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Burke (Frank W.) papers,1958-1980

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Burke (Frank W.) papers




University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[identification of item], Burke (Frank W.) papers, University of Louisville University Archives and Records Center.


0.5 linear feet


Frank Welsh Burke was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 1, 1920. He attended parochial schools and St. Xavier High School in Louisville. He then attended the University of Southern California; graduated in 1942 from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1942 and earned a J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1948, after serving in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946.

Burke was admitted to the bar in 1948 and began practicing law in Louisville. He served as assistant city attorney of Louisville in 1950 and 1951, director of public safety of Louisville in 1952 and executive assistant to the mayor of Louisville in 1952 and 1953. He was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives where he served from 1957 to 1958. He was then elected as a Democrat from Kentucky's Third District to the Eighty-sixth and Eighty-seventh Congresses, January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1963. After an unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 1962, he returned to Louisville, where he served as mayor from 1969 to 1973. In 2000 he continued to reside in Louisville, where he practiced law in the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs

Scope and Content

This small collection (.5 linear feet) of correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia dating from 1958 to 1980 consists mainly of invitations to important events such as inaugurations, correspondence regarding special events, and notes of congratulations. The collection was organized chronologically according to Burke's career, with congressional material first, followed by mayoral material. General and miscellaneous material is the last grouping.

The correspondence includes signed letters from Senator and President John F. Kennedy, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House John McCormack, Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Peace Corps Director R. Sargent Shriver, Congressmen Carl Albert, Hale Boggs, and Daniel Inoye.


  • Burke, Frank W., 1920- .
  • Kennedy, John F., 1917-1963.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B., 1908-1973.
  • United States. Congress.
  • Mayors --Louisville (Ky.)
  • Local government --Louisville (Ky.)
  • Municipal government --Louisville (Ky.)
  • Legislators --United States.
  • Louisville (Ky.) --Mayors.

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been transferred to University of Louisville.

Collection Inventory

Congressional - Voting Attendance Records, 1958-1962
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Congressional - Correspondence, 1958-1962
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Congressional - Inauguration invitation, program, guidebook, 1961
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Congressional - Photographs, [1958-1962]
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Congressional - Clippings, 1962
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Congressional - Miscellaneous invitation, programs, 1959-1962
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Mayoral - Certificate of election, Inauguration program and speech, 1969
[box: 1, folder: 7]
Mayoral - Correspondence, 1970-1971
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Mayoral - Photograph, 1971
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Mayoral - Speech, 1973
[box: 1, folder: 10]
General - Correspondence, 1958, 1963, [1977-1980]
[box: 1, folder: 11]
General - Presidential inaugurations, 1965, 1977
[box: 1, folder: 12]
General - Political memorabilia, "Kennedy for President" bumper stickers, 1960
[box: 1, folder: 13]

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