. 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. During World War One, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a member of a congressional delegation which traveled to the front in 1918. 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. (See Sample Documents.)
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