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Political Collections: H-J


Claude Harris Papers, 1962-1970, bulk 1967-1970

Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Claude Harris was an assistant-in-charge of William Cowger's district office. Cowger represented Kentucky's Third District in Congress from 1967 to 1971. The papers mainly reflect issues dealing with Cowger's campaigns of 1968 and 1970, and include correspondence, news releases and memoranda.
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Tina Hester Papers, 1980s-1990s

Extent: ca. 200 items
Community activist Tina Hester was served as president of the of the Metropolitan Louisville Women's Political Caucus. The collection relates to that group, as well as Hester's other civic and political involvement.
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Allie Corbin Hixson papers, 1924-2005

Extent: 24.375 linear feet
Kentucky feminist leader, Allie Corbin (1924-2007) grew up in a southern Kentucky farm family. At age 18 she came to Louisville, where she met and married William Forrest Hixson (Bill). Together they raised their three children, and she combined the careers of mothering, homemaking and teaching in the Louisville public schools while pursuing further education. She is believed to be the first women to earn a PhD in English from the University of Louisville. Hixson became involved in the national movement for women’s equality at age 51, serving as co-organizer of the Kentucky Pro-ERA Alliance and the Kentucky Women’s Agenda Coalition. She led the Kentucky delegation to the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, serving as one of the vice-chairs. She helped to found the local chapter of the Older Women’s League as well as being active in the American Association of University Women, Business and Professional Women, and Rural American Women. Together with Riane Eisler, she co-authored ERA Facts and Guide, (1986) which continues to be the definitive guide to the Equal Rights Amendment. The largest portion of the collection is contained in two series: "Organizational Work" and "Topical and Reference." Due to Hixson’s vast organizational work and feminist interests, this material frequently overlaps. The collection also includes personal and biographical material as well as her own writing on a variety of subjects.
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Lawrence Lee Howe Papers, 1937-1978

Extent: 9.5 linear feet
Lawrence Lee Howe attended the University of Louisville from 1925 to 1931, obtaining A.B. and LL.B. degrees. He received a M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He returned to U of L and began a thirty-year career as a professor of history, becoming professor emeritus on his retirement in 1972. Howe was known for his conservative philosophy as a member of the John Birch Society and similar organizations. The collection contains correspondence, lecture notes, term papers, examinations, and other papers, documenting Howe's academic career and political interests.
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James Edward Hutchins, 1932-1963

Extent: .75 linear foot
James Edward Hutchins began practice as an attorney in 1914. He held office as a magistrate in 1924 and served as a Louisville alderman from 1943 to 1945. Hutchins was a judge of the Louisville police and traffic courts from 1948 to 1950, and a trial commissioner from 1954 to 1961. His papers include correspondence, clippings, certificates, photographs, and political cartoons.
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Interim Charter Commission For Louisville And Jefferson County, 1982

Extent: .5 linear foot
These are records of a commission charged with drafting a preliminary charter for a succeeding commission to review for implementation of a proposed merger for the city of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky, governments. The materials include background information, reports, and commission meeting minutes. The proposal was defeated in the 1982 election.
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Iroquois Civic Club Records, 1945-1987

Extent: 2 linear feet
The Iroquois Civic Club, founded in 1945, is a south Louisville community organization whose members are property owners, both business and residential, who live within the south Louisville area bounded by the L & N railroad tracks, Manslick Road and Woodlawn Avenue. The club holds monthly meetings to discuss area concerns, such as law and order, zoning, drainage, parks, traffic and roads, and often hear a speaker from local government or the business community. The records include the constitution and bylaws, minutes from 1970 to 1987, financial documents from 1945-1974, correspondence, treasurers' records, publications, and news clippings.
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Jefferson County Governance Project Records, 1995

Extent: ca. 100 items
These are records of the task force convened to study government institutions and entities in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The task force hoped to create a vision of governmental organization to support future growth. The records include reports, studies, and minutes.


Willard Rouse Jillson Papers, 1910-1970

Extent: 66.5 linear feet
Born in Syracuse, New York in 1890, Willard Jillson graduated from Syracuse University in 1912 and began work as a field and industrial geologist, surveying and investing in the oil fields of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. He then married and settled in Kentucky in 1917. Jillson was a dedicated supporter of the Republican Party in Kentucky and was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Geology and Kentucky State Geologist in 1919. In 1920 he was appointed Director of the Sixth Kentucky Geological Survey. Jillson wrote several books and articles on Kentucky geology and local history beginning in the 1920s. The 1931 Democratic victory resulted in the loss of his patronage position, and he then worked for several companies as a geologist and later taught at Transylvania University (1947-1951), resigning in 1951 to devote more time to his personal business interests. The collection contains a variety of material reflecting Jillson's varied life. There is extensive business correspondence from the periods of oil surveys in the Kansas-Oklahoma area; correspondence concerning state and federal appointments from the 1920s; and letters dealing with daily life. There are also notes and manuscripts compiled as his research for his many books and articles.
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W. Landis Jones Papers, 1964-1977

Extent: ca. 600 items
W. Landis Jones received his doctorate in political science from Emory University in 1964, then joined the faculty of the University of Louisville. He became a White House Fellow under President Richard M. Nixon and served as an assistant to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. Jones returned to Washington in the administration of President Jimmy Carter to head the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Jones sought political office himself, running unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative from Kentucky's Third District in 1994. The collection contains Jones' correspondence, relating to both academic and political matters.
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