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Vietnam War and Public Policy

  • . Clements served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1945-1947; governor of Kentucky, 1947-1950; and as U.S. Senator from 1950-1956 (Acting Majority Leader 1955-1956). This primary source material consists of personal, political, and legal papers, as well as political cartoons, photographs, audio-visual material, and memorabilia. Clements was in the U.S. Senate when the United States began arming and equipping the South Vietnamese Army in 1955. (See Sample Documents.)
  • . Cooper served in the Kentucky General Assembly (1927-1929); Pulaski County Judge, (1930-1938); U.S. Senate (1946-1948, 1952-1954, and 1956-1972); U.S. Ambassador to India and Nepal (1955-1956); and first U.S. Ambassador to East Germany (1974-1976). This primary source material consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, printed material, county government documents, photographs, scrapbooks, audio-visual material, and memorabilia. Cooper was one of the first members of the U.S. Senate to oppose the war in Vietnam, and was co-sponsor of the Cooper-Church Amendment that called for the pullout of American troops. See also the John Sherman Cooper Oral History Project located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
  • . Morton served in the U.S.House of Representatives from1947-1953. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of State in 1953 and served until 1956. In 1957 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served until 1969. This primary source material consists of correspondence, photographs, political cartoons, and legislative files. He was serving in the Senate at the height of the Vietnam War. Also see the Thruston B. Morton Oral History Project in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
  • Col. Arthur L. Kelly American Veterans Oral History Project: Vietnam War Project. Over forty interviews help to document the experience of American soldiers and marines during the Vietnam War. These interviews are located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
  • Charles T. Wethington U.K. Alumni/Faculty Oral History Project. Several interviews in this project discuss student involvement and protests on the U.K. campus against the Vietnam War. These interviews are located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

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Our Mission

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

The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve 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. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

Associate Dean Deirdre A. Scaggs

Materials in Special Collections do not circulate.

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