Urey Woodson papers,

Abstract

The Urey Woodson papers contain the correspondence and papers of Urey Woodson, dating primarily from 1929 to 1939. There are many letters from newspapermen written during 1929-1930, on the occasion of Woodson's retirement, about his long newspaper career.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Urey Woodson papers,
Creator
Woodson, Urey, 1859-1939.
Extent
2.8 Cubic feet
Subjects
Governors--Kentucky.
Journalists.
Newspaper publishing--Kentucky.
Politicians.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
55M40 : [Identification of item], Urey Woodson papers, 1898-1939, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Urey Woodson was born in Madisonville, Ky. He had a long and varied dual career in newspaper publishing and politics. Woodson was editor and publisher of the Owensboro Messenger from 1888 to 1929, when he retired from the newspaper business. He was active in the Democratic Party at both the state and national levels for an even longer period of time. Woodson actively supported the careers of William Jennings Bryan, William Goebel, and Alben Barkley. He served on the Democratic National Committee from 1896 to 1916, and again from 1924 to 1928. He was committee secretary from 1904 to 1912. He was rewarded for his services to Franklin Roosevelt in the election of 1932 with the post of Alien Property Commissioner, a position he held from 1933 to 1939. Woodson published a biography of William Goebel, The First New Dealer, in 1939, shortly before his death.
Scope and Content
The Urey Woodson papers contain correspondence dating primarily from 1929 to 1939. There are many letters from newspapermen written during 1929-1930, on the occasion of Woodson's retirement, about his long newspaper career. There are letters from Kentucky and national Democratic politicians and powerbrokers. Woodson corresponded frequently with Alben Barkley and Cordell Hull during and after the 1932 election, James A. Farley, Roosevelt's campaign manager, and many others. There are a few letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Happy Chandler, Young E. Allison, Josephus Daniels, Keen Johnson, Arthur Krock, Ruby Laffoon, H.L. Mencken, and Lowell Thomas.
Woodson's considerable correspondence with friends such as Jesse Ricks and George A. Cooke frequently includes political gossip. Much of the material from 1938 and 1939 relates to Woodson's gathering of materials for his book on William Goebel, The First New Dealer. There are also typescripts of speeches and newspaper columns and a small amount of printed matter in the collection. The collection includes a photograph of the Democratic National Committee from 1912.

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 are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence,, 1923-1939

Democratic National Committee,, 1932 January 9-May 23

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Democratic National Committee,, 1932 May 24-June 27

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Democratic National Committee,, 1932 July 4-October 17

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Democratic National Committee,, 1932 October 18-December 31

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Democratic National Committee,, 1933 January-April

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Democratic National Committee,, 1938 January-April

  • Box 5, Folder 6
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Democratic National Committee,, 1938 May-July

  • Box 5, Folder 7
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Democratic National Committee,, 1938 August-November

  • Box 5, Folder 8
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Democratic National Committee,, 1938 November-December

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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Democratic National Committee-Alien Property Custodian,, 1934 April-June

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Democratic National Committee-Alien Property Custodian Appointment,, 1934 July-October

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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Democratic National Committee-Alien Property Custodian Appointment,, 1934 November-December

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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Democratic National Committee-Alien Property Custodian Apointment,, 1935 July-December

  • Box 3, Folder 8
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Democratic National Committee-Department of Justice Appointment,, 1935 January-April

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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Democratic National Committee-Department of Justice Appointment,, 1935 May-June

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Democratic National Committee Political,, 1931

  • Box 1, Folder 7
  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Democratic National Committee-Political Appointments,, 1933 July-August

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Democratic National Committee-Political Appointments,, 1933 September-December

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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Owensboro Messenger,, 1932

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Owensboro Messenger sale,, 1928

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Personal,, 1931-1933

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Personal,, 1934-1935

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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Personal,, 1936

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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Political,, 1939 January-March

  • Box 6, Folder 4
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Political,, 1939 April-June

  • Box 6, Folder 5
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Railroad Acquisition,, 1923

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Railroad Commission,, 1926

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Registration Political,, 1939 July-August

  • Box 6, Folder 6
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Retirement Congratulations (newspaper),, 1929

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Unidentified,, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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William Goebel Research The First New Dealer,, 1939 January-March

  • Box 7, Folder 4
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William Goebel Research The First New Dealer,, 1936-1938

  • Box 6, Folder 8
  • Box 6, Folder 9
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Papers,, 1898-1939

Democratic National Committee,, 1930

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Democratic National Committee Alien Property Custodian,, 1934 January

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Democratic National Committee Alien Property Custodian,, 1934 February-April

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Democratic National Committee Appointments,, 1937 January-April

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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Democratic National Committee Appointments,, 1937 May-June

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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Democratic National Committee Appointments,, 1937 July-December

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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Democratic National Committee Photograph, 1912

  • Box 7, Folder 7
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Democratic National Committee Political Appointments,, 1933 May-June

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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Democratic National Committee Political Appointments,, 1936 January-March

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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Democratic National Committee Political Appointments,, 1936 April-May

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Democratic National Committee Political Appointments,, 1936 June-July

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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Democratic National Committee Political Appointments,, 1936 August-September

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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Democratic National Committee Political Appointments,, 1936 October-December

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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Democratic Victory Dinner and Receipts,, 1937

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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The First New Dealer Publishers,, 1939

  • Box 7, Folder 6
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Greenriver Property Investigation Oil Leasing,, 1938

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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Irvin S. Cobb Moments of Big Trials,, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 8
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The National Young Republicans Contributors,, 1933

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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Pamphlets, Clippings,, 1898-1931

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Pandennis Club,, 1935 May

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Recollections of William Jennings Bryan by Urey Woodson,, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 9
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Telegrams and Receipts,, 1938

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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William Goebel Research The First New Dealer,, 1933 November 1

  • Box 6, Folder 7
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William Goebel Research The First New Dealer,, 1938

  • Box 7, Folder 2
  • Box 7, Folder 1
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