Senator Frank Carlson papers

Senator Frank Carlson papers

Dates: 1954

Microfilm of the Senator Frank Carlson Papers concerning the McCarthy Censure Committee. The microfilm was made by the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, 1975, where the original papers are held. The papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and political cartoons, dated September-November 1954.

  • Extent: 1 microfilm box (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Carlson, Frank, 1893-1987
  • Call Number: MSS 6083
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Nothing from this collection can be reproduced without premission from the Kansas State Historical Society.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Senator Frank Carlson Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6083; Senator Frank Carlson Papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6083, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Found in stacks; 2008.
Acquisition Information
Found in stacks; 2008.
Related Material
L. Tom Perry Special Collections has a microfilm of these papers. The original collection resides at the Kansas State Historical Society.
Subject Terms
Carlson, Frank, 1893-1987--Archives; McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957; Civic Activism; Communism--United States--History--20th century; Politics, Government, and Law
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.I, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Carlson (Senator Frank) Papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-06T04:00-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Frank Carlson (1893-1987) was a governor, representative, and senator for the state of Kansas.

Carlson was born 23 January 1893 near Concordia, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University and then served as a private in World War I from 1918-1919. He married Alice Fredrickson on 26 August 1919 in Kansas. After the war he began farming in Concordia until 1929 when he was elected to the Kansas legislature and then the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1935-1947. In 1947, he was elected governor of Kansas, where he worked on issues such as mental health programs and long-term highway projects. He was elected in 1950 to be a Kansas senator. During the 1952 presidential elecetion he campaigned for Dwight D. Eisenhower, a fellow Texan. He was re-elected in 1956 and 1962 and then retired to Concordia. He died 30 May 1987 at his home. He has a federal court building named after him in Topeka.

Carlson was involved in the McCarthy Censure Committee, which was a senate committee composed of U.S. Senators opposed to the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy and called for his censorship. The papers in this collection deal with Carlson's involvement in the committee.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts