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Physical Materials

Estes Kefauver Papers, MPA.0144, Box 28, folder 2, Boxes 474 and 476

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U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1949-1963 and gained national fame when he held televised hearings on organized crime in the early 1950s. Kefauver was fairly liberal for a Southern Democrat of the time, and while civil rights was not one of Kefauver’s main causes, his collection contains some materials related to the battle for and against racial integration of public schools.

This collection contains materials about the Clinton, Tennessee high school that was desegregated after Brown v. Board of Education, including correspondence to and from Kefauver as well as drafts, documents compiled for a trial against one of the pro-segregation activists, a letter from members of the Anderson County School Board to President Eisenhower, and contemporary news articles. Other materials contain Judicial Committee Files related to Civil Rights, including correspondence to and from voters, politicians and other stakeholders with varying opinions on the issues of desegregation. The materials in these folders were most likely filed by a member of Kefauver’s staff after the fact.

Topics and Themes: Civil Rights, Governance, Segregation, Education

Estes Kefauver Papers, MPA.0144, Box 171 and 172

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U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1949-1963 and gained national fame when he held televised hearings on organized crime in the early 1950s. Later in the decade, Kefauver launched another series of hearings to investigate the causes and dangers of young adults veering toward crime and corruption. Influenced by the psychiatrist Frederic Wertham, Kefauver saw comic books as one of many threats to the decency of American youth.

This collection contains papers from Estes Kefauver’s collection concerning fears about comic books, juvenile delinquency, and the morals of young people.

Topics and Themes: Governance, Media, Crime, Youth

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Digital Materials

Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Digital Teaching Collection

Available for instruction is also a Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Digital Teaching Collection that can be found here. The following Digital Collections are additional digitized Special Collections materials that may be relevant or useful to topics of crime, governance, and media.

Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection

Press releases, speeches, article drafts, and government publications penned by politician Estes Kefauver and colleagues on the organized crime and juvenile delinquency commissions are included in this collection.