Eldon S. Dummit Collection, ca. 1917-1972

Descriptive Summary

Title
Eldon S. Dummit Collection, ca. 1917-1972
Creator
Dummit, Eldon S., 1896-1973
Extent
4 cubic feet
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Catherine Domek
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Eldon Steven Dummit was born August 6, 1896, on a farm in Southwest Missouri. He graduated from high school in Monett and then attended Drury College at Springfield. In 1920, he received his law degree from the University of Kentucky. He taught law for one year at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. He returned to Lexington in 1921 to practice law. A prominent member of the Republican party in Kentucky during the 1940's and 1950's, Dummit served as Attorney General of the state during the administration of Governor Simeon Willis from 1943-1947. In 1947, Dummit made an unsuccessful bid for the governor's office. He had won his party nomination in the primary earlier that year, but was defeated in the general election by his democratic opponent, Earle C. Clements. For many years Dummit was actively involved in civic and leadership organizations, including: Optimist Club International, of which he served as International President for 1941/42; the Pyramid Club; the Boy Scouts of America; and the American Legion. Speaking as a veteran of World War I, Dummit made frequent speeches and appeals for the Community War Chest during the years of World War II. Eldon S. Dummit died in Lexington, Kentucky on May 4, 1973.
Scope and Content
The Dummit Papers reflect his years as Attorney General and his unsuccessful bid for governor in 1947. Included in the collection are legal opinions and actions, election documents, news clippings, telegrams, speeches, documents relating to the Optimist Club International (of which Dummit was president in 1941-1942), photographs and memorabilia. Among the correspondents are John Sherman Cooper, Thruston B. Morton, and Kentucky Governors Flem Sampson and Simeon Willis.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence Series

General Correspondence

1917-1939

  • Box 1, folder 1
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1941-1946

  • Box 1, folder 2
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1947-1948

  • Box 1, folder 3
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1949-1970

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Telegrams

February-September 1947

  • Box 1, folder 5
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October 1947-June 1952

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Attorney General Series

Election Documents

1943

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Legal Opinions and Actions

1944-1947

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Requests for Opinions

1944-1945

  • Box 1, folder 9
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1946

  • Box 1, folder 10
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1947-1949

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Gubernatorial Election Series

Election Documents 1947

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Correspondence 1947

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Political Cartoons 1947

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Wiman Charges 1947

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Campaign Publicity Series

Attorney General Election 1943

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Gubernatorial Election 1947

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Kentucky Miscellaneous Elections

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Presidential Election in Kentucky 1960

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Speech Series

Campaign

Attorney General 1943

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Gubernatorial 1947 (Folder A)

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Gubernatorial 1947 (Folder B)

  • Box 2, folder 11
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In Support of Other Republicans (undated)

  • Box 2, folder 12
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Church Audiences

Undated

  • Box 2, folder 13
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National Association of Attorney Generals

1944

  • Box 2, folder 14
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Non-political

1929-1942

  • Box 2, folder 15
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1944-1946

  • Box 3, folder 1
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1947-1949

  • Box 3, folder 2
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1950-1965

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Undated Folder I

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Undated Folder II

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Duplicate Copies of Speeches

Duplicate Copies of Speeches

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Notes and Outlines

Folder I (undated)

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Folder II (undated)

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Folder III (undated)

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Folder IV (undated)

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Optimist Club Series

Bulletins 1934-1935; 1940; 1944-1945

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Certificates 1935, 1939-1941, 1971-1972

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Correspondence 1941-1969

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Meeting Programs 1937-1947; 1963;1970

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Newspaper Clippings 1930-1941

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Newspaper Clippings 1941-1946

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Newspaper Clippings 1970 and Undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Printed Materials, Miscellaneous 1935-1972

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Speeches 1939-1967

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Speeches Printed in OPTIMIST MAGAZINE 1945, 1952

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Speeches Presentation of Awards 1934-1951

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Newspaper Clippings Series

American Legion (undated)

  • Box 5, folder 9
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American Legion 1930-1939

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Attorney General Election 1943

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Attorney General-Years in Office 1943-1947

  • Box 5, folder 12
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Family, Friends, etc. (undated)

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Gubernatorial Election 1947

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Legal Cases (undated)

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Marshall Ferdinand Foch, death, 1929

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Miscellaneous Folder I

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Miscellaneous Folder II

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Miscellaneous Folder III

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Miscellaneous, Political (1931-1932)

  • Box 6, folder 7
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Memorabilia Series

Anecdotes and Jokes for Speeches Folder I

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Anecdotes and Jokes for Speeches Folder II

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Anecdotes and Jokes for Speeches Folder III

  • Box 6, folder 10
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Biographical Sketches and Obituary of Dummit

  • Box 6, folder 11
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Broadsides

  • Box 6, folder 12
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Bulletins

  • Box 6, folder 13
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Certificates

  • Box 6, folder 14
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Directories of Kentucky State Government

  • Box 6, folder 15
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Introductions and Songs

  • Box 6, folder 16
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Legal Memorandum

  • Box 7, folder 17
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Meeting Programs 1927-1939

  • Box 7, folder 1
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Meeting Programs 1940-1943

  • Box 7, folder 2
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Meeting Programs 1944

  • Box 7, folder 3
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Meeting Programs 1945

  • Box 7, folder 4
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Meeting Programs 1946

  • Box 7, folder 5
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Meeting Programs 1947

  • Box 7, folder 6
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Meeting Programs 1948-1961

  • Box 7, folder 7
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Membership Cards

  • Box 7, folder 8
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Memorandum

  • Box 7, folder 9
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Miscellaneous Items

  • Box 7, folder 10
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Radio Transcript-Henry J. Taylor

  • Box 7, folder 11
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Photograph Series

Political

8 X 10, B&W left to right: John Fred Williams, unknown, John Sherman Cooper, unknown, Thruston Morton. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 1
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8 X 10, B&W left to right: John Fred Williams, unknown, Dummit, John Sherman Cooper, unknown, Thruston Morton. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 2
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit with stone mason, campaign photo. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 3
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Duplicate of Folder 3

  • Box 8, folder 4
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8 X 10, B&W Portrait of Eldon S. Dummit

  • Box 8, folder 5
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit presenting American Legion trophy to horse and rider. Note on back of photo-"War Bond Drive March 8, 1943

  • Box 8, folder 6
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8 X 10, B&W Portrait of C. I. Ross, State auditor of Kentucky 1943-1947, and Republican state campaign chairman in 1947.

  • Box 8, folder 7
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7 X 10, B&W left to right: Adrien Royer, Dr. Paul Chaloult (Past President and Lt. Gov. of District 15), President Charles A. Jean, Major Renault M. Dechene, Premier Adelard Godbout, Leo. Langlois, International President (Optimist Club) Eldon S. Dummit, Charles H. Cote. ca. 1941-42, photo taken on trip to Canada.

  • Box 8, folder 8
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7 X 10, B&W left to right: Dr. Norbert Bourgault, Louis Pare, Lt. Col. Jean Chaloult (brother of Past President Dr. Paul Chaloult), Charles H. Cote, Alderman Emile Robitaille, International President(Optimist Club) Eldon S. Dummit, President Charles A. Jean, Russell Williams-Assistant Secretary of Rotary International, Chicago; Bill Warmington-Director of the Quebec Rotary Club; Jos S. Royer-of the Rotary Club, past president of the Quebec Club and past district governor, father of Optimist Adrien Royer, Boys' Work chairman; Dr. Remy Langlois, Past President and Lt. Gov. Dr. Paul Chaloult. ca. 1941-42. Photo taken on trip to Canada.

  • Box 8, folder 9
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit presenting trophy to horse and rider. Undated.

  • Box 8, folder 10
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit in tobacco field, campaign photo. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 11
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit in tobacco field, campaign photo. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 12
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit seated at table, looking on as Boy Scout official awards medal. Campaign photo. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 13
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit presenting trophy to teenage boy. Undated.

  • Box 8, folder 14
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit with road surveyors, campaign photo. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 15
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Duplicate of no. 15

  • Box 8, folder 16
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit on the steps of Memorial Hall, Lexington, Kentucky, campaign photo. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 17
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit and John Fred Williams. ca, 1947

  • Box 8, folder 18
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit campaign speech. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 19
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8 X 10, B&W left to right: unknown, Keen Johnson, unknown, Dummit. Note on the back: "Johnson, Dummit at Big Sandy Coal operators"

  • Box 8, folder 20
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit (third from left) and five unknown men. Inset photo (3 X 3 1/2, B&W) of unknown woman. Note on back: "Fayette Republican Leaders". ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 21
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8 X 10, B&W John Fred Williams at podium. ca. 1947.

  • Box 8, folder 22
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit at podium. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 23
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8 X 10, B&W Gov. Simeon Willis, Dummit, C. I. Ross. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 24
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8 X 10, B&W Gov. Simeon Willis at podium. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 25
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8 X 10, B&W left to right: John Fred Williams, Kentucky Superintendent of Public Instruction; U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper; Frank A. Ropke, Jefferson Co. Campaign Chairman; Dummit; Governor Simeon Willis. September 26, 1947, Memorial Auditorium, Louisville, Kentucky. Dummit gubernatorial campaign opening.

  • Box 8, folder 26
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit at podium. ca 1947

  • Box 8, folder 27
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8 X 10, B&W Willis at podium. ca 1947

  • Box 8, folder 28
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8 X 10, B&W John Sherman Cooper at podium. ca 1947

  • Box 8, folder 29
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8 X 10, B&W Photo of billboard "Elect Dummit" Gubernatorial campaign 1947.

  • Box 8, folder 30
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8 X 10, B&W Photo of billboard "Who do You want for Govenor?". Gubernatorial campaign 1947.

  • Box 8, folder 31
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8 X 10, B&W Mrs. Dummit between two unknown women. ca. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 32
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7 x 9, B&W Portrait of Jouette Ross Todd.

  • Box 8, folder 33
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Dummit and Clements

8 x 10, B&W Eldon S. Dummit at podium, Earle C. Clements seated at left. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 34
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8 X 10, B&W Clements at podium, Dummit seated. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 35
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8 X 10, B&W Clements at podium, Dummit seated. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 36
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Miscellaneous

4 x 6, B&W portrait Thomas Manley. 1947

  • Box 8, folder 37
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5 X 7, B&W portrait Eldon S. Dummit

  • Box 8, folder 38
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8 X 10, B&W left to right: seated- Dummit and Utah Governor Herbert B. Maw; standing- Ora H. Barlow, Dr. F. H. Raley of Salt Lake City Optimist Club. Inscribed-"To Eldon S. Dummit with best wishes from Herbert B. Maw Governor of Utah". 1942

  • Box 8, folder 39
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit presenting Optimist Cup to Dr. A. W. Fortune. 1946 (Right side of photo is damaged.)

  • Box 8, folder 40
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8 X 10, B&W Dummit presenting Optimist Cup to Thomas R. Underwood. 1949

  • Box 8, folder 41
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Photo postcard- Legion Ville Home, Independence, Kansas. Undated.

  • Box 8, folder 42
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Photo postcard- woman on steps of building, palm tree in background. Undated.

  • Box 8, folder 43
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Portrait of M. B. Holifield, signed, enclosed in mat board folder.

  • Box 8, folder 44
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6 1/4 X 6 3/4, B&W photo pasted to sheet of onion skin paper. Seated left to right: Miss Cave, C. I. Ross; standing left to right: Dummit, Gov. Simeon Willis; Lt. Gov. Kenneth Tuggle; Comm. of Agriculture Elliott Robertson. 1943

  • Box 8, folder 45
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14 X 8, B&W Dummit making speech. ca 1947

  • Box 8, folder 46
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11X14, B&W Dummit making speech. ca 1947

  • Box 8, folder 47
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