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Morrow, Edwin Porch, 1877-1935 (Sc 3470), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2019

Morrow, Edwin Porch, 1877-1935 (Sc 3470), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3470. Letter, 25 October 1920, of Kentucky Governor Edwin P. Morrow to Sim Smith, Albany, Kentucky. Written on letterhead of the Republican State Central Committee, the letter declares that the upcoming election in Kentucky “hangs by a thread” and will be won “if the mountain women come to the polls.” The letter pleads for efforts “above all” to “fire every man so that he will bring his women out” in order to thwart the stated intention in the Bluegrass of outvoting this constituency.


Hamlin, Thurman Jerome (Sc 3439), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2019

Hamlin, Thurman Jerome (Sc 3439), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3439. Letter, 1 October 1979, to news services and voters from Thurman Jerome Hamlin, London, Kentucky, promoting his election as a write-in candidate for Governor of Kentucky. He lists his qualifications and personal attributes, and offers to pay “you in communications” a daily fee of $100.00 to elect him, with an advisory position afterward. A frequent office-seeker, Hamlin includes some obscure references about local taxes and the election of past governors.


Hamlin, Thurman Jerome, 1924-2010 (Sc 3439), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2019

Hamlin, Thurman Jerome, 1924-2010 (Sc 3439), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3439. Letter, 1 October 1979, to news services and voters from Thurman Jerome Hamlin, London, Kentucky, promoting his election as a write-in candidate for Governor of Kentucky. He lists his qualifications and personal attributes, and offers to pay “you in communications” a daily fee of $100.00 to elect him, with an advisory position afterward. A frequent office-seeker, Hamlin includes some obscure references about local taxes and the election of past governors.


Patton, Paul Edward, B. 1937 (Sc 3400), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Patton, Paul Edward, B. 1937 (Sc 3400), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3400. Letter, 16 April 1987, of Paul E. Patton, Pikeville, Kentucky, to Riley Handy, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The letter asks support for Patton’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and outlines his experience and qualifications for the office.


Sanders, William Willard "Whitey," B. 1931 (Mss 659), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2019

Sanders, William Willard "Whitey," B. 1931 (Mss 659), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 659. Correspondence, articles and miscellaneous material documenting the career of newspaper editorial cartoonist Bill “Whitey” Sanders. Includes letters from readers, public figures and fellow cartoonists, video of programs and appearances, and material related to Sanders’ books and his participation in professional organizations. Correspondence, articles and miscellaneous material documenting the career of newspaper editorial cartoonist Bill Whitey” Sanders. Includes letters from readers, public figures and fellow cartoonists, video of programs and appearances, and material related to Sanders’ books and his participation in professional organizations.


Smith, Pearl Irene (Kearney), 1888-1972 (Sc 3302), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Smith, Pearl Irene (Kearney), 1888-1972 (Sc 3302), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3302. Letters, clippings, invitations and associated material relating to the involvement of Pearl Irene (Mrs. Stuart A.) Smith, Louisville, Kentucky, in state and local politics and civic causes. Active in local Democratic councils, Mrs. Smith left the party in acrimony in 1927 over its selection of candidates for governor of Kentucky and mayor of Louisville, and worked thereafter in Republican campaign committees and delegations. Includes a petition demanding enforcement of American neutrality in World War II.


Hutchinson, Julian Terrence, Jr., 1933-2004 (Sc 3298), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Hutchinson, Julian Terrence, Jr., 1933-2004 (Sc 3298), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3298. Lists, drafts, receipts, and campaign and organizational materials relating to Julian T. Hutchinson’s involvement in Democratic politics in Fayette County, Kentucky. Includes material relating to the formation of the Blue Grass Fayette County Democratic Club and the Fayette County Young Democrats Club, and to Hutchinson’s 1965 campaign for the Democratic nomination to represent Kentucky’s 54th District in the state legislature.


Clements, Earle Chester, 1896-1985 (Sc 3292), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Clements, Earle Chester, 1896-1985 (Sc 3292), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3292. Letter, 11 July 1947, to a voter from the chairman of Earle C. Clements’ campaign for governor of Kentucky, providing brief data on the candidate and soliciting support; also letter, 30 October 1961, from Clements replying to the recipient’s telegram about a toll road groundbreaking ceremony in Leitchfield, Kentucky. Clements, who had earlier resigned as state highway commissioner and was not informed of the ceremony, nevertheless expresses satisfaction that he had initiated the project.


Carroll, Julian Morton, B. 1931 (Sc 3290), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Carroll, Julian Morton, B. 1931 (Sc 3290), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3290. Letters, February-July 1975, of Kentucky Governor Julian M. Carroll and officials of his election campaign. The letters thank the recipients for support and for a presentation of portraits of Carroll and his wife Charlann. A handwritten 1987 letter thanks the recipient for supporting Carroll’s unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic nomination for another term as governor.


Brown, John Young, Jr., B. 1933 (Sc 3289), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Brown, John Young, Jr., B. 1933 (Sc 3289), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3288. Letter, 27 September 1979, from the Finance Chairman of the campaign of Democrat John Y. Brown, Jr. for Governor of Kentucky, asking the recipient for support through the sale of pins to contributors. Also letter, 12 December 1983, of Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. thanking the recipient for his good wishes as Brownprepares to leave office.


Brown, Phyllis Ann (George), B. 1949 (Sc 3288), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Brown, Phyllis Ann (George), B. 1949 (Sc 3288), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3288. Mass-mailed letter, 15 October 1979, in the handwriting of Phyllis (George) Brown, wife of John Y. Brown, Jr., Democratic candidate for Governor of Kentucky. She summarizes the election issues and praises her husband’s political skills and agenda.


Black, James Dixon, 1849-1938 (Sc 3286), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2018

Black, James Dixon, 1849-1938 (Sc 3286), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3286. Letter, 9 August 1919, of James D. Black, Governor of Kentucky, to Orville J. Stivers, Louisville, Kentucky, thanking him for his letter of congratulations on Black’s victory in the Democratic primary for the gubernatorial election in November. Black took office the previous May when his predecessor, Augustus O. Stanley, was elected to the U.S. Senate.


Westerman, Robert Vaughn, B. 1948 - Collector (Sc 3284), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2018

Westerman, Robert Vaughn, B. 1948 - Collector (Sc 3284), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3284. Three political items collected by Robert V. Westerman: a certificate, 6 November 1868, of three Gallatin County, Kentucky officials reporting the vote count for electors for President, Vice President, and Member of Congress for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District; a letter, 2 February 1949, of Garrett L. Withers to Pearl Sugg, Providence, Kentucky, with expressions of friendship after his appointment to the U.S. Senate to replace Vice President Alben Barkley; and a form letter of Harry Lee Waterfield, Clinton, Kentucky, seeking support in his 1967 campaign for Governor of Kentucky.


Ballew, William A., 1842-1915 (Sc 3277), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2018

Ballew, William A., 1842-1915 (Sc 3277), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3277. Letter, 12 November 1864, from William A. Ballew to Thomas Hopkins, Clinton County, Kentucky. Writing from Spring Hill, Tennessee, where he is serving with the 12th Kentucky Infantry, Ballew notes his regiment’s support of presidential candidate George B. McClellan (“little mack”). Although they were not yet enfranchised, he cites a mock election held by African Americans in Nashville as evidence for President Abraham Lincoln’s likely reelection. He notes the good health of his fellow soldiers, including Hopkins’ two sons, Lewis and Shelby.


Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963 (Sc 3259), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2018

Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963 (Sc 3259), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3259. Letter, 19 January 1961, from President-elect John F. Kennedy to James Gray of Cardinal Office Supply in Frankfort, Kentucky, thanking him for assistance rendered on behalf of the Democratic ticket during the 1960 election campaign.


Priest Family Papers (Sc 3210), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2018

Priest Family Papers (Sc 3210), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3210. Correspondence and papers relating to the Priest family of Henderson County, Kentucky. Includes abstracts of title in connection with grants of coal rights. Correspondence discusses an estate settlement, pending legislation amending certain city charters, family financial matters, and a candidate’s defeat in an 1884 primary election after two of three barrooms in the precinct were “thrown wide open” for his opponent.


Nunn, Louie Broady, 1924-2004 (Sc 3159), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2017

Nunn, Louie Broady, 1924-2004 (Sc 3159), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3159. Telegram from Louie B. Nunn, Republican State Campaign Chairman for Kentucky, to Mr. and Mrs. William Pennycook, Jr., Louisville, Kentucky, inviting them to a dinner at the Phoenix Hotel on October 1 in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Includes a ticket to the dinner and to the welcoming event at Memorial Coliseum.


Hudson, Beulah - Collector (Sc 3158), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2017

Hudson, Beulah - Collector (Sc 3158), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3158. Material sent to Beulah Hudson, Louisville, Kentucky, related to the election campaign for the Republican presidential ticket of Richard M. Nixon and Spiro Agnew. Includes letters sent to Hudson encouraging her to volunteer for the campaign and printed material. Hudson was appointed as the Kentucky State Chairman for the Secretaries for Nixon-Agnew in 1968.


Logan, Mary Middleton (Curd), B. 1915 - Collector (Sc 3137), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Aug 2017

Logan, Mary Middleton (Curd), B. 1915 - Collector (Sc 3137), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3137. Chiefly invitations, Christmas cards and brief letters from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to James and Mary Logan, Hyde Park, New York. Includes a photograph of Mrs. Roosevelt’s Hyde Park cottage, Val-Kill, and of prominent mourners at her funeral. Also includes invitations to Roosevelt memorials and social occasions from the Roosevelts’ son John, and birthday greetings to Mary from President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.


Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863 (Sc 3077), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2016

Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863 (Sc 3077), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3077. Letter, 7 August 1847, of Elisha Whittlesey to Nathan F. Williams, Baltimore, Maryland. He expresses high praise for Zachary Taylor, the likely candidate of the Whig Party in the 1848 presidential campaign, but fears that Taylor’s Southern origins will allow a Democratic Party candidate to gain the support of abolitionist Whigs, Whigs in non-slaveholding states, and members of the Liberty Party. The letter is written on manuscript letterhead of the Washington National Monument Office.


Drake, Kentucky - Precinct Directory (Sc 3054), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2016

Drake, Kentucky - Precinct Directory (Sc 3054), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscript Small Collection 3054. Precinct Directory and Voting List for Drake Precinct, Warren County, Kentucky. Contains voters’ names, post office, occupation, party affiliation, race and sex. The list appears to have been compiled for an election to be held on 8 November 1927.


Hise, Elijah, 1802-1867 (Sc 3018), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2016

Hise, Elijah, 1802-1867 (Sc 3018), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3018. Letter, 14 November 1844, of Elijah Hise, Russellville, Kentucky, addressed to John M. McCalla, Lexington, Kentucky. After giving details of a debt collected on behalf of the recipient, Hise requests that McCalla, a fellow Democrat, be informed of his delight at the election of James K. Polk to the presidency. He lists eight of the issues at stake in the election that he believes have been resolved by the victory.


Gates, Lloyd W., 1830-1890 (Sc 2971), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2016

Gates, Lloyd W., 1830-1890 (Sc 2971), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2971. Business and political postcards, chiefly sent to attorney Lloyd W. Gates, Calhoun, Kentucky. Topics range from political patronage to debt collection.


Larsh, Abraham (Sc 2965), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2015

Larsh, Abraham (Sc 2965), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2965. Letter, 3 August 1828, from Abraham Larsh, Bowling Green, Kentucky, to his cousin John Gardner, York County, Pennsylvania. He discusses the emboldening of opposition in Tennessee to Andrew Jackson, President John Quincy Adams’s rival, despite a recent assault by Jackson supporters. He also discusses the likelihood of Jackson’s alliance with former Vice President Aaron Burr in a plot to separate western states from the Union. While pleased with local crop yields and an expressed supporter of internal improvements, Larsh looks “with anxiety” to the completion of the railroad at the ...


Elections And Election Campaigns - Gallatin County, Kentucky (Sc 2960), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2015

Elections And Election Campaigns - Gallatin County, Kentucky (Sc 2960), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2960. Certification of vote results in an election in Gallatin County, Kentucky on 3 November 1868 for electors for President and Vice President of the United States and for Member of Congress for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District. Includes names and the number of votes received.


Denhardt, Henry Herman, 1876-1937 (Mss 533), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2015

Denhardt, Henry Herman, 1876-1937 (Mss 533), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 533. Correspondence, military orders, and instructional materials relating to Henry Herman Denhardt’s World War I service as a field artillery officer and postwar training as an officer in the Kentucky National Guard. Includes a few personal and political items relating to Denhardt’s campaign for Governor of Kentucky.


Brite, Henry Dearing, 1906-1976 (Mss 532), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2015

Brite, Henry Dearing, 1906-1976 (Mss 532), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding Aid only for Manuscripts Collections 532. Letters, programs, invitations, photographs and other political and social mementoes of Elizabeth Brite and her husband Henry, collected primarily during their years in Washington, D.C. when Elizabeth was secretary to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s press secretary, Jonathan W. Daniels.


Grey, Benjamin Edwards, 1809-1875 (Sc 2875), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2014

Grey, Benjamin Edwards, 1809-1875 (Sc 2875), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and full text of letter (click on "Additional File" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 2875. Letter, 24 May 1853, of Benjamin Edwards Grey, Henderson, Kentucky, to Hardinsburg, Kentucky lawyer J. B. Bruner. Seeking reelection to Congress, Grey complains of lack of support from his own Whig Party and promises to help reconcile breaches among its members. He encloses a broadside advertising a Democratic Party meeting in Henderson County on 28 May as evidence of its organization and aim to carry the election.


Jfk Memory Project At Wku (Mss 491), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2014

Jfk Memory Project At Wku (Mss 491), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and full text of remembrances (Click on Additional Files), photographs, and oral history interviews for Manuscripts Collection 491. Materials collected during a commemorative project related to a campaign visit John F. Kennedy made to Bowling Green, Kentucky in October 1960 and to his November 1963 assassination. The core of the collection is a set of remembrances that were sent into the Department of Library Special Collections, WKU about both events. Other items include oral history interviews (8), photos (36), contemporary news clippings as well as clippings about the project, a scrapbook of post-assassination clippings, and assorted other ephemera ...


Moore, Robert B., B. 1860 (Sc 2851), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2014

Moore, Robert B., B. 1860 (Sc 2851), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2851. Letter, 13 November 1896, of Robert B. Moore, Bowen, Kentucky, to Frank Powers, Grayson, Kentucky. Moore, a lumber dealer, reports an increase in business. He also describes himself as a “sound money” man who voted for William McKinley in the recent presidential election. Despite anticipating a “hot time,” he reports finding no disturbances at his local polling place.