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Carlos B. Embry papers, 1945-1964

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Carlos B. Embry papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized into Political and Book files; arrangement in each is chronological.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Carlos B. Embry papers, 1945-1964, 1M65M143, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


2 volumes, ca. 682 pieces.


Newspaperman, politician, author. Embry was born in Baizetown, Ky, and attended Western State College in Bowling Green, graduating with a BA in 1929. The next year, he became owner and editor of the OHIO COUNTY MESSENGER, in Beaver Dam, Ky. In 1935 he founded Embry Newspapers, Inc, which published newspapers in seven western Kentucky counties. Embry was a 10th district Republican state senator from 1946-1950. His book, AMERICA'S CONCENTRATION CAMPS, an examination of the legal, political and socio-economic status of American Indians, was published in 1956.

Scope and Content

This collection contains political correspondence, a manuscript copy of AMERICA'S CONCENTRATION CAMPS, and correspondence and clippings relating to the publication of the book. The political files cover the dates 1945-1964, and include correspondence with state and local officials and political figures. Principal subjects are patronage positions and road construction projects in Embry's district. Frequent correspondents were Kentucky Commissioner of Highways J. Stephen Watkins and Deputy Commissioner of Welfare Harry H. Wilson. Correspondence with Republican Party officials is also included.

Book files consist of a photocopied manuscript draft of AMERICA'S CONCENTRATION CAMPS and correspondence relating to Embry's research and to the publication of the book, along with a scrapbook of reviews (1956). The correspondence dates from 1953-1964 and includes letters to Indian spokespersons, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others contacted in the course of Embry's research. Also included is correspondence with book and magazine publishers contacted by Embry or his literary agent, Barthold Fles, including the David McKay company, which accepted the book for publication. Subsequent correspondence with that firm details the editorial process.


  • Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985.
  • Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-
  • Embry, Carlos B, 1906-
  • Fles, Barthold, 1902-
  • Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-
  • Morton, Thruston B. (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982.
  • Watkins, J. Stephen.
  • Republican Party (Ky.)
  • Indians, Treatment of--United States.
  • Indians of North America--Social conditions.
  • Indian reservations.
  • Indians of North America--Government relations.
  • Patronage, Political--Kentucky.
  • Kentucky--Politics and government

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