. Barkley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1913-1927, the U.S. Senate from 1927-1949, and again from 1955-1956, and as Vice President of the United States from 1949-1953. This primary source material consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, printed material, audio-visual material, and memorabilia. A complete box and folder inventory to this collection is forthcoming. Barkley was a congressman during the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment (Prohibition) and Volstead Act in 1918, and during its repeal by the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933. During the Great Depression, he served a Majority Leader of the Senate. See also the Alben W. Barkley Oral History Project located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
. Shouse, a native of Midway, Kentucky, served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas from 1915-1919, was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1919-1920, and served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1929-1932. This primary source material consists of correspondence, photographs, printed material, and newspaper clipping scrapbooks. Shouse left his leadership position on the DNC to become president of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment.
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