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Lawrence W. Wetherby papers, 1926-1958, 1950-1955 (bulk dates)

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Lawrence W. Wetherby papers


1926-1958, 1950-1955 (bulk dates)


University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized into the following series: Clippings, Correspondence, Executive Orders, Photographs, Press Releases, Speech, Subject File, Oversized & Rolled Materials, Appointment & Published Books, and Scrapbooks. The Subject File Series is arranged alphabetically by topic and thereunder chronologically. The Oversized & Rolled Materials Series is arranged by type of material (Maps, Legislative Digest, etc.). The Appointment and Published Books Series is arranged alphabetically by title. All other series are arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Lawrence W. Wetherby papers, 1926-1958, 1950-1955 (bulk dates), 1M82M8, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


19.8 cubic ft. (51 boxes), 13 volumes.


Governor. Born in Middletown, Ky, Wetherby was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ky. in 1947, and became the state's 48th Governor in 1950 when Governor Clements was elected to the U.S. Senate. The following year, Wetherby was elected to a full term, during which time he encouraged public education, conservation measures, and mental health reforms. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on school desegregation in 1954 was supported by Wetherby. In 1956 Wetherby was defeated in the U.S. Senate race by Republican John Sherman Cooper.

Scope and Content

These are primarily the papers of Lawrence Wetherby while governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The materials consist of correspondence, speeches, executive orders, photographs, press releases, newspaper clippings, editorials, election results, campaign literature, political cartoons, scrapbooks, appointment books, printed books, and other miscellaneous documents. The correspondence covers a wide range of topics with green carbon copies of letters to Earle C. Clements, A.B. Chandler, John Sherman Cooper, Dwight Eisenhower, Estes Kefauver, Carl Perkins, Thomas Underwood, Fred Vinson, John Watts, Garrett Withers and many others. The subject of the letters is recorded by hand in the corner of most correspondence. The absence of many of these subjects in the subject file indicates that the file is incomplete.

The topics listed in the subject file include: Attorney General, executive budget, campaigns, insurance, legislature, politics, senatorial vacancy, and toll roads. A few executive orders and pink carbon copies of letters written by Wetherby's predecessor, Earle C. Clements, are also included. The photographs portray Alben Barkley, Earle Clements, Mrs. Helen Wetherby, "Doc" Beauchamp and others fraternizing with Wetherby at sporting and political events, as well as family gatherings. The thirteen scrapbooks, compiled by Frank G. Drewry, use articles from the COURIER-JOURNAL and the LOUISVILLE TIMES to document Governor Wetherby's administration.


  • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
  • Beauchamp, Emerson, 1899-1971.
  • Chandler, Happy, 1898-
  • Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985.
  • Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
  • Perkins, Carl Dewey, 1912-1984.
  • Underwood, Tom R. (Tom Rust), 1898-1956.
  • Vinson, Fred M, 1890-1953.
  • Watts, John C. (John Clarence), 1902-1971.
  • Withers, Garrett Lee, 1884-1953.
  • Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908-
  • Kentucky.--Attorney General's Office.
  • Kentucky.--General Assembly.
  • Elections--Kentucky.
  • Insurance law.
  • Toll roads--Kentucky.
  • Governors--Correspondence.
  • Kentucky--Politics and government.
  • Photoprints.
  • Political cartoons.
  • Press releases.
  • Scrapbooks

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