The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Bert Combs project
Repository: University of Kentucky. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History
Collection Description (CRHP): Selections from the interviews were published in "Bert Combs the Politician: An Oral History" in the Kentucky Remembered Series (University of Kentucky Press, 1991).
Collection Description (Extant): Bert Thomas Combs, born in 1911 in Clay County, served as governor of Kentucky from 1959 to 1963 and on the United States Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1967 to 1970.
There are interviews with Combs, his relatives, and his political associates, including Barry Bingham, Sr., Carl D. Perkins, Edward F. Prichard, Jr., Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr., John Y. Brown, Sr., Wendell P. Butler, A.B. "Happy" Chandler, and Lawrence W. Wetherby. They discuss Combs's childhood in Prestonsburg, his career through 1970, factionalism in the Democratic party, political campaigning in Kentucky, Combs's programs for education and transportation, the sales tax, veterans' bonuses, tourism and state parks, the merit system, civil rights, conservation, and revision of the state constitution.
Access Copy Note: Copies of the interviews are also held at the Eastern Kentucky University Archives.
Collection URL: http://libraries.uky.edu/libpage.php?lweb_id=11&llib_id=13<ab_id=259
Interviewees: Philip Ardery, Fontaine Banks, Jr., Robert Bell, Barry Bingham, Sr., Raymond Bossmeyer, John Y. Brown, Sr., Wendell P. Butler, Tommy Carroll, A. B. "Happy" Chandler, Bert Combs, Robert Combs, Robert Cornett, John Crimmins, Harry Davis, Ed Easterly, Martin Duffy, Jo Ferguson, Edward Fossett, Ed Farris, J. David Francis, Walter Gattis, Polly Gorman, Arthur Grafton, Lambert Hehl, Sarah Kaufmann, Gil Kingsberry, Shelby Kinkead, Arthur Lloyd, Glenn Lovern, Louise Marcum, Ed Marcum, Steve Marcum, T. R. Marcum, Robert Martin, Jack Matlick, Robert Matthews, William May, Sr., Henry Meigs, Cattie Miller, Harry Miller, J. R. Miller, Thurston Morton, Ruth Murphy, Foster Ockerman, John Palmore, John Pearce, Carl D. Perkins, Earl Powell, Edward F. Prichard, Jr., Julius Rather, McKay Reed, H. Clyde Reeves, Mrs. Paul Rehm, Robert Rivers, William Scent, Leon Shaikun, Jay Spurrier, Thelma Stovall, June Taylor, J. O. Van Hook, Samuel Van Curon, James Ware, Harry Waterfield, Lois Weinberg, Lawrence W. Wetherby, Dix Winston, Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr.
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for more information on rights.
African Americans--Civil rights--Kentucky
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Kentucky--Politics and government