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Gilbert W. Kingsbury Collection, 1952-1964

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Title

Gilbert W. Kingsbury Collection

Date

1952-1964

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Correspondence, Subject files, WLW Radio, Newspaper article, Photograph. The Correspondence Series is arranged chronologically under Personal Name and by subject under Subject Name subseries. The Subject Files Series are arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically. the Radio and Photograph series are each arranged chronologically. The Newspaper Article Series is arranged chronologically under three different titles.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

82M2: [Identification of item], Gilbert W. Kingsbury Papers, 1952-1964, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

6.0 Cubic feet

Biography/History

Gilbert W. Kingsbury was born in Covington, Kentucky on April 27, 1909. He graduated from Holmes High School in Covington and then attended the University of Kentucky, graduating in 1933 with majors in economics and journalism. In 1942, Kingsbury joined the staff of WLW Radio as an assistant editor in the newsroom. In 1944, he was promoted to editor. In October, 1945, he was given the position of WLW Washington Bureau Chief. He became vice-president for public relations for Crosley Broadcasting (WLW's parent company) in July, 1953. Ten years later in 1963, Kingsbury was appointed as Crosley's vice-president in charge of news operations. He left his position with Crosley a year later to accept a post as Deputy Commissioner to Kentucky Highway Commissioner, Henry Ward. It was not his first experience in state government. During the 1958-1960 sessions, he served in the Kentucky General Assembly as member from Kenton County. In 1961 he had served as acting director of the Division of Tourist and Travel Promotion. Kingsbury was actively involved in promoting Democratic party candidates both statewide and in his native Northern Kentucky. He participated in the successful gubernatorial campaigns of Bert Combs and Edward T. Breathitt. On the national level, Kingsbury served as administrative assistant to two United States Senators from Kentucky- Garrett Withers and Earle C. Clements. In 1936, Kingsbury married Sylvia Phillips of Covington. They are the parents of one son, Gilbert, Jr.

Scope and Content

The papers consist of the correspondence and scripts associated with the career of Gilbert Kingsbury, a journalist. Under the Correspondence Series there are folders on the Kentucky Department of Highways, Cattie Lou Miller, and Morehead State College. The subject series contains folders on the Breathitt gubernatorial campaign, the Christopher Gist Historical society, the Combs-Wyatt Administration, Council on Higher Education, University of Kentucky Northern Center, and many other topics.

The Personalities in Government scripts in the Radio Series contain profiles of important Kentuckians or national figures including the following: E. T. Benson, H. H.Burton, Robert Byrd, Frank Chelf, Earle Clements, Maime Eisenhower, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Claire Booth Luce, Arch A. Moore, Rogers Morton, Thruston Morton, William Natcher, Richard Nixon, Gene Snyder, Brent Spence, Elvis Stahr and John C. Watts.

Subjects

  • Crosley Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Kentucky Council on Higher Education.
  • Kentucky. Dept. of Highways.
  • Morehead State College (Ky.)
  • University of Kentucky. Northern Center.
  • WLW (Radio station: Cincinnati)
  • Kentucky--Politics and government--1951-
  • United States--Politics and government--1953-1961.
  • Benson, Ezra Taft.
  • Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-
  • Burton, Harold H. (Harold Hitz), 1888-1964.
  • Byrd, Robert C.
  • Chelf, Frank Leslie, 1907-
  • Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985
  • Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991
  • Eisenhower, Mamie Doud, 1896-
  • Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B., (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
  • Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-
  • Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987.
  • Miller, Cattie Lou.
  • Moore, Arch Alfred, 1923-
  • Morton, Rogers C. B., (Rogers Clark Ballard), 1914-1979
  • Morton, Thruston B., (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982
  • Natcher, William Huston, 1909-
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
  • Snyder, Gene, 1928-
  • Spence, Brent, 1874-1967.
  • Stahr, Elvis J. (Elvis Jacob), 1916-
  • Watts, John Clarence, 1902-1971.
  • Radio journalism--Kentucky--Lexington.

Collection Inventory

I Correspondence Series
Scope and Content Note:

The Correspondence Series is divided into three subseries: personal name, Invitations and Thank you's, and Subject name. All of the subseries are arranged alphabetically and chronologically by the surname of the correspondent.

i Personal Name
1961
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
1962
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
1963
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
1964
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
ii Invitations and Thank You's
1957-1964
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
iii Subject Name
Joint Alumni Council of Kentucky, January 1960
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Kentucky Colonel Commissions, 1960-1964
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Kentucky Department of Highways, 1961-1962
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
McCaffrey, Joseph, January 1959-February 1962
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Miller, Cattie Lou, January 1961-July 1963
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
Morehead State College, June 1960
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
II Subject File Series
Scope and Content Note:

The Subject File Series contains correspondence and information Kingsbury collected on organizations in which he was involved and topics in which he was interested. The subject folders are arranged alphabetically by topic, and in the case of correspondence, alphabetically by the surname of the correspondent.

Blue Ridge Assembly, Correspondence, 1962-1964
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Blue Ridge Assembly, Personnel Committee Memos, 1962-1963
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Blue RIdge Assembly, General Memos and Publications, 1957-1963
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Boy Scouts of America, June 1957-January 1963
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Breathitt, Edward T., Correspondence, September 1962-February 1964
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Breathitt, Edward T., Primary Campaign Material, 1963
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Breathitt, Edward T., Gubernatorial Campaign Material, 1963
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Chamberlain, Howard, Biographical Sketch, 1955
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Chicago Theological Seminary, Correspondence, 1962-1963
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Chicago Theological Seminary, Reports and Publications, 1962-1964
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
Christopher Gist Historical Society, 1957-1958
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
Christopher Gist Historical Society, 1959-1961
[Box: 2, Folder: 12]
Christopher Gist Historical Society, 1962-1964
[Box: 2, Folder: 13]
Cincinnati Bond Issue, 1956
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Clements, Earle C., November 1955-November 1960
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
Combs-Wyatt Administration, 1958
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Combs-Wyatt Administration, 1960-1961
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
Combs-Wyatt Administration, 1962-1963
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Commission on Human Rights, 1960-1962
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
Committee for Constitution Improvement, 1960
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
Community Pride Development Program, 1960-1961
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
Community Pride Development Program, 1962
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
Community Pride Development Program, 1963, (1964)
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Congratulations and Thank You's, 1963
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
Congressional Race (4th District), 1962
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
Congressional Re-districting, 1962
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
Council on Higher Education, 1963-1964
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Cumberland Parkway, 1961
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
Fort Mitchell Country Club, 1956
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
Fort Mitchell Country Club, 1957-1963
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
IRS Regional Office, 1961-1962
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
Kentucky League of Building, Savings and Loan Associations, 1961
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
Kentucky League of Building, Savings and Loan Associations, 1962-1963
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
Kentucky Turnpikes, 1961-1962
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
Kingsbury, Gilbert W., Biographical Sketches, ca. 1953, 1961, 1963
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
Lyons, Ruth, Biographical Sketch, Undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
Middendorf, Don G., Crosley Broadcasting Personnel Director, 1957-1963
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
University of Kentucky Northern Center, 1955-1963
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
III WLW Radio Series
Scope and Content Note:

The WLW Radio Series consists of two sub-groups. The first groups of records are only in oone folder which contains biographical sketches written by Marietta Drake in 1951 for use on WLW Radio. The sketches are arranged alphabetically by subject. The second group is larger and consists of broadcast scripts for the WLW program "Personalities in Your Government". Emphasis of the scripts is on natives of the Ohio Valley of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio who held positions with the federal government. The scripts are arranged in order by broadcast date. Correspondence dealing with the broadcasts in 1962 and 1963 can be found following the scripts for those years. The following is a list of prominent Kentuckians and other national figures whose "profiles" appear in the "Personalities in Your Government" files. The names are listed alphabetically with the date of the broadcast following.

KENTUCKIANS

Dr. Richard C. Arnold, August 9, 1959; Frank Chelf, August 1, 1954; Earle C. Clements, March 31, 1953, July 11, 1955; Lawrence G. Derthick, May 12, 1957, November 22, 1959; C. Burke Elbrick, March 23, 1958; Beardsley Graham, May 13, 1963; Lt. General Barksdal hamlett, June 18, 1961; Harvey H. Hannah, July 22, 1962; Clarence L. Miller, January 6, 1957; Rogers C.B. Morton, January 6, 1962; Thruston Morton, December 23, 1952, March 1, 1959, June 5, 1960; William H. Natcher, January 17, 1954; Pearl Carter Pace, March 14, 1954; Ben T. Perry III, December 27, 1959; David M. Pettus, August 18, 1957; Edwin Reynolds Price, November 8, 1953; James T. Ramey, September 23, 1956; Gene Snyder, March 31, 1963; Brent Spence, July 18, 1954; Elvis J. Stahr, June 16, 1957; April 2, 1961; Harry S. Traynor, February 24, 1963; John Walsh, March 21, 1961; John C. Watts, January 31, 1954, March 11, 1956; November 2, 1958; Frank Welch, July 21, 1961; James Wine October 21, 1962

OTHERS

Ezra Taft Benson, May 24, 1953; Harold H. Burton, August 30, 1953; Robert Byrd, January 27, 1953, May 20, 1956; Mamie Eisenhower, May 2, 1954; J. Edgar Hoover, April 3, 1955, Lyndon B. Johnson, September 27, 1953, December 26, 1954; Henry Cabot Lodge, February 27, 1955; Claire Booth Luce, April 10, 1955; Arch C. Moore, Jr., April 14, 1957; Richard M. Nixon, December 27, 1953, October 30, 1955, April 21, 1957; Rose Mary Woods, December 8, 1957

i Biographical Sketches by Marietta Dake
1951
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
ii "Personalities in Your Government" Broadcast Scripts
August 1952-December 1952
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
January 1953-April 1953
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
May 1953-August 1953
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
September 1953-December 1953
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
January 1954-April 1954
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
May 1954-August 1954
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
September 1954-December 1954
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
January 1955-April 1955
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
May 1955-August 1955
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
September 1955-December 1955
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
January 1956-April 1956
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
May 1956-August 1956
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
September 1956-December 1956
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
January 1957-April 1957
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
May 1957-August 1957
[Box: 8, Folder: 5]
September 1957-December 1957
[Box: 8, Folder: 6]
January 1958-April 1958
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
May 1958-August 1958
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
September 1958-December 1958
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
January 1959-April 1959
[Box: 9, Folder: 4]
May 1959-August 1959
[Box: 9, Folder: 5]
September 1959-December 1959
[Box: 9, Folder: 6]
January 1960-April 1960
[Box: 9, Folder: 7]
May 1960-August 1960
[Box: 9, Folder: 8]
September 1960-December 1960
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
January 1961-April 1961
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
May 1961-August 1961
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
September 1961-December 1961
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
(January, February 1962), May 1962-August 1962
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
September 1962-December 1962
[Box: 10, Folder: 6]
Correspondence 1962
[Box: 10, Folder: 7]
January 1963-May 1963
[Box: 10, Folder: 8]
Correspondence January 1963-May 1963
[Box: 10, Folder: 9]
IV Newspaper Article Series
Kentucky Enquirer Articles 1960
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
Kentucky Enquirer Articles 1961-1962
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
Kentucky Post Articles (1961) 1962-1963
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
"Kentuckians in Washington" March-December 1954
[Box: 11, Folder: 4]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1955
[Box: 11, Folder: 5]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1956
[Box: 11, Folder: 6]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1957
[Box: 11, Folder: 7]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1958
[Box: 11, Folder: 8]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1959
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1960
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
"Kentuckians in Washington" 1961
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
"Kentuckians in Washington" January-July 1963
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
V Photograph Series
Scope and Content Note:

The Photograph Series is contained in one box. Each envelope in the box is numbered to match the list below. Each envelope carries the same description as the list.

8 X 10, B & W, Bombing of Pearl Harbor. Photograph taken by Japanese plane as the first bomb is dropped. Letter from Glenn Clark Miller to Russell Manuel dated February 25, 1949, is attached
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
8 X 10, B & W, Portrait. Gilbert Kingsbury. ca.1953. 3 copies
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
Proof sheet from photo session. Gilbert Kingsbury. ca. 1963
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
8 X 10, B & W, Portrait. Gilbert Kingsbury. ca. 1963. 4 copies
[Box: 13, Folder: 4]
Same as no. 4, additional 4 copies
[Box: 13, Folder: 5]
8 X 10, B & W, Portrait. Gilbert Kingsbury. ca. 1963. 5 copies
[Box: 13, Folder: 6]
Mats (2) for newspaper columns
[Box: 13, Folder: 7]

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