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Harley Martin Kilgore (1893-1956), Senator, Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.1500

Scope and Contents

Papers of Harley M. Kilgore, U.S. Senator from West Virginia. Contains material on the Senate Judiciary Committee and its various subcommittees including the anti-monopoly, internal security, and immigration groups. Other papers deal with the Special Committee Investigating the National Defense Program (also known as the Truman Committee), West Virginia elections, and the National Guard. There is one box of campaign materials and various speeches.

Correspondents include Bernard M. Baruch; Charles F. Brannan; Alben W. Barkley; Harry F. Byrd; Solon J. Buck; Price Daniel; Everett M. Dirksen; Guy M. Gillette; W. Averell Harriman; Thomas Hennings; Rush Dew Holt, Sr.; Theodore F. Green; Estes Kefauver; Lyndon B. Johnson; Herbert H. Lehman; George Jessel; Owen J. Roberts; Stuart Symington; Millard E. Tydings; Adlai E. Stevenson; and Harry S. Truman.

Contents List:

Box 1; folder 1; American Federationist; February 22, 1945

Box 1; folder 2; Arthurdale; undated

Box 1; folder 3; Bernard M. Baruck; 1941-1947

Box 1; folder 4; Cartels - Index to Kilgore Committee; 1951-1955

Box 1; folder 5; Chow, Albert - 2nd China Visit; June 1, 1950

Box 1; folder 6; Civil Aeronautics S2 & 541; 1940-1946

Box 1; folder 7; European Trip; 1945-1951

Box 1; folder 8; Historical Data; 1944-1950

Box 1; folder 9; Holt, Rush Dew; undated

Box 1; folder 10; Kilgore Invitations; 1942-1955

Box 1; folder 11; Kilian, Colonel James A.; 1946-1947

Box 1; folder 12; Labor; 1947-1954

Box 1; folder 13; Labor - Management; 1945-1946

Box 1; folder 14; Labor Unions; 1941-1946

Box 1; folder 15; Magazines; 1946-1956

Box 2; folder 1; National Guard Legislation; 1941-1954

Box 2; folder 2; National Guard United States; 1941-1950

Box 2; folder 3; Parkersburg - Die & Tool Co.; 1954

Box 2; folder 4; Printed Materials; 1944, 1949, 1955

Box 2; folder 5; Kilgore Radio; 1942-1943, 1945

Box 2; folder 6; Rules Committee; 1949

Box 2; folder 7; Secretary of Labor - W.Va. Wanted H.M.K; 1945

Box 2; folder 8a-8b; Security Hearings; 1954

Box 2; folder 9; Steber, Eleanor; 1953

Box 2; folder 10; Stevenson, Adlai; 1954-1956

Box 2; folder 11; Truman, Harry S.; 1948

Box 2; folder 12; War Mobilization; 1937-1941

Box 3; folder 1; W.Va. Elections; 1890-1948

Box 3; folder 2; Alaska Water Transportation. Alaska Steamship Company. Pier 42, Seattle 4, Washington. By F.A. Zeusler; 1940-1956

Box 2; folder 3; Zeusler, Hon. F.A.; 1952

Box 3; folder 4; H.M. Kilgore Speeches; 1938-1954

Box 3; folder 5; Kilgore Legislation; 1941-1954

Box 3; folder 6; Kilgore Speeches; 1940-1955

Box 3; folder 7; Kilgore Political; 1944-1955

Box 3; folder 8; Non-Campaign Speech Material; 1953

Box 3; folder 9; Campaign Speech Material; 1918-1955

Box 3; folder 10; #2 Campaign - 1952 General; 1940-1952

Box 3; folder 11; Kilgore Handbook; 1933-1952

Box 4; folder 1; Judiciary Committee Resolutions - Confidential; 1953, 1955

Box 4; folder 2; Executive Committee Meeting Minutes - Confidential; 1955

Box 4; folder 3; Judiciary Committee - Miscellaneous; 1955

Box 4; folder 4a-4c; Anti-Monopoly Subcommittee #3; 1955

Box 4; folder 5; Anti-Monopoly Subcommittee #2; 1955

Box 4; folder 6a-6c; Immigration Subcommittee; 1954-1956

Box 4; folder 7; Immigration Subcommittee; 1948, 1950

Box 4; folder 8; Juvenile Delinquency; 1954-1955

Box 5; folder 1; Judiciary Committee (Hearings on S.3735 - Theatre Divorcement) Volume 1; April 22, 1940

Box 5; folder 2; Judiciary Committee (Hearings on S.3735 - Theatre Divorcement) Volume 2; May 16, 1940

Box 5; folder 3; Miscellaneous Judiciary; 1950-1955

Box 5; folder 4; Antitrust Subcommittee - HCM; 1955

Box 5; folder 5; Judiciary Committee; 1954-1955

Box 5; folder 6; Judiciary Committee; January - February 1956

Box 5; folder 7; Immigration; 1943, 1945, 1955

Box 5; folder 8; Internal Security Subcommittee; 1950-1955

Box 6; folder 1; Truman Committee; 1936-1945

Box 6; folder 2; Truman Committee; 1941-1943

Box 6; folder 3; Truman Committee; 1936-1944

Box 6; folder 4a; Truman Committee; 1854, 1943-1944

Box 6; folder 4b; Truman Committee; 1943-1945

Box 6; folder 5; Liberty Ships; 1941-1946

Box 6; folder 6; Committee Investigating National Defense; 1946; 1950

Box 6; folder 7; American Bureau of Shipping, Data in Connections with Liberty Ship Failures; February 15, 1944

Box 7; folder 1; Subcommittee to Investigate National Defense - Production of Tank Lighters; June 9, 1942

Box 7; folder 2; Subcommittee to Investigate National Defense - Production of Tank Lighters; June 8, 1942

Oversize; folder 1; United Mine Workers Journal (formerly box 1, folder 13); August 1, 1954

Oversize; folder 1; Matusow, Harvey (formerly box 1, folder 17); 1955

Oversize; folder 2; Voice of America (formerly box 2, folder 13); undated

Oversize; folder 3; Miscellaneous (inlcudes statement by Kilgore from box 3, folder 7 and Cincinnati Post morning edition from Nov. 12, 1918 from box 3, folder 9); 1918, 1947

Oversize; folder 4; Clippings from box 6, folders 1 and 3; ca. 1942-1944

Oversize; folder 5; Clippings from box 6, folders 4a, 4b, and 5; ca. 1943-1944

Oversize; folder 6; Miscellaneous Drawings (includes "An Application of coal Fuel to Liberty Ships" (1942), a capacity plan for the SS Robert Treat Paine (1942), a schematic for a ship related to a patent applied for by John Phillips Badenhausen (undated), and a complete mobile power plant plan by Badenhausen (1942), all from box 6, folder 5); ca. 1942-1944

Dates

  • 1890, 1937-1956

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

Harley Martin Kilgore (January 11, 1893 - February 28, 1956) was born in Brown, West Virginia, to Quimby and Laura Martin Kilgore. He received his LL.B. from West Virginia University in 1914 and was admitted to the bar the same year.

He taught school in Hancock, West Virginia in 1914 and 1915. Also in 1915, he organized the first high school in Raleigh County, WV, and served as principal. He established his law practice in Beckley, WV in 1916. During World War I, he served in the infantry from 1917 and was discharged as a captain in 1920. Kilgore married Lois Elaine Lilly in Huntington, WV on May 10, 1921. That same year, he helped organize the West Virginia National Guard, and was promoted to major and appointed commander of 2nd Battalion the following year. He also served as Beckley city recorder in 1922. His son, Robert Martin Kilgore, was born in 1924. His daughter, Elinor Stuart Kilgore, was born in 1926.

In 1932, Kilgore was assigned to the state headquarters of the National Guard. He was elected judge of the Raleigh County criminal court from 1933 to 1940 on the Democratic ticket. In 1940, he was elected to the U.S. Senate with support from the Neely faction of the Democratic Party, and won reelection in 1946 and 1952. Also in 1940, he was placed on active military duty as judge advocate for West Virginia's Selective Service system until he entered the Senate. A member of the U.S. Senate from 1941 until his death, Kilgore served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. In October 1942, he became chair of the Subcommittee on War Mobilization of the Military Affairs Committee (also known as the Kilgore Committee).

In 1948, Kilgore served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, where he was an outspoken supporter of Harry S. Truman. He retired from the West Virginia National Guard as a lieutenant colonel in 1953. He died in 1956 at age 63 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Extent

2.8 Linear Feet (Summary: 2 ft. 9 1/2 in. (6 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (6 oversize folders, 1 in. total))

Overview

Papers of Harley M. Kilgore, U.S. Senator from West Virginia. Contains material on the Senate Judiciary Committee and its various subcommittees including the anti-monopoly, internal security, and immigration groups. Other papers deal with the Special Committee Investigating the National Defense Program (also known as the Truman Committee), West Virginia elections, and the National Guard. There is one box of campaign materials and various speeches. Correspondents include Bernard M. Baruch; Rush Dew Holt, Sr.; Adlai E. Stevenson; and Harry S. Truman. For a detailed contents list, please see the scope and content note. See Historical Note for more information on Senator Kilgore.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

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Title
Harley Martin Kilgore (1893-1956), Senator, Papers, 1890, 1937-1956
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536