The Jennings mss., 1924-1956, are the papers of John Kaley Jennings, 1883-1972, Indiana WPA administrator.

The collection consists of letters from and to prominent political figures, friends, business letters, speeches, and official documents during his period as a public administrator. The bulk of the material covers his public service period.

Some of the more important subjects include politics in Indiana, 1921-1929: his political campaign as a democratic candidate for Mayor of Evansville, Spring 1934; memos, orders, messages, and other material issued in connection with the Ohio River flood disaster in Evansville, Indiana, January and February 1937; reports of the Indiana National Guard and the assistance they rendered at the time of the flood, 1937: coal dealers' meeting, January 1937; material from his activities as a WPA administrator, 1935-43; Senate investigation findings and evidence of material of the WPA political activities and conditions in Indiana, compiled by Senator Raymond E. Willis, 1939; extensive correspondence on his poker playing and difficulties with the authorities, 1944; tax board investigation of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, 1932; correspondence on Evansville Gridiron Club, 1955-1956; financial statements and reports of 1953, 1954, 1955, when he served as treasurer of the Indiana Democratic State Committee.

Among the correspondents in the collection are Paul Mulholland Butler, Samuel Hugh Dillin, Charles Bates Enlow, George Hansen Field, Philip Bracken Fleming, Everett L. Gardner, Robert Clifford Goodwin, Harry Lloyd Hopkins, William Albert Kunkel, Louis Leon Ludlow, Carleton Buel McCulloch, Paul Vories McNutt, Ray John Madden, Henry Wright Marshall, Carl Henry Mullen, Louis Ruthenburg, M. Clifford Townsend. Frederick Van Nuys, F. Harold Van Orman, and Matthew Empson Welsh.

The collection also includes his printed platform as candidate for Mayor; pamphlets and leaflets of interest to him; eight scrapbooks, 1924-1941, on politics, work relief, tax adjustment, and WPA; newspaper clippings about him and the WPA activities, 1925-1963; photographs of Jennings; two photograph albums of WPA projects; and fourteen films dealing with WPA projects, flood, etc.

Gift. John K. Jennings, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1963

300 items

(Source: Jennings mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University.)

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