Noble Jones Gregory papers

Abstract

The Noble Jones Gregory papers (dated 1884-1979; 42.4 cubic feet; 79 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, legislative files, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Noble Jones Gregory's career as the 1st district U.S. Congressman from Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Noble Jones Gregory papers
Extent
42.4 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Agricultural laws and legislation.
Bills, Legislative.
Education and state
Politicians -- Correspondence.
Public works -- Kentucky -- Paducah.
Social security -- Law and legislation.
Taxation.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Ashley Knight and Gary Chaffee
Preferred Citation
59m121 : [identification of item], Noble Jones Gregory papers, 1884-1979, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
U.S. Congressman, Noble Jones Gregory was born in Mayfield, Kentucky in 1897. He graduated from Mayfield Business College and went to work in the First national Bank of Mayfield, serving as a bookkeeper, cashier, and trust officer from 1917 to 1936. He was elected secretary-treasurer of the Mayfield Board of Education in 1923 and continued in that post until 1936. He also managed his brother Voris' campaigns for Congress from 1926 to 1936. Voris had succeeded Alben Barkley as First District Congressman when the future Vice-President had won election to the Senate. When Voris died suddenly during a campaign in 1936, Noble was chosen to run in his brother's stead. Noble was elected, serving the district until 1958. During his tenure in the House, Noble served on the committees for Post Offices and Post Roads, Internal Revenue, Taxation,d Foreign Affairs, and Ways and Means. Gregory died in 1971.
Scope and Content
The Noble Jones Gregory papers (dated 1884-1979; 42.4 cubic feet; 79 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, legislative files, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Noble Jones Gregory's career as the 1st district U.S. Congressman from Kentucky. The papers contain correspondence with constituents and publications concerning general legislation (agriculture, Robinson-Patman Bill, social security, taxation, etc.) and Gregory sponsored public (H.R. 5599) and private bills (Juliette Watson bill). There are also folders on topics of special interest to Gregory's district such as sewer plant aid in Paducah. The following are congressmen and other significant Kentuckians who corresponded with Gregory on the topics in parenthesis: Harry Byrd, Willard S. Curtin (Hospitals), Mark Ethridge, John E. Fogerty (Hospitals), Orin Harris (Natural Gas), Wilbur D. Mills (Taxation), William H. Natcher (Budget), and Melvin Price.

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

Congressional, 1933-1972

This series contains materials that date from 1933-1972. Topics range from correspondence between Gregory and his political counterparts and constitutents; various legislation, bills and house resolutions Gregory sponsored or in which he took an interest; and Gregory's activities as part of the committees for the Post Offices and Post Roads, Internal Revenue, Taxation, Foreign Affairs, and Ways and Means.

Agriculture, 1958

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Bald Eagle Bill, 1958

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1933-1940

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1954-1959

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1961-1972

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Chrome Ore Stockpiling, HR 569, SR 304, 1958

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Hospital Construction Housing Act, 1956

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Internal Revenue Code, HR 5599, 1957

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Human Slaughter Bill, HR 8308, report #706, 1957-1958

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Indecent Literature, HR 2542, 3663, 1957

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Legislation -- Agriculture, 1957

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Legislation -- Civil Service, 1957-1958

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Legislation -- Cooperative Tax, HR 4765, 1958

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Legislation -- Corn Acreage Shortage, Soil Bank Program, 1958

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Legislation -- Education, 1957

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Legislation -- Education, 1958

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Legislation -- Education, King-Jenkins Bill, HR 4662, 1958

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Legislation -- Education, Elliot Bill 13247, HR 10763, Murray-Metcalfe, S3311, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Legislation -- Education, Elliot Bill 13247, Murray-Metcalfe, HR 10763, S3311, 1958

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Legislation -- Emergency Conservation Measures, HR 12437, Cooper S 3853, 1958

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Legislation -- Excise Tax, General, 1957-1958

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Legislation -- Fluorspar, 1951-1958

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Legislation -- General, A-K, 1957

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Legislation -- General, L-Z, 1957

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Legislation -- General, A-K, 1958

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Legislation -- General, L-Z, 1958

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Legislation -- Health Bills, 1957-1958

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Legislation -- Hospital Aid Bill, HR 10610 (Gaither), 1958

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Legislation -- Library Services Act, HR 11645, 1958

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Legislation -- Milk, Reduction of Price Support, 1958

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Legislation -- National Guard Reduction, 1958

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Legislation -- Natural Gas, HR 8525, 1957

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Legislation -- Natural Gas, 1958

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Legislation -- Postal, 85th Congress, 1958

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Legislation -- Railroad, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Legislation -- Railroad, form letter on HR 12488, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Legislation -- Reporting Employee Welfare Plan, HR 13507 Bosch Amendment, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Legislation -- Small business, HR 10527, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Legislation -- Smathers Amendment, Excise Tax; Transportation, HR 7125, HR 12695 to Conference, 1958 June 23

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Legislation -- Social Security, Hospital Insurance; Forand Bill, HR 9467, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Legislation -- Social Security, Lumpsum Death Payments, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Legislation -- Social Security, Doctors, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Legislation -- Taxation, HR 5737 and 8737 (Curtis), 1958

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Legislation -- Televisions, Pay, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Legislation -- Tobacco, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Legislation -- Unemployment Compensation, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 12
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Legislation -- Water Pollution, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Legislation -- Watson, Juliette G, HR 11M876, 1958

  • Box 5, folder 14
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Labor Bills, 1958

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Library Services Act, 1957

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Liquor, 1957-1958

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Postal, 1957

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Railroad, 1957

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Reciprocal Trade, 1957-1958

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Robinson-Patman, HR 11 Anti- Good Faith Amendment, 1957-1958

  • Box 6, folder 7
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Sewer Plant Aid Bill, Paducah HR 30121, 1957

  • Box 7, folder 1
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Social Security, 1957-1958

  • Box 7, folder 2
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Social Security for Self-Employed; Dentist, Income Tax, Jenkins-Keogh bill, HR 9 and 10, 1957-1958

  • Box 7, folder 3
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Spain NATO, HR 101, 1957

  • Box 7, folder 4
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Taxation -- Amendment, Revenue Code; HR 9119, Sadlack-Herlong Bill, 1957-1958

  • Box 7, folder 5
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Taxation -- Banks: Savings and Loan Assocation, Equalization of Tax; HR 8727, Curtis Bill, 1957-1958

  • Box 7, folder 6
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Taxation -- General, 1957-1958

  • Box 7, folder 7
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Veterans, 1957-1958

  • Box 7, folder 8
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Family, 1884-1979

The Family series contains materials that date from 1894-1971, and is divided into two sections: Correspondence and Diaries. The correspondence documents communications between Gregory, family members, friends, and casual greetings from Gregory's political contemporaries. The diaries contain writings and observations chiefly from Gregory's daughter Marion Hale Gregory (Petitt), Gregory's wife Marion Sr., and Gregory's mother-in-law Mrs. W.L. Hale. Researchers may find the extensive and detailed letters from Gregory to his daughter from Washington, D.C. during his tenure on the Ways and Means Committee of particular interest, as well as official White House correspondence and invitations for various Washington functions from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations.

Correspondence, 1894 October 28 - 1924 August 6

  • Box 8, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1924 August 9 - 1939 April 11

  • Box 8, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1939 April 30 - 1948 April 2

  • Box 8, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1948 April 4 - 1949 January 20

  • Box 8, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1949 January 20 - 1951 February 10

  • Box 8, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1951 February 14 - 1952 March 19

  • Box 9, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1952 March 24 - October 14

  • Box 9, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1952 October 17 - November 1

  • Box 9, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1952 November 1-29

  • Box 9, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1952 December 9 - 1953 February 18

  • Box 9, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1953 February 22 - May 11

  • Box 9, folder 6
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Correspondence, 1953 May 13 - August 5

  • Box 10, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1953 August 11 - 1954 January 9

  • Box 10, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1954 January 10 - May 2

  • Box 10, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1954 June 2 - 1955 October 7

  • Box 10, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1955 October 8 - 1956 August 3

  • Box 10, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1956 August 5 - December 28

  • Box 11, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1956 December 27 - 1957 January 9

  • Box 11, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1957 January 11 - February 12

  • Box 11, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1957 April 30 - May 29

  • Box 11, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1957 June 9 - 1958 March 15

  • Box 11, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1958 March 16-20

  • Box 12, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1958 March 20 - April 2

  • Box 12, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1958 April 6 - December 31

  • Box 12, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1959 January 8 - 1960 May 16

  • Box 12, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1960 May 19 - 1971 September 26

  • Box 12, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1971 September 26-27

  • Box 12, folder 6
  • Box 13, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1971 September 28

  • Box 13, folder 2-3
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Correspondence, 1971 September 29

  • Box 13, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1971 September 29-30

  • Box 13, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1971 September 30-October 1

  • Box 14, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1971 October 2-3

  • Box 14, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1971 October 3-4

  • Box 14, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1971 October 5-6

  • Box 14, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1971 October 7-12

  • Box 14, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1971 October 12-November 10

  • Box 15, folder 1
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Correspondence, circa 1971 September

  • Box 15, folder 2-3
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Correspondence, circa 1971 September -1979

  • Box 15, folder 4
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Correspondence, circa 1950s-1970s

  • Box 15, folder 5
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Diaries -- Account Book, 1884-1885

  • Box 16, folder 1
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Diaries -- Baby Book, 1931 March 22 - 1933 September 5

  • Box 16, folder 2
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Diaries, 1938 January 1 - 1939 October 23

  • Box 16, folder 3
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Diaries, 1941 January 3 - February 1

  • Box 16, folder 4
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Diaries, 1941 January 1 - 1942 March 31

  • Box 16, folder 5
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Diaries, 1944 January 1 - February 11

  • Box 17, folder 1
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Diaries, 1946 August 1 - 1947 October

  • Box 17, folder 2
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Diaries, 1947 February 11 - May 9

  • Box 17, folder 3
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Diaries--Marion Gregory, Sr., 1949 September 12-15

  • Box 17, folder 4
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Diaries -- Mrs. W. L. Hale, 1955 January 1 - 1957 December 19

  • Box 18, folder 1
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Diaries -- Mrs. W. L. Hale, Notes and Poems, 1956 February 29 - 1958 January 28

  • Box 18, folder 2
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Diaries -- Marion Gregory, Sr., 1958 June 8 - 1964

  • Box 18, folder 3
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Miscellaneous, 1937-1972, undated

The Miscellaneous Series contains a vast array of materials belonging to Gregory, Marion Hale Gregory (Pettit) and other Gregory family members that date from ca. 1894-1971. Materials include a variety of ephemera (postcards, magazines, playbills, concert programs, poems, church materials, dinner menus, maps) and three-dimensional objects and realia (pocket knives, bibles, school books, locks of hair, small paintings, Washington D.C. memorabilia, Daughters of the American Revolution materials, and travel mementos).

Church Bulletins, 1959 July 12 - 1971 October 17

  • Box 19, folder 1
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Congressional materials, 1948 - 1972 January 13

  • Box 19, folder 2
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Drawings, Executive Coloring Book, undated

  • Box 19, folder 3
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Horse racing, undated

  • Box 19, folder 4
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Hotel Room Service, undated

  • Box 19, folder 5
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Inspirational Books, undated

  • Box 20, folder 1
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Inspirational Books, undated

  • Box 20, folder 2
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Magazines, 1940 September 16 - 1950 January 2

  • Box 20, folder 3
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Magazines, 1951 November 24 - 1952 October 3

  • Box 20, folder 4
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Magazines, 1952 October 10 - 1954 March 8

  • Box 20, folder 5
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Memorial Register, William Gregory and Noble Jones Gregory, 1910 December 1 - 1971 September 26

  • Box 21, folder 1
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Memorial Register, Marion Gregory, 1975 February 8

  • Box 21, folder 2
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Opera, Symphony and Choir, 1953 April 27 - 1957 February 28

  • Box 21, folder 3
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Playbills, 1952 January 21 - 1955 August 1

  • Box 21, folder 4
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Playbills, 1955 November 14 - 1956 December 24

  • Box 21, folder 5
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Playbills, 1957 October 14 - 1958 January

  • Box 22, folder 1
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Poems, cards, etc., undated

  • Box 22, folder 2
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Political Dinner Programs, 1937 May 17 - 1952 March 29

  • Box 22, folder 3
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Undated

  • Box 22, folder 4
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War Ration Book, 1945

  • Box 22, folder 5
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Your National Capital, 75th Congress Democratic Congressional Register, 1937

  • Box 22, folder 6
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Pocket knives, straight razor, fraternity paddle, bird egg, musical clappers

  • Box 23
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Cherry Blossom Program, Miss Sweet Briar, United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Box 24
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Le Petit Journals and Life Magazines

  • Box 25
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Dog Portrait

  • Box 26
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School Books

  • Box 27
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Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Box 28
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Bible, Barcelona Travel Book, History of the 7th Infantry Division

  • Box 29
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Calendars and School Books

  • Box 30
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Commencement Exercises, School Directories, Grade Reports

  • Box 31
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Locks of Hair, Buttons, Cloths, Presidential Pin, Thimble, Mirror

  • Box 32
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Trip to Spain

  • Box 33
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Match Books, Napkins, Nixon Ink Pen, Concert Ticket Stubs

  • Box 34
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Post Cards

  • Box 35
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Memorabilia: Congressional

  • Box 36
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Newspaper Clippings, 1923-1974

The Newspaper Clippings Series ranges from 1923-1974, covering a variety of activities of the Gregory family documented in local, national, and congressional newspapers. Topics include Gregory's political activities, family news, social events and community news, and current events.

1923 June 17 - 1938 November 9

  • Box 37, folder 1
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1939 January 3 - 1940 November 20

  • Box 37, folder 2
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1941 January 4 - 1943 May

  • Box 37, folder 3
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1944 June 2 - 1945 April 15

  • Box 37, folder 4
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1945 April 16 - 1950 November 16

  • Box 37, folder 5
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1951 February 11 - 1956 December 30

  • Box 37, folder 6
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1957 January 4 - 1963 November 28

  • Box 38, folder 1
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1965 February 15 - 1974 June 17

  • Box 38, folder 2
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Undated

  • Box 38, folder 3
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Undated

  • Box 38, folder 4
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Photographs

The Photographs series consists of several hundred photographs that document the political career and family life of Gregory from 1894-1971. The series contains mainly black and white photographs, and includes both loose photos and photos affixed in family albums. Topics include political functions, social gatherings, family holidays and vacations, family pets, school and graduations, weddings, and official Washington portraits.

Autographed and Political Photographs

  • Box 39
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Family Photographs and Noble Jones Gregory Portraits

  • Box 40
  • Box 41
  • Box 42
  • Box 43
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Portraits of Marion Hale Gregory (Pettit), Azalee Gregory, and family photographs

  • Box 44
  • Box 45
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Portrait of William Gregory and Certificate of Kentucky Colonel to Noble Jones Gregory

  • Box 46
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Autographed and Family Photographs

  • Box 47
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Family Photographs

  • Box 48
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Autographed, Family, and Political Photographs

  • Box 49
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Family Photographs

  • Box 50
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Portraits of Marion Hale Gregory (Pettit) and Family Photographs

  • Box 51
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Family Photographs

  • Box 52
  • Box 53
  • Box 54
  • Box 55
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Albums: Miscellaneous Ephemera

  • Box 56
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Albums

  • Box 57
  • Box 58
  • Box 59
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Photographs from Albums 1 and 5

  • Box 60
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Photographs from Albums 1, 2, 3, 7, 14

  • Box 61
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Albums

  • Box 62
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Photographs from Albums 1, 2, 4, 6

  • Box 63
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Photographs from Albums 7 and 8

  • Box 64
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Photographs from Albums 8, 9, 10, 11,13, 14, 15, 16

  • Box 65
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Committee Ways and Means portrait, House of Representatives, June 26, 1956

  • Folder 1
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Scrapbooks, 1936-1960

The Scrapbook Series consists of approximately fourteen scrapbooks of various sizes and shapes dating from 1894-1971. Most of the scrapbooks were compiled and constructed by Gregory's daughter Marion Hale Gregory (Pettit), although a few of scrapbooks belonged to either Gregory's wife Marion Hale Gregory Sr., or Gregory's mother-in-law Mrs. W.L. Hale. The scrapbooks contain a wide variety of emphemera, including notes, letters, drawings, photos, poems, autographs, travel momentos, maps, matchbooks, menus, napkins, and the like. Of interest to some researchers might be scrapbooks from both Marion Hale Gregory Sr. and her daughter that detail campus life during their college days at Sweet Briar College in the early 20th century. Note: some loose items from the scrapbooks have been rehoused and sleeved due to preservation concerns. The original scrapbook location of these items have been documented.

Scrapbook 1: Newspaper Clippings of Washington D.C., George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fashion, Movie Stars; Scrapbook 8: Outlines a Trip, Postcards, 1936-1937

  • Box 71
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Scrapbook 2: Poetry and Prose, Christmas Card List, Kentucky and Washington D.C. Contacts; Scrapbook 3: Newspaper Clippings Know Your Dogs; Scrapbook 13: Guest Book from Noble Jones Gregory's Office

  • Box 75
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Scrapbook 4: Memorabilia from Shorter College, Post Cards, Greeting Cards, Newspaper Clippings, 4-Leaf Clovers, Fan, Wedding Present List, 1923

  • Box 72
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Scrapbook 5: Newspaper Clippings, Drawings, Letters, Water Colors,White House Invitations

  • Box 70
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Scrapbook 6: Memorabilia from Sweet Briar College, Notes, Ticket Stubs, Newspaper Clippings, Matchbooks, Playbills, Letter from Secretary of State (KY) George Glenn Hatcher, Pressed Flowers, Photographs, Cards, Cigarette Boxes, 1947-1949

  • Box 73
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Scrabpook 7: Memorabilia from Sweet Briar College, Cigarette Boxes, Ticket Stubs, Programs, Letters, Newspaper Clippings, Matchbooks, Earrings, Pressed Flowers, Memorabilia, 1949

  • Box 74
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Scrapbook 8: Postcards

  • Box 77
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Scrapbook 9: Postcards, 1947-1948

  • Box 76
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Scrapbook 9: Newspaper Clippings, Ticket Stubs, Playbills, Cards, Pressed Flowers, Telegrams, Postcards, Name Cards, Naval Pin, Political Invitations, 1947-1948

  • Box 68
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Scrapbook 10: Newspaper Clippings of Marion Hale Gregory (Pettit) and Harrison Foster Pettit Engagement and Wedding Announcements, Telegrams, Playbills, White House Invitations, and Photographs, 1956-1960

  • Box 69
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Scrapbook 10: Postcards and Family Photographs, 1956-1960

  • Box 78
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Scrapbook 11: Pressed Flowers, Tickets, Programs, Presidential Inauguration Program 1945, Name Cards, President Truman White House Invitation

  • Box 66
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Scrapbook 12: Letters and Newspaper Clippings

  • Box 67
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Scrapbook 12: Family Photographs

  • Box 79
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