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Political Collections: C-F


Citizens Metropolitan Planning Council Records, 1958-1978

Extent: 3.5 linear feet
This collection contains organizational records including minutes, newsletters, programs, correspondence, financial records, membership, and legal records, of a citizen based planning organization.
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Citizens Organized in Search of the Truth, 1999-2000

Extent: ca. 300 items
Citizens Organized in Search of the Truth (COST) was a coalition of individuals and groups which opposed a 2000 referendum to merge the city of Louisville and Jefferson County governments. The referendum was approved by Jefferson County voters for the governments to merge in January 2003. Included are organizational and strategy files, media and campaign materials, finance reports, clippings, and some research material on earlier governmental reorganization efforts. A sampling of items in support of merger is also present.
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Clergy and Laity Concerned of Kentuckiana Records, 1971- 1973

Extent: 2.75 linear feet
This was a local branch of national group, active from 1971 to 1973, protesting U.S. participation in Vietnam. The collection includes correspondence, booklets, pamphlets, broadsides, films, tapes, slides, re: Vietnam, Nixon's re-election and Watergate.
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Marlow Cook (1926- ) Papers, 1968-1974

Extent: 135 linear feet

Marlow Cook (1926- ) was born in Akron, New York, and moved with his family to Louisville in 1942. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he finished his undergraduate degree in history at the University of Louisville and earned a L.L.B. degree from the University of Louisville Law School in 1950. As a Republican Cook was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1957 and in 1961 he was elected Jefferson County Judge Executive, a post he held until his successful run for the U.S. Senate in 1968. He served in the Senate until his defeat in 1974. Cook then started a successful law practice in Washington, D.C. The personal papers of Marlow W. Cook consist of speeches, legislative issue files, legislation sponsored, voting records, constituent correspondence files, grants, press releases and memorabilia from his service in the U. S. Senate. Included are scrapbooks and tape recordings.
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William Cowger (1922-1971) Scrapbooks, 1961-1970

Extent: 12 linear feet
Republican William Cowger served as Mayor of Louisville from 1961 to 1965 and as a Representative in the United States Congress from the Third District of Kentucky, from 1967 to 1971. These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings documenting his career.


Democratic Party of Louisville and Jefferson County, 1934- 1990

Extent: 5 linear feet
This collection consists of Democratic Party and Moose Green Club scrapbooks, minutes of the executive committee, framed photographs of party leaders and elected officials, and other records. It is unprocessed.


Robert Denk Papers, 1965-1970

Extent: 2.50 linear feet
Robert Denk was president of the University of Louisville chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). This collection contains materials his materials on SDS and issues of concern to students in the New Left, as well as campus politics. Includes a small amount of information documenting the UofL SDS chapter itself.

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Martin J. Duffy Papers, 1956-1967

Extent: 1.75 linear feet
Martin J. Duffy graduated from Louisville's Male High School, and earned a law degree from the University of Louisville in 1932. He served as a Kentucky state senator from 1952 to 1968 and state Democratic Party caucus chair in 1964 and 1966. The collection includes legislative correspondence and three boxes of photographs of Duffy with other politicians, including Governor Lawrence Wetherby.
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Charles P. Farnsley Papers, 1945-1980

Extent: 6.75 linear feet
Charles Farnsley, a native of Louisville, served as mayor of the city from 1948 to 1953. He also served in the Kentucky House of Representatives in the 1930s and was a U.S. Congressman for one term from 1965 to 1967. Farnsley promoted the Louisville Orchestra, founded the Louisville Fund for the Arts, and sought to improve the quality of life in the city as mayor. This collection includes six scrapbooks documenting Farnsley's mayoral years from 1948 to 1953 along with two personal scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and family memorabilia, created from 1947 to 1976. The latter also contain material relating to Farnsley's service in Congress and as a delegate to the 1964 Kentucky Constitutional Revision Convention. There is also personal and business correspondence, publications, articles relating to Farnsley's businesses and political career, and considerable material concerning the Louisville Philharmonic Society and its successor, the Louisville Orchestra. Documents relating to his wife Nancy's work with the Kentucky Heritage Commission are also present.
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Darrell Fleming Papers, 1967-1980

Extent: 4 linear feet
This collection contains files and tapes relating to the American Independent Party from 1969-1976.
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