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Political Collections: U-Z


Bernard F. Veith Scrapbook, 1961-1969

Extent: 1 linear foot
Bernard F. Veith was Louisville city comptroller from December 1, 1947 until November 30, 1975. This scrapbook was compiled by Ms. Anastasia Faulstich, Clerk-Secretary to Mr. Veith. The scrapbook covers February 1961 to November 1969, and contains newspaper clippings on the activities of the Comptroller's office, as well as the general political scene. There are also a few photographs, a publication of the Louisville Fraternal Order of Police (August 1963) and a series of newsletters reporting the economic progress of the city.
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Kenneth P. Vinsel Papers, 1934-1975

Extent: ca. 550 items
Kenneth P. Vinsel, a native of Iowa, made his home in Louisville in 1931 when he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville. From 1935 to 1943 he was chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He was also director of public welfare for the city of Louisville from 1933 to 1935 and during 1937, when he was in charge of emergency housing and feeding during that year's disastrous flood. He headed the Louisville Area Development Association from 1943 to 1950, until its merger with the Board of Trade to form the Chamber of Commerce, then headed the Louisville Chamber of Commerce from 1950 until 1966. This collection includes correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings and photographs.


Richard Vissing Papers, 1960s-1980s

Note: In process.
Richard Vissing was a five-term and the first full-time mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana, a city directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, and newspaper clippings concerning Vissing's political career.
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Richard Walker, 1975-1978

Extent: 1.75 linear feet
Richard Walker was a reporter for United Press International (UPI) from 1973 to 1977. This collection contains press releases, legal documents, notes on interviews with prominent figures during the 1970s busing controversy, photographs of county judge executive Todd Hollenbach, Derby packet for 1976, speeches by Congressmen Gene Snyder and William O. Cowger, and political position papers.


Walls Family Papers, 1866-1979

Extent: 3.17 linear feet
Murray Atkins Walls was an African American educator and civil rights activist. She was very much involved in the open housing campaign in Louisville. Her husband Dr. John Walls was a physician and board member of the local chapter of the NAACP. The bulk of the material reflects Murray Walls involvement in the civil rights movement in Louisville. A smaller portion deals with her husbands' professional and civic interests. Also included are records and memorabilia concerning Murray Walls' father, Dr. Calvin R. Atkins, an Indianapolis physician.
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Mike Ward Papers, 1994-1995

Extent: 7.5 linear feet
Mike Ward served as the U.S. Representative from the Kentucky Third District from 1995-1997. These files concern efforts to keep the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville open.
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We The People to Impeach Nixon Records, 1973-1974

Extent: ca. 125 items
This organization was the local chapter of political group which sought the impeachment of U. S. President Richard M. Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate Affair. The records include newsletters, meeting notices, buttons, copies of newspaper advertisements, public relations material, and signed petitions.
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Rebecca Westerfield (1950- ) Papers, 1964-1992

Extent: 13.25 linear feet
These are the papers of Rebecca Westerfield, a prominent Louisville attorney and judge in the 1970s and 1980s. They primarily document her legal career and also include some material about professional and civic organizations to which she belonged. Westerfield co-chaired a committee which investigated gender fairness in the Kentucky court system.
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Ray Whitener Papers, 1970-1985

Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Ray Whitener is a civic activist in Louisville, Kentucky. These papers document his involvement with local organizations such as the Citizen's Advisory Board, the Louisville Inter-Neighborhood Coalition, the South Louisville Neighborhood Council, the Iroquois Civic Club, South Louisville Community Ministries, and the Beechmont Neighborhood Association. In addition, there are materials relating to other activities in South Louisville.
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