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Political Collections: M-P


John Mallon Papers and Oral History, 1955-1994

Extent: 120 minutes, 4.25 linear feet
John Mallon was the author of failed 1956 Louisville-Jefferson county city/county merger plan. This collection includes two oral history interviews with him, as well as minutes, reports, news clippings, brochures, and correspondence, dating from 1955 to 1960.


John Marshall Papers, 1810-1977, bulk 1930-1960

Extent: 3.75 linear feet
John Marshall was born in 1894, the son of John Marshall, a former lieutenant governor of Kentucky. A native of Anchorage, Kentucky, the younger Marshall attended Williams College, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1922. He went into practicing law and in 1934 he was appointed standing master in the chancery of the U.S. District Court for Western Kentucky. From 1945 to 1947 he served as special judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Marshall died in 1977. The collection documents his sports interests and his extensive business interests which included the First National Bank in Louisville. Also include are papers relating to the Marshall family; personal correspondence, diaries, logs and clippings.
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Romano "Ron" Louis Mazzoli (1932- ) Papers, 1970-1994

677.25 linear feet
Romano "Ron" Louis Mazzoli, was born in Louisville in 1932, where he attended private schools. He earned a B.S. at the University of Notre Dame in 1954 and a law degree from the University of Louisville Law School in 1960. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1960 and commenced practice in Louisville. Mazzoli was elected to the Kentucky state senate in 1968, followed by election to the United States House of Representatives in 1970, where he served twelve terms, retiring in January 1995. This collection documents his political career as well as his personal life. It includes material relating to his campaigns for election, legislative issues that arose while he was in office; his committee work; his day-to-day schedule and the operations of his offices in Louisville and Washington, DC; and issues of significance on both the local and national level. Of particular interest are the records that relate to his work on the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Act).
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Samuel H. McMeekin Scrapbook, 1937-1941

Extent: 2 linear feet
Samuel H. McMeekin was a 1912 graduate of the University of Louisville Law School, where he starred in track. He served in World War I and in 1937 was named by Mayor Joseph Scholtz as Safety Director for the city of Louisville, a civilian post in charge of police, fire, and emergency services. Prior to his tenure as safety director, McMeekin served as sports editor for the Courier-Journal and as racing steward at Churchill Downs. On stepping down from the city, he returned to the race track. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings covering his term as Safety Director (December 1937 - January 24, 1941). Topics covered include police reform, alleged police violence against strikers, strong opposition to vice and prostitution and issues such as loud speaker noise, sound trucks and parking problems on Derby Day.


Metropolitan Louisville Women's Political Caucus Records, 1975-1995

Extent: 3 linear feet
The collection contains caucus correspondence, minutes, financial information, committee records, political action committee records, and newsletters of the Metropolitan Louisville Women's Political Caucus. There is also information relating to the National Women's Political Caucus, the Kentucky Women's Political Caucus, and the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Lois Morris, 1920-1988

Extent: 10.75 linear feet
Lois Morris, a native of Mississippi, moved to Louisville in 1955. She served as alderman representing the city's 12th Ward from 1969 to 1975 and ran for mayor in 1977. She was a civil rights activist (founder and president of Louisville Chapter of National Council of Negro Women; founder and Executive Director of National Black Women for Political Action; and member of Louisville's 1st Human Relations Commission). Morris' papers document her activities in the civil rights movement, her campaigns for and terms as a Louisville alderman, and her unsuccessful mayoral campaign. There is also significant material concerning many organizations to which Morris belonged such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Louisville Urban League, and several groups promoting the interests of African-American women.
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Political Broadsides, 1957 and 1960

Extent: 2 items
Two political broadsides: the first entitled "The American Eagle," was published by Millard Grubbs of 1427 South 6th St., Louisville, Kentucky, concerned a resolution the broadside claimed was adopted at a mass meeting in Louisville on August 3, 1957. The resolution sought the impeachment and hanging of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court for their decisions in several cases relating to school desegregation and alleged Communist conspiracies. The other was a newspaper extra entitled "The Forward Look," a mockup of a headline predicting the election of former Kentucky governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler as president of the United States in the 1960 election. Chandler ran a "favorite son" campaign for the Democratic nomination for president that year.
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Glenn A. Price, Sr. Papers, 1959-1983, bulk 1982-1983

Glenn A. Price, Sr., a native of North Carolina, moved to Louisville as an adult. Price was a veteran of World War II, and a manager at South Central Bell Telephone Company for forty-five years. He also served in the government of Kingsley, a Jefferson County sixth-class city, which brought him to membership in various committees and organizations considering governmental reorganization in the Louisville metropolitan area, as well as groups concerned with urban renewal. These papers consist of newspaper clippings, reports, minutes, correspondence and reference materials related to a proposed merger of Louisville and Jefferson County dating from the 1950s.
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Progress in Education Records, 1972-1978

Extent: 6 linear feet
Progress in Education was a civil rights organization formed in 1972 to express support for racial integration in Louisville public schools and for the federal courts' plan for busing as a means to that end, and to protect African-American students and their parents from violence. The group's guiding spirit and records- keeper was southern civil rights activist Anne Braden, who had long played an important role as a local organizer in racial struggles. The group's organizational records include correspondence, committee files, and project files for rallies, workshops, and marches In addition there are drafts of testimony delivered in public hearings, written by Braden and others. A large topical file consisting of clippings from local and national newspapers and other materials treat major figures such as Judge James F. Grayson, and local politicians, as well as the Ku Klux Klan, "white flight", integration attempts in other cities, and the lawsuit that resulted in the order to bus Louisville students.
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