Charles I. Dawson papers

Abstract

The Charles I. Dawson papers (dated 1923-1969, undated; 0.65 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 oversize box) comprise correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, speeches, publications, ephemera, one scrapbook, case files, commemorative certificates, campaign materials, and personal legal files that document Judge Dawson's private life and his various roles as a Kentucky politician, private attorney, and federal judge.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Charles I. Dawson papers
Creator
Dawson, Charles I., 1881-1969
Extent
0.65 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Judges -- United States.
Campaign literature -- Kentucky.
Judicial process -- United States
Prohibition -- United States.
Temperance.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically.
Finding Aid Author
Natalie Bishop
Preferred Citation
1997ms113: [identification of item], Charles I. Dawson papers, 1923-1969, undated, bulk 1925-1969, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Judge Charles I. Dawson was the District Court Judge for the Western District of Kentucky from 1925 to 1935. Judge Dawson was born on February 12, 1881, in Crestwood, Kentucky to Steven and Frances Dawson. After graduating from public school in Russellville, Kentucky, he attended Bethel College for a year and then transferred to the University of Kentucky at Lexington. In 1903, Dawson read law in Russellville until his admission to the bar in 1905. After opening a law practice in town, Dawson was elected to one term in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1905. In 1910, he was elected as the Bell County Attorney, and he served in this capacity until 1920, when he was elected as the Commonwealth's Attorney General. In 1923, Dawson ran for Kentucky governor, a race he lost to William J. Fields. Two years later, President Calvin Coolidge appointed Dawson to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Confirmation quickly followed, and he took the oath of office on February 2, 1925. On June 30, 1935, Dawson left the bench to practice law. Judge Dawson made a bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1950, losing to incumbent Kentucky Governor Earle C. Clements. He retired from his law practice in 1969, and died later that same year.
Scope and Content
The Charles I. Dawson papers (dated 1923-1969, undated; 0.65 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 oversize box) comprise correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, speeches, publications, ephemera, one scrapbook, case files, commemorative certificates, campaign materials, and personal legal files that document Judge Dawson's private life and his roles as a Kentucky politician, private attorney, and federal judge. The collection includes correspondence with John Sherman Cooper, Happy B. Chandler, Alice Lloyd, and University of Kentucky President Frank McVey.
The majority of the collection consists of judicial case files created during Dawson's federal judgeship on Kentucky's Western District Court and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and grand jury instructions. Personal files in the collection include legal documents, certificates, photographs, and two tickets for travel on a steamer ship. Political files include correspondence with state and federal legislators, a publication from the National Republican Committee titled Promise and Performance: The Administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt Reveals Itself, and a Republican Committee on Programs pin. Also present in the collection are materials regarding Dawson's involvement with the temperance movement, including his views on Prohibition.

Restrictions on Access and Use

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

Contents of the Collection

Commemorative certificates, 1940-1969

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1924-1969

  • Box 1, folder 1-2
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Correspondence, general, 1928-1935

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence, Kentucky Home Life Insurance company, 1932-1935

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Correspondence, personal, 1931-1939

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Court of Appeals of Kentucky, 1925

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Deeds, transactions, stock certificates, 1923-1956

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Gubernatorial campaign ad, 1923

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Home in Louisville, Ky (8x10 B/W), undated

  • Box 2, item 2-3
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Law enforcement, 1926-1932

  • Box 1, folder 8-9
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Newspaper clippings, 1929-1933

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Prohibition, instructions to the grand jury, 1929

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Republican Committee on Program pin, undated

  • Box 2, item 1
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Republican Program Committee (1-2), 1940

  • Box 1, folder 11-12
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Rose Island boarding passes (1-2), undated

  • Box 2, item 4-5
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Woodward, Hobson and Fulton scrapbook (1-2), 1936-1955

  • Box 2, folder 4-5
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