Guide to the Wendell P. Butler papers, 1918-1994, Bulk 1960-1979

Abstract

This collection contains materials pertaining to Wendell P. Butler, former Kentucky state senator, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Commissioner of Agriculture.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Guide to the Wendell P. Butler papers, 1918-1994, Bulk 1960-1979
Creator
Butler, Wendell P., 1912-2000
Extent
31 boxes
Subjects
Education
Agriculture
Politics
Minimum Foundation Program
Tobacco
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Jeffrey Suchanek, Lewis Warden, and Teresa Radmonski; machine-readable finding aid created by Jeffrey Suchanek
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Wendell Pace Butler was born on a Metcalfe County farm on December 18, 1912. In his youth, he attended one-room schools in Liletown and Sulphur Well, and he later became a teacher in several small schoolhouses. He graduated from Western Kentucky Teachers College (now Western Kentucky University) in 1936. Just two years later, he was appointed superintendent of Metcalfe County schools. Soon afterward, the United States entered the Second World War, and Butler was inducted into the Navy. He served four years as a naval gunnery officer, earning the Bronze Star for action in the North African invasion. Upon his discharge in 1946, he resumed his position as superintendent. Butler held a number of public service positions, including State Senator (4 terms), State Superintendent of Public Instruction (3 terms), and Commissioner of Agriculture (2 terms). While in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Education Committee, and Governor Julian Carroll later appointed him secretary of the Education and Arts Cabinet. In the meantime, he continued his own education at the University of Kentucky, earning both a master's degree and a doctorate in educational administration. He also received an honorary degree from Murray State University for his role in bringing the North American International Livestock Exposition to Kentucky. Butler considered his greatest contribution to education to be his support of the Minimum Foundation Program, which guaranteed a minimum level of funding to every school district in the state.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of materials relating to public servant Wendell Pace Butler. Butler held the positions of State Senator, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Commissioner of Agriculture, among others. The collection was donated by his son, Wendell Ford Butler. It consists of 31 boxes divided into 5 main series: General, Scrapbook, Photographic, Audio-Visual, and Memorabilia. Although the materials date from 1918 to 1994, the majority are from the 1960s and 70s. The Butler collection contains a wealth of information about education and agriculture in Kentucky during these two decades.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Contents of the Collection

General series

The General series is the largest, spanning boxes 1 to 14. It contains the following major subseries: Adron Doran, Agriculture, Awards, Biographical Information, Correspondence, Democratic Primary Results, Education, Genealogy, Inaugural Souvenirs, Kentucky School Boards Association, Minimum Foundation Program, Miscellaneous, Newspaper Clippings, Press Releases, Publications, Sermon Outline Pamphlets, Speeches, and Speeches by Others.

Adron Doran

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Agriculture - General (Folder A)

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Agriculture - General (Folder B)

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Agriculture - General (Folder C)

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Agriculture - General (Folder D)

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Agriculture - General (Folder E)

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Awards

  • Box 1, item 7
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Biographical Information

  • Box 1, item 8
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Correspondence (Folder A)

  • Box 1, item 9
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Correspondence (Folder B)

  • Box 2, item 1
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Correspondence (Folder C)

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Correspondence (Folder D)

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Correspondence (Folder E)

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Correspondence (Folder F)

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Democratic Primary Results 1971

  • Box 2, item 6
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Education - Accountability in Education

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Education - General (Folder A)

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Education - General (Folder B)

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Education - General (Folder C)

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Education - General (Folder D)

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Education - General (Folder E)

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Education - General (Folder F)

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Education - General (Folder G)

  • Box 3, item 6
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Education - Jefferson County Board-Teachers Association Controversy

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Genealogy - Shannon and Butler Family Trees

  • Box 4, item 1
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Inaugural Souvenirs

  • Box 4, item 2
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Kentucky School Boards Association, March 11-13, 1968

  • Box 4, item 3
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Minimum Foundation Program - Constitutional Amendment 1 (Folder A)

  • Box 4, item 4
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Minimum Foundation Program - Constitutional Amendment 1 (Folder B)

  • Box 4, item 5
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Minimum Foundation Program - Constitutional Amendment 1 (Folder C)

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Minimum Foundation Program - Constitutional Amendment 1 (Folder D)

  • Box 4, item 7
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Minimum Foundation Program - Constitutional Amendment 1 (Folder E)

  • Box 5, item 1
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Minimum Foundation Program - Constitutional Amendment 1 (Folder F)

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Miscellaneous (Folder A)

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Miscellaneous (Folder B)

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Newspaper Clippings

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Press Releases

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Publications (Folder A)

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Publications (Folder B)

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Publications (Folder C)

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Publications (Folder D)

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Publications (Folder E)

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Publications (Folder F)

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Publications (Folder G)

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Publications (Folder H)

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Publications (Folder I)

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Publications (Folder J)

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Publications (Folder K)

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Publications (Folder L)

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Publications (Folder M)

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Publications (Folder N)

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Publications (Folder O)

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Publications (Folder P)

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Publications (Folder Q)

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Sermon Outline Pamphlets (Folder A)

  • Box 8, item 4
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Sermon Outline Pamphlets (Folder B)

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Sermon Outline Pamphlets (Folder C)

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Speeches - Agriculture (Folder A)

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Speeches - Agriculture (Folder B)

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Speeches - Agriculture (Folder C)

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Speeches - Agriculture (Folder D)

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Speeches - Agriculture (Folder E)

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Speeches - Agriculture (Folder F)

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Speeches - Background Information

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Speeches - Commencement Speeches (Folder A)

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Speeches - Commencement Speeches (Folder B)

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Speeches - Education (Folder A)

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Speeches - Education (Folder B)

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Speeches - Education (Folder C)

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Speeches - Education (Folder D)

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Speeches - Education (Folder E)

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Speeches - Education (Folder F)

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Speeches - Education (Folder G)

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Speeches - Education (Folder H)

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Speeches - Education (Folder I)

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Speeches - Education (Folder J)

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Speeches - Education (Folder K)

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Speeches - Education (Folder L)

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Speeches - Education (Folder M)

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Speeches - Education (Folder N)

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Speeches - Education (Folder O)

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Speeches - Education (Folder P)

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Speeches - Education (Folder Q)

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Speeches - Education (Folder R)

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Speeches - Education (Folder S)

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Speeches - Education (Folder T)

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Speeches - General

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Speeches by Others (Folder A)

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Speeches by Others (Folder B)

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Speeches by Others (Folder C)

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Speeches by Others (Folder D)

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Speeches by Others (Folder E)

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Speeches by Others (Folder F)

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Speeches by Others (Folder G)

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Speeches by Others (Folder H)

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Speeches by Others (Folder I)

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Speeches by Others (Folder J)

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Speeches by Others (Folder K)

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Speeches by Others (Folder L)

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Speeches by Others (Folder M)

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Speeches by Others (Folder N)

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Speeches by Others (Folder O)

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Speeches by Others (Folder P)

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Scrapbook series

The Scrapbook series spans boxes 15 to 25. It contains nine scrapbooks, most of which focus on Butler's career as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Secretary of the Education and Arts Cabinet. There is also a more personal scrapbook containing family photos, some of which date back to Butler's boyhood and early days as a teacher.

Personal, Friends, and Family Scrapbook

  • Box 15, item 1
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Superintendent of Public Instruction, First Term, 1952-1956

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Superintendent of Public Instruction, Second Term, 1960-1963

  • Box 17, item 1
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Commissioner of Agriculture, First Term, 1964-1967

  • Box 18, item 1
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Superintendent of Public Instruction, Third Term, 1968-1971 (Box 1 of 2)

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Superintendent of Public Instruction, Third Term, 1968-1971 (Box 2 of 2)

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Third Term as Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1968-1971

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Commissioner of Agriculture, Second Term, January 1972-December 1975 (Box 1 of 2)

  • Box 22, item 1
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Commissioner of Agriculture, Second Term, January 1972-December 1975 (Box 2 of 2)

  • Box 23, item 1
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Kentucky Agricultural News, 1971-1975

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Secretary of Education and Arts Cabinet, 1976-?

  • Box 25, item 1
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Photographic series

The Photographic series, held in boxes 26 and 27, contains many photographs of Butler and other politicians. Some of the photos are autographed, including ones of Butler, Emerson "Doc" Beauchamp, Edward "Ned" Breathitt, Julian Carroll, Wendell Ford, and Harry Lee Waterfield.

Man shakes the hand of Wendell P. Butler, who holds an engraved plaque; a member of the press looks on, n.d.

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A large group of men sit on the ground in front of a small wooden shack, service vehicles beyond, n.d.

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Autographed portrait of Wendell P. Butler, Commissioner of Agriculture, 1975.

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Man with pool cue stands behind Wendell P. Butler as he lines up a shot. Social Workers' Conference, Lure Lodge, 1969. Photo was found in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Group of men, including Wendell P. Butler (front row, third from right), stand together at event, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Wrapped gifts on table, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Wendell P. Butler, wearing academic regalia, holds diploma and reaches for handshake with unidentified man; another man stands behind a podium with the seal of Morehead State University. Morehead, July 29, 1976. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Montage of twelve portraits of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Man talks to Wendell P. Butler near a coat rack, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Wendell P. Butler and two boys sit for portrait, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Wendell P. Butler stands behind a monument while holding paper and an envelope. Frankfort, June 25, 1976. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

  • Box 26, item 11
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Man sits in chair; woman stands behind him in doorway, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks." Written on photo is "Wendell P. Butler 1960-63."

  • Box 26, item 15
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An unidentified man, Wendell P. Butler, and Julian Carroll stand together at an event, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Education and Arts Cabinet."

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "KEA Speech at 1953 Convention."

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Autographed portrait of Julian Morton Carroll, 1975. Photo was found in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

  • Box 26, item 18
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Portrait of Governor Julian Morton Carroll sitting in front of American and Kentucky flags, 1975. Photo was found in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

  • Box 26, item 19
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Portrait of Lt. Wendell P. Butler, Miami, Winter 1944. Inscription on back of photo reads, "Lt. J.G. Wendell P. Butler This was made while he was in Miami, Florida going to school. He was there from January 21, 1944 to March 21, 1944." Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Wendell P. Butler stands with two men and two women, n.d.

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Wendell P. Butler and Bert Combs talk, n.d.

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Julian Carroll kneels next to sign reading "Heath High School Home of Gov. and Mrs. Julian Carroll," in front of brick school building. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Portrait of Martha Layne Collins, Clerk of the Court of Appeals. Martha Layne Collins of Versailles is secretary of the Kentucky Democratic Party and Kentucky's National Committeewoman. She formerly taught in the Jefferson and Woodford County school systems. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Portrait of Bob Stephens, Attorney General. Lexington attorney Bob Stephens has served as Fayette County Judge since 1969 and is a past secretary-treasurer and president of the Kentucky County Judges Association. He was at the time the president of the Kentucky Association of Counties. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Portrait of Lieutenant Governor Thelma Stovall, 1975. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Frances Jones Mills, State Treasurer; Clerk of the Court of Appeals at the time of her election, Frances Jones Mills was the first woman from southeastern Kentucky to serve in the General Assembly. She was president of the National Appellate Court Clerks' Association. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Portrait of the Carroll family. Back row: Bradley, Kenneth, Patrice; front row: Gov. Carroll, Mrs. (Charlann) Carroll, and Elly. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

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Portrait of James B. Graham, Superintendent of Public Instruction. A veteran in the field of education, Dr. James Graham has been superintendent of local school districts in Kentucky for 20 years. He is a native of Bardstown. Photo was in a folder from the 1975 Gubernatorial Inauguration.

  • Box 26, item 29
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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Woman wearing cowboy hat rides horse across track, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Man talks to eight women standing just inside doorway, n.d. Photo was in folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Wendell P. Butler stands with group on gravel lot, n.d.

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Two men in service uniforms stand behind a seated woman, n.d.

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler; written on photo is "My friend W.P. Butler." Photo was located in a file folder labeled "Commencement Talks."

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Portrait of Wendell P. Butler, n.d. Photo was located in a file folder labeled "KEA Speech at 1953 Convention."

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Man stands on veranda outside building, n.d.

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Wendell H. Ford administration portrait, ca. early 1970s.

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State board of education, 1963. First row: Henry Pogue, Keen Johnson, William Justice, R.C. Miller; Second row: Harry S. McAlpin, Wendell P. Butler, Hecht S. Lackey.

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Butler family portrait, ca. late 1960s, early 1970s.

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Portrait of Governor John Y. Brown Jr. and Phyllis George Brown, ca. 1980.

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State board of education, 1962. From left: Henry Pogue, A.C. Miller, Mrs. John H. Walls, Mrs. Frances Armstrong, William Justice, Keen Johnson, George Hart. Wendell P. Butler is seated at desk.

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Morehead State University Board of Regents, April 26, 1969. Seated: Dr. W.H. Cartmell, Vice Chairman, Maysville; Wendell P. Butler, Chairman, Frankfort; Charles D. Wheeler, Ashland; Jerry F. Howell, Jackson; B.F. Reed, Drift; Standing: William A. Bradford, President of the Student Council, Greenup; Lloyd Cassidy, Ashland; President Adron Doran; Cloyd McDowell, Harlan; Franklin M. Mangrum, Faculty Representative, Morehead.

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Butler family portrait, n.d.

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Portrait of Wendell H. Ford, with inscription reading "To: The man with the pretty name, Wendell Butler. Best wishes, Wendell Ford."

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Portrait of Julian Carroll seated at desk, ca. early 1970s. Photograph is autographed with inscription, "To my good friend Wendell Butler, Julian Carroll, Lt. Governor."

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Portrait of Julian Carroll in front of American and Kentucky flags, autographed with inscription "To a great friend and loyal supporter, Wendell Butler."

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Portrait of Julian Carroll in front of American and Kentucky flags, ca. 1974.

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Portrait of Emerson "Doc" Beauchamp, autographed with inscription reading "To my long-time friend, the 'little fat Prof.'"

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John Y. Brown, Jr. and wife Phyllis George Brown stand together in Governor's Mansion, n.d.

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Portrait of Harry Lee Waterfield, n.d. Photograph is autographed with inscription, "To Wendell P. Butler, with every good wish."

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Gov. Wendell Ford and Lt. Gov. Julian Carroll pose with their cabinet, including Wendell P. Butler, ca. 1971.

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Earle Clements and Gov. Wetherby stand with the Kentucky Senate, 1950.

  • Box 27, item 16
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Wendell P. Butler sits at a desk; five men and two women stand around him, n.d.

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Bert Combs stands with one hand on Wendell P. Butler's shoulder with a large group of men, including John Breckinridge and Wendell Ford, ca. 1959.

  • Box 27, item 18
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Portrait of Wilson W. Wyatt, n.d.

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Portrait of Lawrence W. Wetherby, n.d.

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Portrait of Bert Combs, n.d.

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Portrait of Wendell Ford, autographed with inscription reading, "To: The man with the pretty name, Wendell Butler."

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Portrait of Edward T. Breathitt, autographed with inscription reading "To my friend Wendell Butler, a fine Commissioner of Agriculture."

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Composite of the 1960 Kentucky House of Representatives.

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Audio-Visual series

The Audio-Visual series, held in boxes 28 and 29, consists primarily of audio cassettes, although there are also some audio and film reels. Topics discussed include education, the Minimum Foundation Program, Kentucky Educational Television, and the Blind Bureau. The series contains several home audio recordings and a few teaching materials.

Home recordings.

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Teacher tape for classroom French language lessons.

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Teacher tape for classroom French language lessons.

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Kentucky Minimum Foundation Program, Dec. 21, 1976.

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Wendell P. Butler interview, February 2, 1977; with William E. Ellis for the Robert R. Martin oral history project of the Eastern Kentucky University archives division. Butler and Ellis discuss Robert R. Martin, the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Minimum Foundation Program, and education in Kentucky.

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Testimony before Kentucky Assembly committee regarding the Blind Bureau, ca. 1976

  • Box 28, item 6
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Recording of various piano compositions made on a cold Sunday morning.

  • Box 28, item 7
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Interview with Wendell P. Butler about Western Kentucky University and Kentucky education, November 22, 1977.

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Recordings of jazz music (Mayhard Furgeson?)

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Testimony in front of a governmental body regarding the Henderson school district.

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Recording of a committee meeting regarding the budget and personnel of the Blind Bureau.

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Speech by Wendell P. Butler regarding the Minimum Foundation Program.

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Wendell P. Butler speaks about KET and the Kentucky Historic Commission.

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Butler family home music recordings.

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Drivers' education film "Will it be Go?"

  • Box 29, item 1
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Kentucky Council of Education "Dollars and Sense"

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Memorabilia series

The Memorabilia series is the last in the collection, spanning boxes 30 and 31. It consists primarily of certificates awarded to Butler. Also included are several invitations and programs, and a variety of campaign materials (flyers, posters, brochures, and business cards).

Kentucky Bicentennial Souvenir with portraits of all Kentucky Governors, along with brief descriptions of each.

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Program from the Robert R. Martin tribute dinner, September 16, 1976.

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Program from the October 21, 1968 inauguration of Harry M. Sparks as president of Murray State University.

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Invitation to the Kentucky Bicentennial Ball and Gala Celebration.

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Program from the Kentucky Bicentennial Ball and Gala Celebration.

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Program from the October 11, 1963 inauguration of Carl McClellan Hill as president of Kentucky State College.

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Certificate signed by Governor Lawrence W. Wetherby, appointing Wendell P. Butler a member of the Southern Regional Education Board from March 14, 1952 to June 30, 1956. Mounted to a large piece of paper; on the reverse side of the paper is an invitation from Governor and Mrs. Wilkinson to the "Run for the Roses."

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Photo of a group including Wendell P. Butler outside a building at Western Kentucky University. Mounted below the photo is a letter from Paul B. Cook, executive vice president for administrative affairs at Western Kentucky University; on the reverse side of the page is a certificate identifying Butler as a member of the Kentucky Historical Society.

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Certificate identifying Wendell P. Butler as a member of the KET Advisory Committee. Taped to a piece of paper; on the reverse side of the page is a certificate identifying Butler as a member of the Honorary Society of Kentucky Mountain Men.

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Certificate identifying Wendell P. Butler as a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Taped to a piece of paper; on the reverse side of the page is a certificate identifying Butler as an official plug puller.

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Certificate honoring Wendell P. Butler for his service to vocational education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Taped to a piece of paper; on the reverse side of the page is a certificate identifying Butler as an honorary member of the Louisville Area Beekeeper Association.

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Certificate identifying Wendell P. Butler as an honorary member of the Morehead State University Agriculture Club. Taped to a piece of paper; on the reverse side of the page is a certificate from the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association, naming Butler as the recipient of the Ben F. Coffman award.

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Certificate honoring Wendell P. Butler for his support of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Taped to a piece of paper.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell P. Butler as an admiral in the Department for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. Taped to a piece of paper.

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Certificate verifying that Wendell P. Butler received the greatest number of votes for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 6, 1951. Taped to a piece of paper; on the reverse side of the page is a certificate signed by Edward T. Breathitt, commissioning Butler as a Kentucky Colonel.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler a member of the Kentucky Commission on Employ the Handicapped. Taped to a piece of paper.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell P. Butler as a Kentucky Colonel. Signed by Drexell R. Davis (acting for Julian Carroll); taped to a piece of paper.

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Invitation to an open house honoring W.M. Watkins on his 100th birthday. Taped to a piece of paper.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell P. Butler as a rear admiral in the Salt River Navy.

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Certificate awarding Wendell P. Butler a key to My Old Kentucky Home.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler a member of the Kentucky Farm Development Authority.

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Certificate naming Wendell Butler an Arkansas Traveler.

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Certificate naming Wendell Butler an honorary citizen of the state of Florida.

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Certificate honoring Wendell Butler for his work on the Kentucky Air Pollution Control Commission.

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Certificate honoring Wendell Butler for his service to the Farm Incentive Program.

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Certificate appointing Wendell Butler an ex-officio member of the executive committee of the Governor's Economic Development Commission.

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Certificate naming Wendell P. Butler Honorary Chief of Police in Shively, Kentucky.

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Certificate honoring Wendell P. Butler, from the Council of State Governments.

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Certificate certifying that Wendell P. Butler was officially elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Certificate from the Department of Conservation, commissioning Wendell P. Butler as an admiral of the fleet of pleasure boats cruising the waterways of Kentucky.

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Certificate certifying that Wendell P. Butler was officially elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler to a term as Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Certificate naming Wendell P. Butler a member of the Constitutional Revision Study Group.

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Certificate verifying that Wendell P. Butler received the greatest number of votes in the November 1963 election for the position of Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics.

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Certificate verifying that Wendell P. Butler received the greatest number of votes in the November 1967 election for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Certificate verifying that Wendell P. Butler received the greatest number of votes in the November 1971 election for the position of Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics.

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Certificate appointing Wendell Butler as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.

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Certificate certifying that Wendell P. Butler was officially elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Certificate granting Wendell P. Butler membership in the Golden Anniversary Club of Western Kentucky University.

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Award of Merit presented to Wendell P. Butler for leadership and service to the Commonwealth while serving as Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Certificate honoring Wendell P. Butler for his contribution to the Kiwanis Club International.

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Certificate naming Wendell Butler an honorary member of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association.

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Certificate identifying Wendell P. Butler as a Founder Exhibitor at the First National Farm Machinery Show.

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Certificate from the Arts Club of Louisville, honoring Wendell P. Butler for his leadership and service in support of the arts.

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Certificate honoring Wendell P. Butler for his outstanding diplomacy in State Government.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell P. Butler as a Kentucky Colonel. Signed by Edward T. Breathitt.

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Certificate honoring Wendell P. Butler for his service to the vocational agriculture program.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell P. Butler as a Kentucky Colonel. Signed by Lawrence Wetherby.

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Certificate reappointing Wendell Butler as a member of the Economic Development Commission.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell P. Butler as a Kentucky Colonel. Signed by Julian Carroll.

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Certificate certifying Wendell P. Butler as the duly elected Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Certificate naming Wendell P. Butler an honorary Squire of the Coon Range.

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Campaign card for Wendell P. Butler's run for Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Campaign card for Wendell P. Butler's run for State Senator.

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Mini-booklet from Wendell P. Butler's campaign for State Senator.

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Postcard featuring the poem "In Kentucky," paintings of wildlife, and a painting of a man holding a glass of amber-colored liquid.

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Booklet entitled "A History of the Democratic Party."

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Room service menu and guest service directory for the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville.

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Booklet entitled "The Mansion Saved," about the restoration of the Governor's Mansion.

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Crayoned image of Kentucky with message "Education will lead toA Greater Kentucky."

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Booklet of campaign cards for Wendell Butler's campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Green campaign card from Wendell Butler's campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Small brochure promoting Pearl Frances Runyon for State Treasurer.

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Reprint of the May 1983 issue of Rural Kentuckian.

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"News Round-Up" brochure promoting Wilson W. Wyatt for governor.

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Three maps of Kentucky with counties identified.

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Outline of the Democrats' 10-point program for farming progress.

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Yellow campaign card for Wendell P. Butler's run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Brochure from Robert R. Martin's campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Brochure from Wendell P. Butler's campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Message of sympathy for the death of Edna Butler, sent to Wendell Butler from the members of Capital City Methodist Church.

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Bound fliers from Wendell P. Butler's campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Flyer from Wendell P. Butler's primary campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Certificate commissioning Wendell Butler as a general in the West Virginia Progress Corps.

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Certificate honoring Wendell Butler for his contributions to agriculture and rural development.

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Poster promoting Wendell P. Butler for Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Campaign poster from Wendell P. Butler's run for Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Book of highlights from the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Council of State Governments.

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Certificate of appreciation for Wendell Butler from the Milestone Club.

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Certificate of appreciation for Wendell Butler from the Governor's Commission on Agriculture.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler an ex-officio member of the State Archives and Records Commission.

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Certificate naming Wendell Butler a member of the Economic Development Commission.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler to the National Advisory Board of the United States Association of Television Viewers.

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Certificate granting Wendell P. Butler honorary life membership in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.

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Certificate appointing Wendell Butler an honorary page, on the motion of Representative James E. Bruce.

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Campaign poster from Wendell P. Butler's run for Commissioner of Agriculture.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler a member and chairman of the Kentucky State Board of Agriculture.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler an ex-officio member of the Governor's Council on Agriculture.

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Certificate appointing Wendell P. Butler Secretary of the Education and Arts Cabinet.

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Certificate naming Wendell P. Butler an admiral of the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

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Poster commemorating the 20th anniversary of KET.

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