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Kentucky Constitutional Revision records, Bulk, 1965-1966

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams

Title

Kentucky Constitutional Revision records

Date

Bulk, 1965-1966

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Organization: Clippings, 1944-1966; Articles and speeches, 1937-1960; Pamphlets and leaflets; Promotional literature; Photographs; Miscellaneous; Correspondence; Clippings, 1966; Kentuckians for a Better Constitution. Arranged basically chronologically within each type of record.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

74M3: [identification of item], Kentucky Constitutional Revision records, 1937-1966, bulk 1965-1966, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

6.3 Cubic feet

14 boxes

Biography/History

The 1944 Kentucky General Assembly passed a resolution calling for a convention to draw up a new constitution for Kentucky. The question was put to the voters in a 1947 referendum, but not enough support was gained for the constitutional convention. In 1948, a Constitutional Review Commission was established. Efforts to enact its recommendations for change by amendment were also unsuccessful. A call for a convention to revise only certain areas of the constitution, which was made in 1960, failed at the polls, too. The 1964 General Assembly created a Constitution Revision Assembly to write a new constitution for consideration by the voters.

Kentuckians for a Better Constitution, a group favorable to the revised constitution, was organized to acquaint Kentuckians with the provisions of the constitution written by the Constitution Revision Assembly. Gilbert W. Kingsbury was the educational coordinator of the organization. The new charter did not sway the voters, and the 1966 referendum on its merits had the same results as the earlier efforts.

Scope and Content

The Kentucky Constitutional Revision records contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles and speeches, promotional literature, reports, posters, and other materials relating to unsuccessful attempts to revise Kentucky's 1891 constitution. The clippings include information on the Constitution Revision Assembly, as well as other political activities related to the revision of the constitution. A portion of the records is devoted to the correspondence, news releases, membership lists, polls and other material of Kentuckians for a Better Constitution. Much of this group's records deal with the activities of Gilbert Kingsbury, the educational coordinator for the organization. The records also include photographs of Bert T. Combs and John B. Breckinridge, and clippings from the Central Press Clippings Service, Indianapolis. The correspondence contains letters from John Breckinridge and Wilson Wyatt to Lawrence S. Thompson.

Subjects

  • Kentuckians for a Better Constitution.
  • Kentucky. Constitution (1891).
  • Kentucky. Constitution Revision Assembly.
  • Breckinridge, John B., (John Bayne), 1913-1979
  • Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991
  • Wyatt, Wilson W., (Wilson Watkins), 1905-1996
  • Constitutional law--Kentucky
  • Pamphlets.
  • Posters.
  • Press releases.
  • Reports.
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Collection Inventory

I Newspaper clippings, 1944-1966
Scope and Content Note:

The Newspaper clippings, 1947-1966, series consists of clippings provided by clippings services dealing with a failed attempt to revise Kentucky's 1891 constitution. The clippings include information on the Constitution Revision Assembly and political activities related to the revision of the constitution.

1944 December-1946 July
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
1946 August
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
1946 September
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
1946 October 1-14
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
1946 October 15-31
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
1946 November 1-10
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
1946 November 11-29
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
1946 December
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
1947 January
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
1947 February 1-13
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
1947 February 14-28
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
1947 March
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
1947 April
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
1947 May
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
1947 June
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
1947 July 2-18
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
1947 July 19-31
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
1947 August
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
1947 September 1-20
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
1947 September 21-31
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
1947 October 1-10
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
1947 October 11-19
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
1947 October 20-24
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
1947 October 25-31
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
1947 November 1-5
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
1947 November 6-30
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
1951-1954
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
1960-1961
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
1964 February-1966 March
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
II Articles and speeches, 1937-1960
Scope and Content Note:

The Articles and speeches series consists of articles and speeches from the movement to revise Kentucky's 1891 constitution in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

1937, 1945-1946
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
1947, 1951, 1960
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
III Pamphlets and leaflets
Scope and Content Note:

The series contains pamphlets and leaflets from the unsuccessful attempts to revise Kentucky's 1891 constitution.

1945-1947, 1949, 1960, 1966
[Box: 5, Folder: 3-4]
IV Promotional literature, pro and con, 1947, 1960, 1965-1966
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
Scope and Content Note:

The series contains promotional literature for both sides of the issue of reforming Kentucky's constitution.

V Photographs of J.B. Breckinridge and Bert Combs, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
Scope and Content Note:

The series includes photographs of Bert T. Combs and John B. Breckinridge.

VI Miscellaneous, 1946-1951, 1953, 1960
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
Scope and Content Note:

The Miscellaneous series contains reports from various organizations, such as the Committee for a New State Constitution, the Covington Rotary Club, and the League of Women Voters, concerning efforts to create a state constitution.

VII Correspondence, 1946-1947, 1951, 1953, 1960
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
Scope and Content Note:

The Correspondence series contains letters from John Breckinridge and Wilson Wyatt to Lawrence S. Thompson.

VIII Newspaper clippings, 1966
Scope and Content Note:

The Newspaper clippings, 1966 series contains clippings from various press organizations, concerning the events surrounding the unsuccessful attempt to revise Kentucky's constitution in 1966.

1966 April-June
[Box: 5, Folder: 9]
1966 July
[Box: 5, Folder: 10]
1966 August 1-6
[Box: 5, Folder: 11]
1966 August 7-8
[Box: 5, Folder: 12]
1966 August 9
[Box: 5, Folder: 13]
1966 August 10
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
(A-J), 1966 August 11
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
(L-W), 1966 August 11
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
1966 August 12
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
1966 August 13
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
1966 August 14
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
1966 August 15
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
1966 August 16
[Box: 6, Folder: 8]
1966 August 17
[Box: 6, Folder: 9]
(A-H), 1966 August 18
[Box: 6, Folder: 10]
(I-W), 1966 August 18
[Box: 6, Folder: 11]
1966 August 19
[Box: 6, Folder: 12]
1966 August 20
[Box: 6, Folder: 13]
1966 August 21
[Box: 6, Folder: 14]
1966 August 22
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
1966 August 23
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
1966 August 24
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
1966 August 25
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
1966 August 26
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
1966 August 27
[Box: 7, Folder: 6]
1966 August 28
[Box: 7, Folder: 7]
1966 August 29
[Box: 7, Folder: 8]
1966 August 30
[Box: 7, Folder: 9]
1966 August 31
[Box: 7, Folder: 10]
1966 September 1
[Box: 7, Folder: 11]
1966 September 2
[Box: 7, Folder: 12]
1966 September 3
[Box: 7, Folder: 13]
1966 September 4
[Box: 7, Folder: 14]
1966 September 5
[Box: 7, Folder: 15]
1966 September 6
[Box: 7, Folder: 16]
1966 September 7
[Box: 7, Folder: 17]
(A-G), 1966 September 8
[Box: 7, Folder: 18]
(H-W), 1966 September 8
[Box: 7, Folder: 19]
1966 September 9
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
1966 September 10
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
1966 September 11
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
1966 September 12
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
1966 September 13
[Box: 8, Folder: 5]
1966 September 14
[Box: 8, Folder: 6]
(A-J), 1966 September 15
[Box: 8, Folder: 7]
(L-W), 1966 September 15
[Box: 8, Folder: 8]
1966 September 16
[Box: 8, Folder: 9]
1966 September 17
[Box: 8, Folder: 10]
1966 September 18
[Box: 8, Folder: 11]
1966 September 19
[Box: 8, Folder: 12]
1966 September 20
[Box: 8, Folder: 13]
1966 September 21
[Box: 8, Folder: 14]
(A-J), 1966 September 22
[Box: 8, Folder: 15]
(L-W), 1966 September 22
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
1966 September 23
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
1966 September 24
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
1966 September 25
[Box: 9, Folder: 4]
1966 September 26
[Box: 9, Folder: 5]
1966 September 27
[Box: 9, Folder: 6]
1966 September 28
[Box: 9, Folder: 7]
(A-H), 1966 September 29
[Box: 9, Folder: 8]
(I-W), 1966 September 29
[Box: 9, Folder: 9]
1966 September 30
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
1966 October 1
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
1966 October 2
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
1966 October 3
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
1966 October 4
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
1966 October 5
[Box: 10, Folder: 6]
(A-G), 1966 October 6
[Box: 10, Folder: 7]
(H-M), 1966 October 6
[Box: 10, Folder: 8]
(N-W), 1966 October 6
[Box: 10, Folder: 9]
1966 October 7
[Box: 10, Folder: 10]
1966 October 8
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
1966 October 9
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
1966 October 10
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
(A-L), 1966 October 11
[Box: 11, Folder: 4]
(M-W), 1966 October 11
[Box: 11, Folder: 5]
1966 October 12
[Box: 11, Folder: 6]
(A-D), 1966 October 13
[Box: 11, Folder: 7]
(E-J), 1966 October 13
[Box: 11, Folder: 8]
(L-O), 1966 October 13
[Box: 11, Folder: 9]
(P-W), 1966 October 13
[Box: 11, Folder: 10]
1966 October 14
[Box: 11, Folder: 11]
1966 October 15
[Box: 11, Folder: 12]
1966 October 16
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
1966 October 17
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
1966 October 18
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
1966 October 19
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
1966 October 20-November 6
[Box: 12, Folder: 5]
IX Kentuckians for a Better Constitution, 1964-1966
Scope and Content Note:

The series contains correspondence, news releases, membership lists, polls and other material belonging to Kentuckians for a Better Constitution. Much of this group's records deal with the activities of Gilbert Kingsbury, the educational coordinator for the organization.

Correspondence, 1966 July 7-30
[Box: 12, Folder: 6]
Correspondence, 1966 August
[Box: 12, Folder: 7]
Correspondence, 1966 September
[Box: 12, Folder: 8]
K.B.C. County Chairmen material, 1966 July 12-September
[Box: 12, Folder: 9]
Correspondence, 1966 October-November
[Box: 12, Folder: 10]
K.B.C. County Chairmen material, 1966 October, undated
[Box: 12, Folder: 11]
Membership lists, undated
[Box: 12, Folder: 12]
Lists of members of Kentucky organizations, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
Requests for material, 1966 July 7-November 1
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
Requests for post cards for write-in campaign, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
K.B.C. Constitutional Revision Assembly members: Biographical sketches, incomplete, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 4]
News releases, 1966 May 9-September 24
[Box: 13, Folder: 5]
News releases, 1966 September 29-November 3, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 6]
Form letters and memoranda, 1965 December, 1966 July-November 3
[Box: 13, Folder: 7]
Polls, High Schools: Project Citizenship, 1966
[Box: 13, Folder: 8]
Polls, High Schools: Merit Scholar Questionnaire, undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 1]
Polls, Colleges and Universities: University of Kentucky, Community Colleges, 1966
[Box: 14, Folder: 2]
Polls, Colleges and Universities: General, Kentucky, undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 3]
Resolutions, 1966
[Box: 14, Folder: 4]
Kentucky Youth for a Better Constitution, 1966 July 15-November 4
[Box: 14, Folder: 5]
Speakers, 1966
[Box: 14, Folder: 6]
Publicity: Contracts with Fessel, Siegfriedt & Moeller, and others, 1966
[Box: 14, Folder: 7]
Publicity: Promotional literature (1), 1964-1966
[Box: 14, Folder: 8]
Publicity: Promotional literature (2), undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 9]
Publicity: Newspaper articles, 1966 July 20-October 28
[Box: 14, Folder: 10]
Publicity: Promotional literature (3), 1966, undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 11]