King Swope papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
King Swope papers
Date
1882-1957
Creator
Swope, King, 1893-1961
Extent
6.69 Cubic feet
Subjects
Elections--Kentucky.
Judges--Correspondence.
Pamphlets.
Politicians--Correspondence.
Posters.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Politics
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format and subject of materials, and then chronologically within the scrapbooks.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess
Preferred Citation
61M248: [Identification of item], King Swope papers, 1882-1957, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
King Swope, a native of Boyle County, Kentucky, began practicing law in Lexington, Kentucky, while attending the University of Kentucky law school. However, his practice was interrupted by his service in World War I. After the war, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1919-1921) from the eighth Congressional District. At twenty-six years of age, he was one of the youngest members of Congress ever to assume that office. When he failed to gain re-election, Swope returned to Kentucky and opened a law practice in Lexington. In 1931, Governor Flem D. Sampson appointed Swope to a judgeship in the Fayette County Circuit Court. Swope served in that capacity until 1940, when he again resumed private practice.
In 1935, Swope, the Republican nominee, lost the gubernatorial election to Lieutenant Governor Albert B. Happy Chandler and in 1939, he made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for governor, losing in the primary to John Sherman Cooper.
Swope, King (1893 - 1961). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Web. 06 October, 2011.
Scope and Content
The King Swope papers consists of scrapbooks, pamphlets, speeches, posters, and correspondence. The scrapbooks follow political events and issues at the Kentucky state, national, and international level and specifically emphasize Swope's political career as Fayette County circuit court judge and United States Congressman as well as his two campaigns for the Kentucky governor's office. Speeches, posters, and correspondence further outline details of Swope's campaigns. The Republican party features prominently in all materials. Many personal events and milestones in Swope's life are also included in the scrapbooks and other materials.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection belong to the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Scrapbooks, 1882-1957

The Scrapbooks series contains volumes that records political and historical events on a state, national, and international level. Most of the scrapbooks are composed of newspaper clippings, but there are many business and personal letters, event programs, and other items included as well. A large emphasis is placed on the Republican party and Swope's political career.

Swope, 1904-1957

Swope is a series of scrapbooks about the career and personal life of Judge King Swope. It includes newspaper clippings from multiple local and national newspapers, as well as letters and telegraphs, photographs, programs from various events, and political propaganda. The series covers Swope's career as United States Congressional Representative, his years as Fayette County Circuit Court judge in Lexington, and his campaign for the governor's office in 1935 and 1939. Special emphasis is given to the events and platforms of the Republican party.

Scrapbook Swope, 1919-1950

  • Item 12
To top

Volume 1, 1912-1921

  • Item 19
To top

Volume 2, 1927-1935

  • Item 20
To top

Volume 3, 1932-1934

  • Item 21
To top

Volume 4, 1934-1935

  • Item 22
To top

Volume 5, 1935

  • Item 23
To top

Volume 6, 1935

  • Item 24
To top

Volume 7, 1935

  • Item 25
To top

Volume 8, 1935

  • Item 26
To top

Volume 9, 1935-1937

  • Item 27
To top

Volume 10, 1937-1938

  • Item 28
To top

Volume 11, 1938-1939

  • Item 29
To top

Volume 12, 1939

  • Item 30
To top

Volume 13, 1939

  • Item 31
To top

Volume 14, 1939

  • Item 32
To top

Volume 15, 1939

  • Item 33
To top

Volume 16, 1939

  • Item 34
To top

Volume 17, 1939-1941

  • Item 35
To top

Volume 18, 1941-1942

  • Item 36
To top

Volume 19, 1942-1943

  • Item 37
To top

Volume I, newspaper clippings, 1904-1957

  • Item 38
To top

Politics, 1942-1950

Politics is a series of scrapbooks regarding state, national, and international politics and events. This includes Kentucky gubernatorial election, the United States presidential elections, and global financial affairs.

Scrapbook, politics, volume I, 1942-1943

  • Item 1
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume II, 1943

  • Item 2
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume III, 1944

  • Item 3
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume IV, 1944-1945

  • Item 4
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume V, 1946

  • Item 5
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume VI, 1946

  • Item 6
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume VII, 1946-1947

  • Item 7
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume VIII, 1946-1948

  • Item 8
To top

Scrapbook, politics, volume IX, 1948-1950

  • Item 9
To top

Kentucky politics, 1935-1944

Kentucky politics is a series of scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about events in the Kentucky state government and politics, including gubernatorial races. Special emphasis is given to A.B. Happy Chandler and his campaigns for the governor's office and United States Senate as well as his administration as governor.

Scrapbook, Kentucky politics, volume I, 1943-1944

  • Item 13
To top

Scrapbook, Kentucky politics, volume II, 1944

  • Item 14
To top

Volume I, 1935

  • Box 2, Folder 1
To top

Volume II, 1935-1936

  • Box 2, Folder 2
To top

Volume III, 1936-1937

  • Box 2, Folder 3
To top

1938 [Volume IV], 1938

  • Box 2, Folder 4
To top

Volume II, 1939, 1939

  • Box 2, Folder 5
To top

Chandler-Barkley campaign scrapbook, 1938

  • Item 18
To top

WWII, 1939-1947

WWII is a series of scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about events in WWII, both abroad and at home.

Scrapbook, WWII, volume I, 1939-1943

  • Item 10
To top

Scrapbook, WWII, volume II, 1943-1947

  • Item 11
To top

George Denny, Jr., 1882-1907

George Denny, Jr. is a series of scrapbooks with newspaper clippings of political discussion and commentary as well as the printed speeches by presidential candidates in the 1904 election.

George Denny Jr. scrapbook, volume I, 1882-1888

  • Item 15
To top

George Denny, Jr. scrapbook, volume II, 1888-1896

  • Item 16
To top

George Denny, Jr. scrapbook, volume III, 1904-1907

  • Item 17
To top

Speeches, 1919-1939

The Speeches series contains typed copies of speeches given by Swope and notebooks of hand-written speech drafts. There are also typed copies of various political speeches by other people.

Speeches and propaganda, 1938-1939

  • Box 3, Folder 6
To top

Notebooks, speeches, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 7
To top

Political speeches, 1919-1935

  • Box 3, Folder 9
To top

Correspondence, 1926-1939

The Correspondence series contains letters to Swope from multiple persons.

Correspondence, 1926-1927

  • Box 3, Folder 5
To top

Letter, 1939

  • Box 3, Folder 4
Letter was originally housed with the scrapbook Volume 14.
To top

Campaign posters, 1939

The Campaign posters series contains four advertisements for Swope's campaign for the governor's office.

Star of Kentucky posters, 1939

  • Box 1, Folder 2
Posters for Swope's gubernatorial campaign. Originally found with scrapbooks Volume 13-14.
To top

Governor's campaign posters, circa 1935-1939

  • Case 6, Drawer 2
To top

Realia, 1936, 1940

The Realia series contains pins for King Swope from the Republican National Convention and Mrs. Swope from the American Bar Association. They are wrapped in tissue paper as two separate items.

Pins, 1936, 1940

  • Box 4, Folder 5
To top

Printed materials, 1896-1944

The Printed materials series consists of various documents of both political and historical nature, including Republican party propaganda, materials from the Abraham Lincoln Association, and political satire.

Political, 1896-1944

Political contains various materials from the Republican party, pamphlets and commentary about political issues (especially Roosevelt's administration), and political satire.

Republican Party Convention Delegate Contest, 1912

  • Box 2, Folder 6
To top

Political pamphlets, 1923-1944

  • Box 2, Folder 7
To top

Republican printed materials, 1905

  • Box 3, Folder 3
To top

Printed materials, 1925-1936

  • Box 3, Folder 2
To top

Campaign pamphlets, 1896

  • Box 3, Folder 8
To top

Congressional Records, 1937

  • Box 3, Folder 10
To top

Roosevelt for King, 1937

  • Box 4, Folder 3
To top

Le Detroit des Grandes Adventures, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 4
To top

Yearbook, 1914

  • Box 3, Folder 1
Yearbook contains the 1914 Cardinal and Blue album from Center College in Danville, Kentucky.
To top

Historical, 1941, undated

Historical contains various materials from the Abraham Lincoln Association and pamphlets written by Katharine Hayden Salter.

Katharine Hayden Salter pamphlets, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 2
To top

Abraham Lincoln materials, 1941

  • Box 4, Folder 1
To top

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Requests

No items have been requested.