Andrew J. May papers

Abstract

The Andrew J. May papers (dated 1899-1998, bulk 1931-1959; 20.24 cubic feet; 45 boxes) comprise correspondence, subject files, newspapers, and photographs that document Andrew J. May's career as a lawyer and Kentucky Congressman for the House of Representatives (1931-1947).

Descriptive Summary

Title
Andrew J. May papers
Creator
May, Andrew Jackson, 1875-1959
Extent
20.24 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946
Military education -- United States.
Correspondence.
Lawyers -- Kentucky.
Chemical warfare -- Safety measures
Labor disputes
United States -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Arrangement
Collection arranged into eight series: Correspondence; Congressional; Professional, Personal; Newspaper and newspaper clipping; Maps, blueprints, and posters; Photographs; and Recordings.
Finding Aid Author
Seth Newell
Preferred Citation
2013ms0746: [identification of item], Andrew J. May papers, 1899-1998, bulk 1931-1959, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lawyer and Congressman Andrew Jackson A.J. May (1875-1959) was born near Prestonburg, Kentucky, in 1875 to John May and Julia Mayo May. May, along with his twin brother William, graduated from Southern Normal University Law School in Huntingdon, Tennessee, and entered the Kentucky bar in 1898. May and his brother opened their law practice May & May in Prestonburg; the partnership lasted until William May's death in 1921. In addition, to this law practice, A.J. May served as a Floyd County attorney (1901-1909) and special judge of Johnson and Martin Counties (1925-1926). Active in Democratic politics, he was elected to the House of Representatives for Kentucky's, now defunct, 10th District in 1931 as a New Deal Democrat. He served in Congress until 1947. During World War II, he was the Chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee. Following the war, he was convicted of bribery relating to his position on the committee and relationship with war munitions manufacturers Murray and Henry Garrson. He served nine months in prison from December 5, 1949 until September 18, 1950. After his release, he continued to practice law in Kentucky until his death on September 6, 1959.
Scope and Content
The Andrew J. May papers (dated 1899-1998, bulk 1931-1959; 20.24 cubic feet; 45 boxes) comprise correspondence, subject files, newspapers, and photographs that document Andrew J. May's career as a lawyer and Kentucky Congressman for the House of Representatives (1931-1947). The Correspondence series composes the bulk of the collection. Topics include his service on the House Military Affairs Committee, labor and natural resources, political constituents, and family correspondence. Notable correspondents include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and J. Edgar Hoover. Another large portion consists of Congressional subject files dealing with the House Military Affairs Committee during World War II, personnel files, and non-military matters, such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, natural resource acquisition, labor disputes and the Big Sandy River Project. Andrew May collected the bulk of these items throughout his life and career, with some items collected by the Latta family. The photographs consist of many candid shots of May during his career in Congress as well as professional headshots. Additional formats in the collection include maps, blueprints, and a recording of an interview with May.
Notable items in the collection include the Martha Hatfield subject file (Box 23, Folder 3), a Spanish-American War veteran's widow who corresponded with May; Races of Mankind file (Box 31, Folder 1), correspondence and newspaper articles concerning a military personnel pamphlet removed from military curriculum; Chemical Warfare Service file (Box 28, Folder 14), which contains a handbook on chemical defense equipment and tactics; and multiple files concerning the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test, Operation Crossroads (Box 32, Folder 18 and Map Case 4, Drawer 12).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1899-1964, undated

The Correspondence series comprises personal, professional, and congressional correspondence received and sent by Andrew J. May. The series is arranged chronologically, with emphasis placed on significant correspondence, including letters written by May during his prison sentence, condolence concerning his wife's (Julia M. May) death, family correspondence, and legal correspondence. Notable items include condolences regarding death of Julia M. May (Box 21, Folder 4) which contains letters from recognizable political figures (such as, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and J. Edgar Hoover); and, general correspondence concerning World War II from 1939-1946 (from Box 7, Folder 3-Box 17, Folder 1).

1899-1919

  • Box 1, folder 1
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1931

  • Box 1, folder 2
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1932 January

  • Box 1, folder 3
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1932 January

  • Box 1, folder 4
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1932 February

  • Box 1, folder 5
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1932 February

  • Box 1, folder 6
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1932 March

  • Box 2, folder 1
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1932 March

  • Box 2, folder 2
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1932 April

  • Box 2, folder 3
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1932 April

  • Box 2, folder 4
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1932 May

  • Box 2, folder 5
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1932 June

  • Box 3, folder 1
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1932 July

  • Box 3, folder 2
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1932 August

  • Box 3, folder 3
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1932 September

  • Box 3, folder 4
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1932 October-December

  • Box 3, folder 5
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1933 January-February

  • Box 3, folder 6
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1933 March

  • Box 3, folder 7
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1933 April

  • Box 3, folder 8
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1933 May

  • Box 3, folder 9
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1933 June

  • Box 4, folder 1
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1933 June

  • Box 4, folder 2
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1933 July

  • Box 4, folder 3
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1933 July

  • Box 4, folder 4
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1933 August

  • Box 4, folder 5
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1933 September

  • Box 4, folder 6
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1933 October

  • Box 4, folder 7
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1933 November

  • Box 5, folder 1
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1933 November

  • Box 5, folder 2
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1933 December

  • Box 5, folder 3
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1934 January

  • Box 5, folder 4
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1934 February

  • Box 5, folder 5
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1934 March

  • Box 5, folder 6
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1934 April

  • Box 5, folder 7
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1934 May

  • Box 5, folder 8
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1934 June

  • Box 6, folder 1
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1934 July

  • Box 6, folder 2
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1934 August

  • Box 6, folder 3
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1934 September

  • Box 6, folder 4
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1934 October

  • Box 6, folder 5
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1934 November-December

  • Box 6, folder 6
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1935 January-April

  • Box 6, folder 7
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1935 May-December

  • Box 6, folder 8
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1936

  • Box 6, folder 9
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1937

  • Box 7, folder 1
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1938

  • Box 7, folder 2
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1939 January-February

  • Box 7, folder 3
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1939 March-May

  • Box 7, folder 4
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1939 August-December

  • Box 7, folder 5
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1940 January-May

  • Box 7, folder 6
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1940 June-August

  • Box 8, folder 1
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1940 September

  • Box 8, folder 2
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1940 October

  • Box 8, folder 3
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1940 October

  • Box 8, folder 4
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1940 November-December

  • Box 8, folder 5
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1941 January-February

  • Box 9, folder 1
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1941 March

  • Box 9, folder 2
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1941 April

  • Box 9, folder 3
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1941 May

  • Box 9, folder 4
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1941 June-December

  • Box 9, folder 5
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1942

  • Box 10, folder 1
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1943 January-March

  • Box 10, folder 2
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1943 April-August

  • Box 10, folder 3
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1943 September-December

  • Box 10, folder 4
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1944 January-April

  • Box 10, folder 5
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1944 May

  • Box 10, folder 6
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1944 June-July

  • Box 11, folder 1
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1944 August

  • Box 11, folder 2
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1944 September

  • Box 11, folder 3
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1944 October

  • Box 11, folder 4
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1944 November-December

  • Box 11, folder 5
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1945 January-February

  • Box 11, folder 6
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1945 March-April

  • Box 11, folder 7
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1945 May

  • Box 12, folder 1
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1945 June

  • Box 12, folder 2
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1945 June

  • Box 12, folder 3
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1945 July

  • Box 12, folder 4
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1945 July

  • Box 12, folder 5
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1945 August

  • Box 12, folder 6
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1945 August

  • Box 12, folder 7
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1945 September

  • Box 13, folder 1
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1945 September

  • Box 13, folder 2
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1945 October

  • Box 13, folder 3
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1945 October

  • Box 13, folder 4
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1945 November

  • Box 13, folder 5
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1945 November

  • Box 14, folder 1
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1945 December

  • Box 14, folder 2
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1946 January

  • Box 14, folder 3
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1946 January

  • Box 14, folder 4
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1946 January

  • Box 14, folder 5
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1946 February

  • Box 14, folder 6
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1946 February

  • Box 15, folder 1
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1946 February

  • Box 15, folder 2
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1946 March

  • Box 15, folder 3
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1946 March

  • Box 15, folder 4
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1946 March

  • Box 15, folder 5
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1946 April

  • Box 15, folder 6
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1946 April

  • Box 16, folder 1
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1946 May

  • Box 16, folder 2
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1946 May

  • Box 16, folder 3
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1946 June

  • Box 16, folder 4
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1946 June

  • Box 16, folder 5
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1946 July

  • Box 16, folder 6
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1946 October-December

  • Box 17, folder 1
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1947

  • Box 17, folder 2
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1949

  • Box 17, folder 3
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Correspondence from prison, 1949 December-1950 April

  • Box 17, folder 4
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Correspondence from prison, 1950 May-September

  • Box 17, folder 5
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1950

  • Box 18, folder 1
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1951

  • Box 18, folder 2
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1952

  • Box 18, folder 3
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1954

  • Box 18, folder 4
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1956

  • Box 18, folder 5
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1959

  • Box 18, folder 6
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undated

  • Box 18, folder 7
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Family correspondence, 1931-1945

  • Box 18, folder 8
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Family correspondence, 1946-1964

  • Box 18, folder 9
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Correspondence regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December 28-29

  • Box 19, folder 1
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Correspondence regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December 30-1943 January 11

  • Box 19, folder 2
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Telegram condolences regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December

  • Box 19, folder 3
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Convalescence, condolences, and sympathy cards regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 19, folder 5
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Condolences and sympathy cards regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 20, folder 1
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Condolences and sympathy cards regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 20, folder 2
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Condolences and sympathy cards regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 20, folder 3
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Condolences regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 20, folder 4
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Condolences and sympathy cards regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 20, folder 5
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Condolences and sympathy cards regarding death of Julia M. May, 1942 December-1943 January

  • Box 20, folder 6
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Correspondence to Olga Latta regarding her father's conviction, 1946-1949

  • Box 21, folder 1
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Correspondence regarding May's illness and death, 1959

  • Box 21, folder 2
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Correspondence regarding May's death, 1959

  • Box 21, folder 3
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Convalescence (Get well soon) cards, undated

  • Box 21, folder 4
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Legal correspondence, 1931-1946

  • Box 21, folder 5
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Congressional subject files, 1932-1957

The Congressional subject files series comprises subject files generated during the Congressional career of May. This series is split into three subseries: Personnel, Non-Military, and House Military Affairs Committee. The Personnel subseries consists of documents and correspondence concerning individuals and their political relationships to May. The Non-Military subseries documents May's early political career in the House of Representatives, as well as non-military related legislation and issues that arose during World War II. The House Military Affairs Committee contains subject files documenting May's as Chairman of the the House Military Affairs Committee, and general war information and policy before and during World War II. Notable items include J. Edgar Hoover (Box 23, Folder 6) subject file, Harry S. Truman (Box 24, Folder 4) subject file, George S. Patton (Box 24, Folder 6) subject file, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Box 24, Folder 10) subject file, Tennessee Valley Authority (Box 25, Folder 8), Opposition to Missouri Valley Authority (Box 26, Folder 10), Races of Mankind (Box 31, Folder 1), Draft extension to fathers (Box 30, Folder 2), Investigation of Pearl Harbor (Box 32, Folder 9), and Bikini Atoll atomic bomb testing (Box 32, Folder 18).

Personnel, 1933-1957

Daniel J. Anderson, 1951-1955

  • Box 21, folder 6
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Alben W. Barkley, 1939

  • Box 21, folder 7
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J.D. Battle, 1941-1945

  • Box 21, folder 8
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Francis Biddle, 1942-1945

  • Box 21, folder 9
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John E. Buckingham, 1942-1945

  • Box 21, folder 10
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Francis M. Burke and J. Erwin Sanders, 1941-1942

  • Box 21, folder 11
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Admiral Richard E. Byrd, 1945-1946

  • Box 21, folder 12
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Joseph Byrnes, 1935 June 13

  • Box 21, folder 13
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Cro C. Caudill, 1939-1941

  • Box 21, folder 14
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Cro C. Caudill, 1942-1945

  • Box 21, folder 15
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John S. Cisco of Ardmore, Oklahoma, 1933

  • Box 22, folder 1
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Earle C. Clements, 1950-1951

  • Box 22, folder 2
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Colonel William T. Coleman of Selfridge Field, 1943

  • Box 22, folder 3
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D.H. Darton, 1942-1945

  • Box 22, folder 4
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James A. Farley, 1938-1939

  • Box 22, folder 5
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David Francis, 1941-1942

  • Box 22, folder 6
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James D. Francis, 1941-1942

  • Box 22, folder 7
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James D. Francis, 1943-1944

  • Box 22, folder 8
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James D. Francis, 1945-1946

  • Box 22, folder 9
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M.C. Funk, 1942-1945

  • Box 23, folder 1
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Dr. Elmer E. Gabbard, 1937-1944

  • Box 23, folder 2
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Martha Hatfield, widow of Spanish American War veteran, 1941

  • Box 23, folder 3
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J.P. Hobson, 1937-1938

  • Box 23, folder 4
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R.E. Hodges, 1938

  • Box 23, folder 5
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J. Edgar Hoover, 1941

  • Box 23, folder 6
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Fred Howes (attorney), Paintesville, Kentucky, 1938

  • Box 23, folder 7
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Norman T. Kirk, Major General of the Surgeon General, 1946

  • Box 23, folder 8
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Frank S. Knox, Secretary of the Navy, 1942-1944

  • Box 23, folder 9
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Russell Jackson, 1934

  • Box 23, folder 10
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W.H. May, 1938-1941

  • Box 23, folder 11
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W.H. May, 1942-1943

  • Box 24, folder 1
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W.P. Mayo, 1939-1942

  • Box 24, folder 2
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Wade Thompson, 1945-1946

  • Box 24, folder 3
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President Harry S. Truman, 1945-1946

  • Box 24, folder 4
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John W. McCormack, 1946-1957

  • Box 24, folder 5
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George S. Patton, 1940 January

  • Box 24, folder 6
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General John J. Pershing, 1938-1939

  • Box 24, folder 7
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E.R. Price, 1937-1940

  • Box 24, folder 8
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Sam Rayburn, 1941 June 21

  • Box 24
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1941

  • Box 24, folder 10
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Henry L. Stimson, 1940-1941

  • Box 24, folder 11
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R.G. Wells, 1945-1946

  • Box 24, folder 12
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Harry H. Woodring, 1938

  • Box 24, folder 13
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Non-military, 1932-1953

Revenue Bill speech, 1932 April 1

  • Box 25, folder 1
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House of Representatives bill to lease Muscle Shoals properties, 1932

  • Box 25, folder 2
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From the Louisville Police Court to the Court of St. James speech, 1933 March 5

  • Box 25, folder 3
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Bingham controversy speeches, cartoons, and newspaper clippings, 1933

  • Box 25, folder 4
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Kentucky and West Virginia Gas Company, 1933

  • Box 25, folder 5
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Big Sandy River Project, 1933-1945

  • Box 25, folder 6
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Manganese and other minerals, 1935-1939

  • Box 25, folder 7
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Manganese and other minerals, 1939-1941

  • Box 26, folder 1
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Tennessee Valley Authority, 1935-1945

  • Box 25, folder 8
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Inflation and the Gold Reserve, 1936

  • Box 25, folder 9
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New Deal Works Program, 1936

  • Box 25, folder 10
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Prestonburg school building project, 1937-1938

  • Box 25, folder 11
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Peso from the Republic of Cuba, 1938

  • Box 25, folder 12
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Reorganization Bill and associated correspondence, 1938

  • Box 25, folder 13
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Certificate of election to United States House of Representatives, 1938

  • Box 41, folder 2
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Washington D.C. Administration of rent control, 1940-1942

  • Box 26, folder 2
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Notes, 1941

  • Box 26, folder 3
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Big Sandy Coal Operators Association, 1941-1945

  • Box 26, folder 4
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Columbia Gas and Electric Company and Standard Oil Company investigation, 1942

  • Box 26, folder 5
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Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company and Steel Workers Organizing Committee investigation, 1942 July 1

  • Box 26, folder 6
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Cumberland Logging Company, 1943

  • Box 26, folder 7
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Cumberland Logging Company, 1944-1945

  • Box 26, folder 8
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Flood Control Bill, 1944 November

  • Box 26, folder 9
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Certificate of election to House of Representatives, 1944 November 27

  • Box 41, folder 4
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Opposition to Missouri Valley Authority, 1945

  • Box 26, folder 10
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Big Sandy River Project, 1945

  • Box 41, folder 6
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Election to House of Representatives, 1946, 1945-1946

  • Box 27, folder 1
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Labor in Kentucky, 1945-1946

  • Box 27, folder 2
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Tennessee Natural Gas Lines, 1945-1952

  • Box 27, folder 3
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Worker's Republic speech, 1946

  • Box 27, folder 4
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Annual reports by Tennessee Natural Gas Lines Incorporated, Island Creek Coal Company, and Pond Creek Pocahontas Company, 1947-1948, 1952-1953

  • Box 27, folder 5
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Princess Elkhorn Coal Company, 1949-1950

  • Box 27, folder 6
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Speech concerning coal and government intervention in industry, undated

  • Box 27, folder 7
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House Military Affairs Committee, 1935-1946

Congressional speeches, publications, and radio addresses, 1935-1945

  • Box 28, folder 1
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Citation from World War Veterans, 1936

  • Box 28, folder 2
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May's appointment as Chairman of House Committee on Military Affairs, 1938

  • Box 28, folder 3
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Invitations to military related functions, 1939-1940

  • Box 28, folder 4
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Voting records, 1939-1945

  • Box 28, folder 5
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Court martial, 1940

  • Box 28, folder 6
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Policies on electricity, trading, and air raids, 1940

  • Box 28, folder 7
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Communication concerning World War II, 1940, undated

  • Box 28, folder 8
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Preparation for Defense program and newspaper clippings, 1940 May

  • Box 28, folder 9
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Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 signed by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1940

  • Box 41, folder 3
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Costs and explanation for determining costs of military government contract, 1940-1942

  • Box 28, folder 10
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Draft deferment, 1941

  • Box 28, folder 11
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Settlement of terminated war contracts report by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1941-1944

  • Box 28, folder 12
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House Committee on Military Affairs investigation and summary of savings, 1942

  • Box 28, folder 13
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Chemical Warfare Service, 1942

  • Box 28, folder 14
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Congressional report on the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, 1942 January 23

  • Box 29, folder 1
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Pamphlet for Inspection Trip. Wheelwright Mine, Inland Steel Company, 1942 June 8

  • Box 29, folder 2
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House Military Affairs Committee investigation of the National Defense program, 1942 June 32

  • Box 29, folder 3
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Transcript of Cincinnati Post article concerning Charles H. Elston, 1942 July 4

  • Box 29, folder 4
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House Military Affairs Committee investigation regarding conduct of military personnel, 1942 September

  • Box 29, folder 5
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C-76 airplane project, 1942-1943

  • Box 29, folder 6
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War reports and statements from World War II, 1942-1945

  • Box 29, folder 7
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House Military Affairs Committee investigations of war contracts, 1943

  • Box 29, folder 8
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N.A.R.D. journal from July 5, 1943: Article about May on page 1038, 1943

  • Box 29, folder 9
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House Military Affairs Committee deferments, 1943

  • Box 29, folder 10
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House Military Affairs Committee investigation of Fred A. Whitney and Firestone Stell Products Company, 1943

  • Box 29, folder 11
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Military demonstration information, 1943, undated

  • Box 30, folder 1
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Draft extension to fathers, 1943

  • Box 30, folder 2
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Properties acquired for housing and hospitals report by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1943 February 10

  • Box 30, folder 3
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Liberty Magazine , 1943 March 13

  • Box 30, folder 4
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House Military Affairs Committee investigation of the Dodge Chicago Plant, a division of Chrysler, 1943 April 7

  • Box 30, folder 5
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Senate bill to facilitate the termination of war contracts, 1943 June 24

  • Box 30, folder 6
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Ordinance plants report from the War Department, 1943 July 10

  • Box 30, folder 7
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House Military Affairs Committee hearing on Johnson Aircrafts Corporation, 1943 September 25

  • Box 30, folder 8
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House Military Affairs Committee investigations by Aviation Subcommittee, 1943 November 3-20

  • Box 30, folder 9
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House Military Affairs Committee notes from conference of state directors of selective service system, approximately 1943 November 11-13

  • Box 30, folder 10
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House Military Affairs Committee report on Republic Steel Corporation and Pike County coal mine, 1943 November 19

  • Box 30, folder 11
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House Military Affairs Committee progress report on Army specialized training program at Cornell University, 1943 November 30

  • Box 30, folder 12
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House Military Affairs Committee report concerning Louis Adamic's Native's Return, 1943 December 14

  • Box 30, folder 13
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War Contract termination settlement report by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1943-1944

  • Box 30, folder 14
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Pentagon Post restaurant case file, 1944

  • Box 30, folder 15
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Wright Aeronautical Corporation case file, 1944

  • Box 30, folder 16
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Races of Mankind pamphlet, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, 1944

  • Box 31, folder 1
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Bellanca Aircraft Corporation report by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1944 January 31

  • Box 31, folder 2
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House Military Affairs Committee construction of gas plant in Cattlesburg, Kentucky, 1944 January

  • Box 31, folder 3
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Martin-Parry Company report by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1944 April 5

  • Box 31, folder 4
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House Military Affairs Committee investigation of the national war effort, 1944 September 19

  • Box 31, folder 5
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American Federation of Labor 64th Annual Convention, 1944 November

  • Box 31, folder 6
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Prisoners of war report by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1944-1945

  • Box 31, folder 7
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Batvia Metal Products Company and Garsson, 1944-1945

  • Box 41, folder 5
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House Military Affairs Committee war reports and statements, 1944-1945

  • Box 31, folder 8
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Summaries of House Military Affairs Committee hearings, 1945

  • Box 31, folder 9
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Poem in memory of Douglas T. Thompson, 1945

  • Box 31, folder 10
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House Military Affairs Committee report on Patterson Field separation base, 1945

  • Box 31, folder 11
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Speech over the atomic bomb and atomic energy, 1945

  • Box 31, folder 12
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House Military Affairs Committee reports, 1945

  • Box 32, folder 1
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The Bridge of Remagen personalized to May from John O. Pasco, 1945 March 28

  • Box 32, folder 2
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Alben W. Barkley speech mailed to May, 1945 July 24

  • Box 32, folder 3
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Demobilization radio address, 1945 August 17

  • Box 32, folder 4
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United States news report concerning the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1945 September 1

  • Box 32, folder 5
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Synopses of multiple arbitrations by the House Military Affairs Committee, 1945 September 25

  • Box 32, folder 6
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Broadcast of Fulton Lewis, Jr., 1945 November 5-9

  • Box 32, folder 7
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Investigation of Pearl Harbor, 1945-1946

  • Box 32, folder 9
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Foreign policy radio broadcast, 1945 December 1

  • Box 32, folder 10
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House Military Affairs Committee various hearings and reports, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 11
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National Defense Program investigation, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 12
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Verbatim record of proceedings of Senate committee investigation, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 13
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Statement and papers by May concerning Senate committee investigation, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 14
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Veterans affairs, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 15
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Meade Committee, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 16
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House Military Affairs Committee record on May's activity, 1946

  • Box 32, folder 17
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Bikini Atoll atomic bomb testing joint task force one instructions and briefing, 1946 March 20

  • Box 32, folder 18
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House Military Affairs Committee current activities report, 1946 September 25 and 30

  • Box 32, folder 19
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Louis Hammerling (court martial), 1946 September

  • Box 33, folder 1
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Remarks on atomic power, undated

  • Box 33, folder 2
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Remarks on universal military training, undated

  • Box 33, folder 3
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Embossed relief of political cartoon with May and Uncle Sam, undated

  • Box 33, folder 4
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National Service Bill, undated

  • Box 33, folder 5
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House Military Affairs Committee survey on war manufacturing policies, undated

  • Box 33, folder 6
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House Military Affairs Committee report on demobilization in Georgia, undated

  • Box 33, folder 7
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House Military Affairs Committee report on surplus property disposal, undated

  • Box 33, folder 8
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House Military Affairs Committee extension of remarks by May on contract negotiations, undated

  • Box 33, folder 9
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House Military Affairs Committee report on separation centers, undated

  • Box 33, folder 10
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Speech on United States involvement in upcoming World War II, undated

  • Box 33, folder 11
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Professional, 1931-1952

The Professional series comprises several legal case files that document May's legal career within Kentucky. Notable items include blueprints for the Stumbo Memorial Hospital and Nurse's Home (Folder 2) and an agreement between Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company and the Beaver Valley Coal Corporation (Box 41, Folder 1).

Agreement between Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company and Beaver Valley Coal Corporation with blueprint, 1931

  • Box 41, folder 1
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New Jersey law case, 1939

  • Box 34, folder 12
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Stumbo Memorial Hospital, Lackey, Kentucky, 1943

  • Box 34, folder 13
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Statement by May to Kentucky Bar Association, 1950 December

  • Box 34, folder 14
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Jimmie Ratliff (deceased), 1951-1952

  • Box 34, folder 15
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Reinstatement to the Kentucky Bar Association, 1952

  • Box 34, folder 16
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Blueprints of Stumbo Memorial Hospital and Nurse's Home, undated

  • Folder 2
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Personal, 1932-1998, undated

The Personal series comprises biographical information, financial documents, programs, and invitations which document May's personal life following his first election to the House of Representatives in 1931. It is arranged into three subseries: Biographical, Financial, and Ephemera. Notable items include May's obituary in the Floyd County Times (Box 34, Folder 6) and a program for Calvin Coolidge's memorial service (Box 33, Folder 13).

Biographical, 1942-1962, 1998, undated

United States of America v. May, 1942-1946

  • Box 33, folder 15
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United States of America v. May, 1943-1949

  • Box 33, folder 16
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United States of America v. Andrew J. May case and appeal, 1946-1949

  • Box 34, folder 1
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Copy of May v. United States given to Latta family, 1949 January 24

  • Box 34, folder 2
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Supreme Court brief for United States in May v. United States of America, 1949 October

  • Box 34, folder 3
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Remarks on May's conviction, 1952, undated

  • Box 34, folder 4
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Ralph Burton corrections of May's personal commentary on United States v. May, 1959

  • Box 34, folder 5
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May's obituary in Floyd County Times, 1959

  • Box 34, folder 6
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Congressional Record with comments on May's death on page 17,097, 1959 September 8

  • Box 34, folder 7
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Congressional Record , 1959 September 8

  • Box 34, folder 8
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May Lodge, 1962

  • Box 34, folder 9
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Oral history transcripts concerning A.J. May, 1998

  • Box 34, folder 10
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May biographies with handwritten notes, undated

  • Box 34, folder 11
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Financial, 1934-1952

Denial of Federal Annuities, 1954

  • Box 35, folder 1
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George S. May business reports, 1940

  • Box 35, folder 2
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Gove v. May, 1935-1945

  • Box 35, folder 3
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Gove v. May, 1935-1945

  • Box 35, folder 4
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Home Loan Corporation, 1934-1935

  • Box 35, folder 5
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Home Loan Corporation, 1935-1944

  • Box 35, folder 6
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Income tax, home loan, and financials, 1935-1941

  • Box 38, folder 1
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Income tax and financials, 1943-1947

  • Box 38, folder 2
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Income tax and financials, 1947-1949

  • Box 38, folder 3
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Income tax and financials, 1950

  • Box 38, folder 4
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Income tax and financials, 1951-1952

  • Box 38, folder 5
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May's farm in Virginia, 1939-1940

  • Box 35, folder 7
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Retirement annuity, 1946

  • Box 35, folder 8
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Ephemera, 1932-1954, undated

The 41st Continental Congress National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1932 April 19

  • Box 36, folder 1
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American Legion Bill of Rights, 1954 June

  • Box 36, folder 2
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Army Day Banquet, 1939 April 6

  • Box 36, folder 3
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Army-Navy game ticket, 1938 November 28

  • Box 36, folder 4
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Calling and greeting cards, undated

  • Box 36, folder 4
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Centennial anniversary of the death of Gilbert du Motier Marquis de La Fayette, 1934

  • Box 36, folder 5
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Cheseapeake and Ohio Line inspection tour program, 1937

  • Box 36, folder 6
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Christmas and New Year's greeting cards, 1944

  • Box 36, folder 7
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Grant's Birthplace etching reproduction by Diem and Wing Paper Company, undated

  • Box 36, folder 8
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Invitation from Cuba, 1943 December 24

  • Box 36, folder 9
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Julia M. May's funeral book, 1942 December

  • Box 36, folder 10
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Invitations, 1934-1947

  • Box 36, folder 11
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Invitations, undated

  • Box 37, folder 1
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Invitations to White House functions, 1933-1940

  • Box 37, folder 2
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New York World's Fair, 1939

  • Box 37, folder 3
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Poem concerning the Roosevelt Hotel, 1939 June 12

  • Box 37, folder 4
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Program for memorial services of Calvin Coolidge, 1933 February 6

  • Box 33, folder 13
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Programs, 1932-1938

  • Box 36, folder 12
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Programs, 1940-1950, undated

  • Box 36, folder 13
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Newspaper and newspaper clippings, 1930-1962, undated

The Newspaper and newspaper clippings series comprises newspapers and clippings that document cultural and social events of importance to May. Additionally, some clippings contain information and articles concerning May's life and career. Notable items include: Cuban newspapers about May's visit (Box 39, Folder 12), Al-Basier, Egyptian newspaper (Box 40, Folder 8), and general newspapers documenting World War II (Box 39, Folder 11-Box 40, Folder 9)

1930 November 7

  • Box 39, folder 1
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1931

  • Box 39, folder 2
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1932

  • Box 39, folder 3
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1933

  • Box 39, folder 4
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1934

  • Box 39, folder 5
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1936

  • Box 39, folder 6
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1937

  • Box 39, folder 7
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1938

  • Box 39, folder 8
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1939

  • Box 39, folder 9
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1940

  • Box 39, folder 10
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1941

  • Box 39, folder 11
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Cuban newspapers about May's visit, 1942

  • Box 39, folder 12
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1942 January-June

  • Box 40, folder 1
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1942 September-December

  • Box 40, folder 2
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1943 January-May

  • Box 40, folder 3
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1943 June

  • Box 40, folder 4
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1943 August-September

  • Box 40, folder 5
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1943 October-December

  • Box 40, folder 6
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1944

  • Box 40, folder 7
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Al-Basier Egyptian newspaper, 1944 July 3

  • Box 40, folder 8
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1945

  • Box 40, folder 9
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1946

  • Box 40, folder 10
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1947

  • Box 40, folder 11
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1950

  • Box 40, folder 12
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1950-1959

  • Box 40, folder 13
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1962

  • Box 40, folder 14
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undated

  • Box 40, folder 15
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Maps, blueprints, and posters, 1933-1946, undated

The Maps, blueprints, and posters series comprises oversized documentation of May's Congressional and professional career. Notable items include a map of disposition of ships for Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test (Folder 1).

Map of disposition of ships for Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test, 1946

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Roosevelt Hotel blueprint and postcard, undated

  • Box 41, folder 7
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Blueprint, contract, and notes relating to Collingwood Manor, 1939-1940

  • Box 41, folder 8
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Map of proposed pipeline to Nashville, Tennessee, by Tennessee Natural Gas Lines Incorporated, 1945 September 7

  • Box 41, folder 9
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Statement of the public debt of the United States, 1933 September 30

  • Box 41, folder 10
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Photographs, 1932-1960

The Photographs series comprises photographs primarily documenting May's Congressional life. Notable items include headshots of May, a photograph of May serving on a committee with future President Lyndon B. Johnson (Box 42, Folder 35), and the House Military Affairs Committee in a huddle over the Conscription Bill (Box 43, Folder ).

Unidentified women, 1960 May

  • Box 42, item 1
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Unidentified boys in a play, undated

  • Box 42, item 2
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Unidentified girl, undated

  • Box 42, item 3
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Unidentified people at Mammoth Cave, KY. Writing on back states, 10 a.m. Oct. 7, 1940. Frozen niagara, 1940 October 7

  • Box 42, item 4
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Unidentified girl in dancing outfit, undated

  • Box 42, item 5
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May and unidentified people, undated

  • Box 42, item 6
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Portrait of John Nance Garner, with note to May and signature, 1932

  • Box 43, item 7
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May (center) with General Malin Craig and Harry Woodring. Note attached., 1939 January 17

  • Box 43, item 8
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May with Henry Morgenthau, Jr., John W. Hanes, Harry Woodring, and Louis following a closed session of the Senate Military Affairs Committee. Note attached., 1939 February 16

  • Box 43, item 9
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Unidentified man, May, unidentified man, Fred M. Vinson, and unidentified man holding a Happy Birthday to you sign, undated

  • Box 43, item 10
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May and Senator Morris Shepherd, Chairman of the Senate Military Affairs Committee, discussing the Selective Service Act, undated

  • Box 43, item 11
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Honorable Norman Thomas, Socialist candidate for President, May, and New York Mayor Fiorella La Guardia, undated

  • Box 43, item 12
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May, while Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, shaking hands with Chief of Staff of the Army General George C. Marshall, Walter G. Andrews in background, undated

  • Box 43, item 13
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May and General of the Air Force H.H. Hap Arnold conferring during hearing on legislation concerning the Air Force, undated

  • Box 43, item 14
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House Military Affairs Committee in huddle on Conscription Bill. Note with member's names attached, 1940 September 3

  • Box 43, item 15
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Brigadier General James B. Crawford, Harold D. Cooley, Graham A. Bardin, May, and Captain Karl M. Pattee at Camp Davis., 1941 April 26

  • Box 43, item 16
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May and four identified men outside of the executive offices of the White House, 1941 March 11

  • Box 43, item 17
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May, Billy Arthur, and Brigadier General James B. Crawford posing in front of vehicles. Notes on back., 1941

  • Box 43, item 18
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House and Senate conferees at work. Note with member's names included, 1942 November 10

  • Box 43, item 19
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May and C.I. Faddis posing in front of airplane, undated

  • Box 43, item 20
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Unidentified people at a party, undated

  • Box 43, item 21
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May with Geo Saudefer, Senator Ed Johnson, Sterling Fisher, Senator Warren Austing, and Representative Dewey Short in front of NBC microphones, undated

  • Box 43, item 22
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May and unidentified people posing around committee bench, undated

  • Box 43, item 23
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May and unidentified people posing around committee bench, undated

  • Box 43, item 24
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May and T.E. Martin laughing by Link instrument training airplane tail, undated

  • Box 43, item 25
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May sitting at desk, undated

  • Box 43, item 26
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May and unidentified men; one unidentified one star general, undated

  • Box 43, item 27
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Unidentified people, civilian and military, posing in front of a statue., undated

  • Box 43, item 28
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Testimony given before House Military Affairs Committee, undated

  • Box 43, item 29
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Headshot of May, by Chase-Statler photo, undated

  • Box 43, item 30
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Professional portrait of May, black and white, undated

  • Box 43, item 31
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Headshot of May, undated

  • Box 43, item 32
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May and General Chaffee with unidentified men, undated

  • Box 43, item 33
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May giving speech and making fist, undated

  • Box 43, item 34
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May and unidentified people sitting in committee. Lyndon B. Johnson sitting on left, undated

  • Box 43, item 35
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May and General Chaffee, commanding General of Fort Knox, reviewing the troops at Fort Knox, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 43, item 36
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May and General Chaffee standing with military band and unidentified men in background, undated

  • Box 43, item 37
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May with Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy, at Military Affairs Committee hearings, undated

  • Box 43, item 38
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May, Senator Morris Shepherd, Chairman of Senate Military Affairs Committee, Honorable William Bullitt, Ambassador to Russia, and Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy, Ambassador to Great Britain, talking during committee hearings, undated

  • Box 43, item 39
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May and unidentified one star general, undated

  • Box 43, item 40
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May and unidentified men wearing hats and coats, undated

  • Box 43, item 41
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Headshot of May, gazing off camera, undated

  • Box 43, item 42
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Dignitaries saluting a parade. Note attached with member's names, undated

  • Box 43, item 43
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May with other unidentified people, some civilian and some military, undated

  • Box 43, item 44
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May and three unidentified men: two military and one civilian, undated

  • Box 43, item 45
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Headshot of May with greeting, undated

  • Box 44, item 46
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House Committee on Military Affairs, 72nd Congress. May standing on left, 1932

  • Box 44, item 47
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Portrait of Andrew J. May by Harris and Ewing of Washington D.C., undated

  • Box 44, item 48
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Recordings, circa 1940s

The Recordings series consists of one vinyl record of an undated radio interview with Representatives Schaefer, May, and South Trimble.

Vinyl record of radio interview with Representatives Schaefer, May, and South Trimble, circa 1940s

  • Box 45, folder 1
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