collection consists of material generated during Combs' term as Governor of Kentucky.
  • Combs was Governor of Kentucky (1959-1963), and Judge, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1967-1970).

Cooper, John Sherman

  • Papers: 1927-1972
  • ca. 1,000,000 items
  • Chiefly materials from Senate career. Correspondence, press releases, speeches, photographs, news clippings, foreign policy background reports.
  • Cooper served in the Ky. House of Representatives, 1927-1929; as Pulaski County Judge, 1930-1938; in the U.S. Senate, 1946-1948, 1952-1954, and 1956-1972. He was U. S. Ambassador to India and Nepal, 1955-1956, and the first U. S. Ambassador to East Germany, 1974-1976.

Dummit, Eldon S.

  • Papers: 1917-1961
  • 8 boxes
  • Dummit was Attorney-General of Kentucky, 1943-1947; and ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for Governor against Earle Clements in 1947.

Fields, William J.

  • Scrapbook, 1911-1923
  • Newspaper clippings and some correspondence covering years in Congress.
  • Fields served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1911-1923; and as Governor of Kentucky, 1923-1947.

Goodman, George H.

  • Papers: 1922-1941
  • 10 boxes; 8 scrapbooks
  • Goodman was Director of the Works Progress Administration in Kentucky, 1934-1941.
  • The collection consists mainly of material concerning the operation of relief work in Ky. Some material on the 1938 Senate campaign of Alben W. Barkley is included.
  • Inventory to WPA Photographs

Gregory, Noble J.

  • Papers: 1957-1958
  • ca. 1250 pieces
  • Papers represent office file on legislation.
  • Gregory served as First District Congressman, 1937-1959, and was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Hager, Lawrence W.

  • Family Papers, 1812-1996
  • 108 Boxes
  • Records and correspondence dealing with ownership and operation of Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer newspaper, family history, community history, politics, John S. Hager material, and photographs.
  • Lawrence W. Hager, Sr. took over as publisher of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer newspaper from his father. He was followed by his son, John S. Hager, as publisher.

James, Ollie M.

  • Papers: 1909-1918
  • ca. 125 items
  • Correspondence, campaign literature, speeches, news clippings.
  • James was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1903-1913; and served in the U.S. Senate, 1913-1918.

Kingsbury, Gilbert W.

  • Papers: 1952-1964
  • 13 boxes
  • Kingsbury served in the Ky. General Assembly, 1958-1960; was Deputy Highway Commissioner in the Breathitt Admin.; and Director of Tourism in the Combs Admin. He also served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senators Earle Clements and Garret Withers.

Lindsay, William

  • Papers: 1867-1932
  • ca. 14,000 items
  • Lindsay served on the Ky. Court of Appeals, 1870-1878 (Chief Justice, 1876-1878), and was in the U.S. Senate, 1893-1901.

Logan, Marvel Mills "M.M."

  • Personal Papers, Scrapbooks, Photographs and Clippings, 1933-1939
  • Logan was a U.S. Senator from 1930 to 1939

Morton, Rogers C.B.

  • Papers: 1962-1977
  • 450 boxes
  • Correspondence, photographs, speeches, campaign materials, and memorabilia.
  • Morton served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland, 1963-1970; was Chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1969-1971; Secretary of the Interior, 1971-1975; and Secretary of Commerce, 1975-1976.

Morton, Thruston B.

  • Papers: 1933-1969
  • ca. 300,000 items
  • Congressional and Senate correspondence, photographs, speeches, materials relating to Republican National Committee.
  • Morton served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-1953. He was Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations, 1953-1956; served in the U.S. Senate, 1957 - 1969; and was Chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1959-1961.

Reed, Stanley F.

  • Papers: 1930-1972
  • 400 boxes
  • Reed was Solicitor General of the U.S., 1935-1938; and an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1938-1957.

Shouse, Jouett

  • Papers: 1911-1959
  • 12 boxes; 270 scrapbooks
  • Shouse served as a U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1915- 1919; was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, 1919-1920; and Chairman of the Democratic National Executive Committee, 1929-1932.
  • American Liberty League Pamphlets

Spence, Brent

  • Papers: 1937-1962
  • ca. 37,500 items
  • Spence served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1931 to 1962, much of the time as Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee.

Stanley, A. O.

  • Papers: 1904-1959
  • ca. 12,000 items
  • Stanley was in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1903-1915; served as Governor of Kentucky, 1915-1919; and was U.S. Senator, 1919-1925.

Swinford, Mac

  • Papers: 1937-1975 (bulk)
  • 36 cu. ft.
  • Swinford was Kentucky State Representative, 1926-1928; United States Judge for Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, 1937-1963; and Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 1963-1969.

Underwood, Thomas R.

  • Papers: 1896-1956
  • ca. 8,000 items, 6 scrapbooks
  • Underwood served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1949- 1951; and in the U.S. Senate, 1951-1953.

Vinson, Fred M.

  • Papers: 1924-1953
  • 420 boxes
  • Vinson served in all three branches of the federal government. He was in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1925-1929 and 1931-1938; served as Secretary of the Treasury, 1945-1946; and was Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1946-1953.

Watts, John C.

  • Papers: 1951-1971
  • 244 boxes
  • Watts represented the 6th Ky. district in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1951-1971.

Wetherby, Lawrence W.

  • Papers: 1947-1958
  • 50 boxes; 13 scrapbooks
  • Wetherby served as Lt. Governor of Ky., 1947-1950; and as Governor, 1950-1955.

Wheeler, Charles K.

  • Papers: 1879-1933
  • 10 Boxes: Bound Volumes, Correcpondence, Legal Papers, Rolled Items
  • Wheeler was a Kentucky lawyer and politician, and a U.S. Congressman from 1896-1903

Willis, Simeon S.

  • Papers: 1915-1959
  • 10 boxes
  • Willis served on the Ky. Court of Appeals, 1928-1932; and was Governor of Kentucky, 1943-1947.

Withers, Garret L.

  • Papers: 1933-1953
  • ca. 2,000 items; 5 scrapbooks
  • Withers served in the U.S. Senate, 1949-1950; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1952-1953.

Woodson, Urey

  • Papers: 1899-1939
  • ca. 4,500 items
  • Woodson was a Democratic National Committeeman, 1896-1916 and 1924-1928. The papers include a lively exchange of correspondence with Samuel Blythe, editor of the Literary Digest, concerning the controversial poll which that magazine did on the presidential election of 1936.

Wyatt, Wilson W.

  • Papers: 1926-1992
  • ca. 440 Boxes, Scrapbooks, Audio-Visual Material
  • Wyatt was Mayor of Louisville Kentucky, 1941-1945, Federal Housing Expediter in the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1946, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1959-1963, Lawyer and founding partner of the firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. Influential in state and national politics, Wyatt was an advisor to presidential candidates, governors, and mayors.


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Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Center for Judicial Excellence, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

SCRC collects,preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. SCRC maintains the University Archives and records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. SCRC advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

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