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M. Rey Yarberry papers, 1894-1954

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


M. Rey Yarberry papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by format.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2012MS069: [identification of item], M. Rey Yarberry papers, 1894-1954, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.15 Cubic feet

2 boxes


Mont Rey Yarberry was born in Adair County, Kentucky, and upon graduation from Columbia High School in Columbia, Kentucky, became a farmer there. A Republican, Yarberry ran for sheriff of Adair County and won. Following his term as sheriff, Yarberry served in the State Legislature (1900-1901) and was the only Republican who served on the committee which chose the governor after the disputed 1899 election between William S. Taylor (1853-1928) and William Goebel (1856-1900). In 1901, Yarberry accepted an appointment as a secret service operative with the Internal Revenue Service of the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D. C. While there, he studied at George Washington University and received his Law degree in 1903. Yarberry returned to Louisville in 1913 and engaged in manufacturing. In 1927, he was selected by the Louisville Board of Public Safety to be chief of detectives.

Scope and Content

The M. Rey Yarberry papers consist of letters, his license to practice law, certificates, appointments, handbills, programs, ephemera, a photograph, and newspaper clippings relating to Yarberry's career as a politician.


  • Adair County (Ky.)
  • Columbia (Ky.)
  • Littell, Sarah E.
  • Politicians--Correspondence.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Letters, 1899-1913
[Box: 2, Folder: 15]
License to practice law, 1903 September 9
[Box: 2, Folder: 16]
Certificates and appointments, 1912-1947, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 13]
Handbills and programs, 1894-1898, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 17]
Political ephemera, 1902-1954
[Box: 2, Folder: 18]
Photograph, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 19]
Newspaper clippings, 1931, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 20]