Brent Yonts papers

Abstract

The Brent Yonts papers (dated 1981-2016, undated; 74 cubic feet; 71 boxes, 7 flat boxes; 429 MB, 480 digital files) consist of correspondence, greenslips, ciations, office files, newspaper clippings, issue files, session bills, assembly documents, and memorabilia, which document Yonts' 20 years of service in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Brent Yonts papers
Creator
Yonts, Brent
Extent
74 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Public policy and politics
Muhlenberg County (Ky.)
Legislators -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. Where possible original folder names were retained.
Finding Aid Author
Ellen Dukes
Preferred Citation
2017ms064: [identification of item], Brent Yonts papers, 1981-2016, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Kentucky politician and former representative Brent Yonts was born in Greensville, KY on March 21, 1949. After earning his BS at Murray State University in 1971, Yonts served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army Adjutant General's Corps from 1971-1973. Then Yonts earned his JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1975. The following year, Yonts returned to his hometown of Greensville to establish Brent Yonts Law Office.
Yonts began his political career in 1994, running for the District 15 1994 Democratic Primary. However, he lost to Charles Nelson, who went on to win in the general election. When Nelson left the Legislature in 1996, Yonts successfully won the seat and remained unopposed until the 2008 where he defeated Republican nominee Matthew Oates. Yonts continued to serve as the District 15 legislator until Republican nominee Melinda Gibbons Prunty defeated him in 2016.
Currently, Yonts practices law at Yonts, Sherman and Driskill, PSC. Yonts married Jan F. Covington in 1976. They had three children: Emily Yonts Sparks, Ellen Yonts Sueholtz, and Harrison Yonts.
Scope and Content
The Brent Yonts papers (dated 1981-2016, undated; 74 cubic feet; 71 boxes, 7 flat boxes; 429 MB, 480 digital files) consist of correspondence, greenslips, citations, office files, newspaper clippings, issue files, session bills, assembly documents, and memorabilia, which document Yonts' 20 years of service in the Kentucky General Assembly representing the 15th district. Correspondence, greenslips, session bills, and assembly and issue files document Yonts' activities in the Kentucky House of Representatives between 1997 and 2016. Major issues in Yonts' career include food quality in Kentucky's prison systems, public worker pension plans, altering beginning/ending dates of the school year, and the decline in coal employment. These papers document the concerns of Yonts' Western Kentucky constituents about such issues as well as resulting legislation. The collection also contains printed copies of Yonts' regular news column, Legislator Logs, and legislative memorabilia such as nametags, buttons, and t-shirts. The papers have been minimally processed at the box level.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Assembly documents, 1997-2016

The Assembly documentation series contains documentation of Kentucky general assemblies during Representative Yonts' political career. The documentation includes assembly reports, bill drafts, legislative issues, assorted board meetings, and conferences from 1997-2016.

1997

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2000-2002

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2004-2006

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2007-2011

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2012-2014

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2015-2016

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Audiovisual, 1989-2010, undated

This series comprises three casette tapes, three floppy discs, ten CDs, photographs both digital and physical, and one VHS pertaining to former Representative Yonts' legislative career. These materials are recorded audio/video of state issues, board luncheons, and a legislative symposium. The photographs document legislative events attended by Representative Yonts from 1998-2010 as well as trips to California and the Civil War Commission's Sacramento Battle Site. The digital records comprise 480 digital files (429 MB) and include audio, video, digital photographs, pdf and Microsoft word files.

Audio, 1989-1999, undated

Dr. Rodney Casada, undated

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Name change bill/ SCC is growing, undated

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Pfizer portfolio of states issues volume 16 number 2, 1999

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April Estes, audio, undated

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Digital records, 2003, undated

Aramark, undated

Department of corrections cost proposal, undated

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Department of corrections technical proposal, undated

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Western Kentucky corrections complex officer daily meal evaluations and kitchen logs, 2008-2009

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Food service documents, undated

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National Legislators' Symposium on Child Support, Vail, Colorado, 2003 September 11-13

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Video, 2003, undated

University of Louisville Board of Overseers luncheon VHS, 2003 January 15

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Democratic Leadership Council, It's About the American Dream video, undated

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Photographs, 1995-2010

California photographs, 2001 May

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Assorted photographs, 1995-2010, undated

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Civil War Commission Sacramento Battle Site pictures, 2010 July 14

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Citations, 1999-2015

The Citations series contains citation requests received by Representative Yonts from 1999-2015. Representative Yonts received requests for citations concerning weddings anniversaries, obituaries, educational achievements, awards, and miscellaneous events. As state representative, Yonts held the power to approve each request for official individual or group recognition. The series is in chronological order. The original order is retained where possible.

1999-2004

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2005-2009

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2010-2012

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2015

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Correspondence, 1999-2016

The Correspondence series contains correspondence between Representative Yonts' office and Kentucky businesses, constituents, fellow politicians, and others concerning legislative bills and issues. Also included are printed copies of faxed and emailed correspondence. The series is organized into three formats: correspondence, emails, and faxes. Within these three formats, the folders are chronologically ordered.

2001-2006 August

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2006 September-2009 March

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2009 March-2009 November

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2009 December-2010 March

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2010 March-2010 May

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2010 September-2011 February

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2011 March-2011 August

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2011 September-2012 March

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2012 April-2012 December

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2013 January-2013 September

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2013 October-2014 July

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2014 July-2015 November

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2015 November-2015 December

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Emails, 2005-2008, 2010-2015

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Faxes, 2005-2008, 2010-2015

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Assorted cards, 1999-2016

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Greenslips, 1998-2015

The Greenslips series comprises legislative greenslips addressed to Representative Yonts during general and special assemblies. When a concerned citizen directly contacts their district's representative regarding specific legislation, the message is printed on green paper and sorted depending on the subject matter. The greenslips Representative Yonts' office collected are organized chronologically.

1998

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2000

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2002-2004

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2005-2006

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2010-2011

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2015

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Issues, 1994-2016

The Issues series comprises documentation of legislative issues brought to the Kentucky general assemblies between 1994 and 2016. Documentation includes correspondence between constituents, collected research, and committee minutes regarding specific issues.

1994-2001

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2005-2008

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2009-2012

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2014-2016

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Memorabilia, 1998-2016

The Memorabilia series comprises artifacts including Also includes First Baptist Bank bags, a 2014 political campaign t-shirt, and a hand towel with the National Rifle Association logo. The series also includes a poster from the 2006 National Labor Caucus Conference in Nashville. Also includes assorted name tags, lanyards, buttons, stickers, and pins collected from legislative events.

Allison for Senate Kentucky t-shirt, 2014

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Buttons, lanyards, name tags, and pins, 2003-2016

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First Baptist Bank bank bags, undated

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National Rifle Association hand towel, undated

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NCLS Nashville poster, 2006

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Office files, 1992-2016

The Office files series contains documents pertaining to the duties and responsibilities of Representative Yonts' office. These documents include constituent information, travel vouchers, postage logs, electoral campaign materials, and assorted educational monographs. The series is organized chronologically.

Constituents and budget, 1997-2002

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Constituents, travel vouchers, assorted monographs, and miscellaneous documents, 2003-2016

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Campaign materials, 1992, 2008, 2013-2016

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Press and newspaper articles, 1981-2016

The Press and newspaper articles series comprises collected press and newspaper articles covering state and local legislation, political campaigns, and current events. Also includes printed copies of Representative Yonts' regular news column, Legislator Logs. Representative Yonts' newspaper column,Legislator Logs, appeared online via news site SurfKY between 2002-2015. The series also includes select issues of legislative assembly newspaperLegislative Record, local newspaper The Muhlenberg Sun, and special issues of the Messenger-Inquirer. The series is arranged chronologically within subseries.

Newspaper articles, 1998-2016

1998-2003

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2004-2005

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2006-2007

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2009-2011

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2013-2014

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2016

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Legislator Logs , 2002, 2005, 2007-2015

2002, 2005, 2007-2015

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Local newspapers, 1981, 1999-2009, 2014

Legislative Records , 1999-2009, 2014

1999-2001

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2002-2004

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2006-2009

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2014

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The Muhlenberg County Sun , 1981

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Messenger-Inquirer , 2003-2005

Changing Times , 2003

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Connections , 2004

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Decades , 2005

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Session bills, 2002-2015

The Session bills series comprises documentation of legislative bills drafted during Kentucky assembly sessions between 2002 and 2015. The series is arranged chronologically.

2000-2004

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2006-2013

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2015

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For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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