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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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