A Guide to the William Pierce Kennedy Papers, 1910-1953 Kennedy, William Pierce, Papers, 1910-1953 42163

A Guide to the William Pierce Kennedy Papers, 1910-1953

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession number 42163


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession number
42163
Title
William Pierce Kennedy Papers, 1910-1953
Size
6.5 cubic feet
Creator
William Pierce Kennedy
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

William Pierce Kennedy Papers, 1910-1953. Accession 42163, Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Kennedy of Richmond, Virginia, 26 August 2005.


Biographical Information

William Pierce Kennedy was born 8 October 1878 in Lake City, Minnesota. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1900. Kennedy worked for the Springfield Union, the New Haven Palladium, the Boston Traveler, the Boston Herald, and the Holyoke Evening Telegram early in his newspaper career, serving as the Evening Telegram's managing editor for a while. Kennedy joined the Washington Times in 1911, becoming city editor. He joined the staff of the Washington Evening Star, serving as the Capitol Hill reporter until he retired in 1948. Kennedy and his wife Nancy Hanks Kennedy had two children. Kennedy died in Chevy Chase, Maryland 26 July 1954, and was buried in the St. John's Catholic Church cemetery in Forest Glen, Maryland.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1909-1953, of William Pierce Kennedy (1878-1954) of Washington D.C., consisting of articles, clippings, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, speeches, and other material relating to Kennedy's career as a journalist for the Washington Evening Star. Topics include the architecture, history, and politics of Washington; the United States Congress and the Capitol building; Virginia history; World War II and post-war peace; World War II spy rings; the press; dueling; and radio speeches and talks by Kennedy on various topics. Collection is divided into nine series: Series I: Speeches and Talks, 1926-1928. Series II: Memoirs, 1915-1949. Series III: The Press, 1923-1952. Series IV: The Capitol, 1910-1953. Series V: Virginia, 1915-1949. Series VI: Spy Rings, 1915-1945. Series VII: Post-World War II Peace. Series VII: Duels. Series IX: Scrapbook.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Series I: Speeches and Talks, 1926-1928. Series II: Memoirs, 1915-1949. Series III: The Press, 1923-1952. Series IV: The Capitol, 1910-1953. Series V: Virginia, 1915-1949. Series VI: Spy Rings, 1915-1945. Series VII: Post-World War II Peace, 1943-1945. Series VII: Duels. Series IX: Scrapbook.

Contents List

Series I: Radio Speeches and Talks, 1926-1928
Box: 1-2

Speeches and Talks, 1926-1928, contains talks delivered by Kennedy over radio station WMAL as well as talks given to various groups and organizations. Kennedy spoke on a variety of topics including political personalities in Congress; architecture, history, and political status of Washington D.C.; elections; education; taxation; vacations; laws and legislation; holidays; and other topics.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Radio Speeches, March 1926
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Radio Speeches, April 1926

    Speech, 12 April 1926, is located in box 8, folder 1.

  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Radio Speeches, May-June 1926

    Speeches, 25 May and 1 June 1926, are located in box 8, folder 1.

  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Talk to School of Journalism, George Washington University, 18 October 1926
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Radio Speeches, November 1926
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    Talk before Washington Chamber of Commerce, 16 November 1926
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    Radio Speeches, December 1926

    Speech, 25 December 1926, is located in box 8, folder 1.

  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    Talk before Women's City Club, 7 December 1926
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    Radio Speeches, January 1927
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    Talk to Salesmen of the Metropolitan Insurance Company, 5 January 1927
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Radio Speeches, February-March 1927
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Radio Speeches, April 1927

    Speech, 16 April 1927, is located in box 8, folder 2.

  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    Radio Speeches, May 1927

    Speech, 14 May 1927, is located in box 8, folder 2.

  • Box 8
    Folder 2
    Talk to Women's Club, First Congregational Church, 10 May 1927
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    Radio Speeches, June-July 1927

    Speech, 2 July 1927, is located in box 8, folder 3.

  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    Radio Speeches, September-October 1927

    Speeches, 10 September and 24 September 1927, are located in box 8, folder 3.

  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    Radio Speeches, December 1927 and [1927?]

    Speech, 24 December 1927, is filed as Speech, 25 December 1926, and is located in box 8, folder 1.

  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    Radio Speeches, 1928

    Speech, 13 October 1928, is located in box 8, folder 3.

Series II: Memoirs, 1915-1949
Box: 3

Memoirs, 1915-1949, consists of articles, biographies, clippings, correspondence, notes, programs, pamphlets, scrapbooks, speeches, and other materials. Includes biographical articles on Walter Lippman (1889-1974) and Westbrook Pegler (1894-1969) from the American Mercury; biographical pamphlet written for the 1932 presidential campaign on John Nance Garner (1868-1967); program honoring Theodore Williams Noyes (1858-1946); and an article on Samuel Lubell (1911-1987); correspondence of Kennedy regarding articles he wrote, his volunteering during World War I, potential book proposal, the American flag and Catholics, and a letter from a French military officer to Congressman Alfred Lee Bulwinkle (1883-1950) concerning conditions in France during and after World War II; articles and speeches by Kennedy concerning the Ellen Wilson Memorial Homes, members of Congress and the staff of the United States capitol, Washington D.C., Robert E. Peary (1856-1920); remarks and speeches of congressmen from the Congressional Record concerning forests, the Congressional Mace, New Mexico, John Fitch (1743-1798), Native Americans, World War II and peace, and other topics; Kennedy's scrapbook concerning his work with the citrus industry of Florida, his consideration of employment in advertising, and his work as a reporter; and clippings concerning scandal at the Naval Academy, the Monroe Doctrine, Mark Twain (1835-1910), World War I, the Supreme Court, and other interests of Kennedy's, as well as photographs of war damage in England and France and towers of the United States naval radio station.

  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Correspondence, 1915-1945
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Radio Talks, 1927
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    Articles and Speeches
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    Correspondence, Notes, Clippings, etc., relating to a possible book, 1921-1949

    Some clippings are located in box 9, folder 1.

  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    Scrapbook, 1915-1916
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    Photographs
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    Articles, Programs, Pamphlets, 1932-1945
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    Remarks and Speeches from the Congressional Record, 1924-1945
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    Clippings, 1945-1949

    Some clippings are located in box 9, folder 2.

  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    Notes
Series III: The Press, 1923-1952
Box: 4

The Press, 1923-1952, consists of articles, clippings, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, remarks, and speeches, covering both the national and the local press. Includes clippings concerning the press; correspondence to Kennedy regarding advertising and his offer to provide stories to newspapers; remarks and speeches by members of Congress from the Congressional Record concerning the press; articles, notes, and speeches by Kennedy regarding the press and its role in American life; and the American Society of Newspaper Editors; also articles and speeches concerning the 100th anniversary of the telegraph. Includes a pamphlet concerning the Chicago Sun-Times and a case of police violence.

  • Box 4
    Folder 1
    Correspondence, 1923
  • Box 4
    Folder 2
    Telegraph and Communications, 1943-1944
  • Box 4
    Folder 3
    Talks and Articles, 1926-1929, n.d.
  • Box 4
    Folder 4
    Making of a Newspaper (article and copies)
  • Box 4
    Folder 5
    Articles and Pamphlets, 1926-1951, n.d.
  • Box 4
    Folder 6
    Remarks and Speeches from the Congressional Record, 1927-1952
  • Box 4
    Folder 7
    American Society of Newspaper Editors,
  • Box 4
    Folder 8
    Clippings, 1923-1951
  • Box 4
    Folder 9
    Notes and Miscellaneous Items
  • Box 4
    Folder 10
    Notes
Series IV: The Capitol, 1910-1953
Box: 4

The Capitol, 1910-1953, contains articles, clippings, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, photographs, remarks, reports, and speeches concerning the United States Capitol building, including reports of the architect of the Capitol; photographs of the Capitol and of Washington D.C.; articles, clippings, and pamphlets about the Capitol, its architecture, its staff, and the sesquicentennial of the laying of its cornerstone; remarks and speeches in the Congressional Record about the Capitol; and articles on Washington D.C. and on President William Howard Taft's (1857-1930) summer capital in Beverly, Massachusetts.

  • Box 4
    Folder 11
    Reports of the Architect of the Capitol, 1930, 1938, 1939
  • Box 4
    Folder 12
    Reports of the Architect of the Capitol, 1940
  • Box 4
    Folder 13
    Pamphlets
  • Box 4
    Folder 14
    Remarks and Speeches from the Congressional Record and Congressional Reports, 1910-1944
  • Box 4
    Folder 15
    Articles and Drafts on Persons in the Capitol,
  • Box 4
    Folder 16
    Sesquicentennial of the laying of the Capitol cornerstone, 1943
  • Box 4
    Folder 17
    Statues, Floors, Rooms, and Miscellaneous
  • Box 4
    Folder 18
    The Capital 1910, 1944
  • Box 4
    Folder 19
    Photographs
  • Box 4
    Folder 20
    Clippings, 1922-1953
    Physical Location: Some clippings, 1922-1953 and n.d., located in box 9.

    Some clippings, 1922-1953 and no date, are located in box 9, folders 3-6.

  • Box 4
    Folder 21
    Correspondence and Notes, 1943-1945, no date
Series V: Virginia, 1915-1949
Box: 5

Virginia, 1915-1949, contains articles, clippings, correspondence, legislation, notes, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, press releases, speeches and remarks from the Congressional Record, and other items pertaining to Virginia and Virginia history. Topics include the history of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolution; the history of Culpeper, King George, Louisa, Orange, and Stafford Counties, Virginia; the history and restoration of Colonial Williamburg; the College of William and Mary; history of Jamestown; the preservation of battlefields at Yorktown (Colonial National Historical Park), Fredericksburg, and Manassas, Virginia; legislation regarding National Civil War Battlefield Parks; Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County, Virginia; the Marshall family of Maryland; and a guide to the ferries between Newport News and Norfolk, Virginia. Correspondents include: J. A. C. Chandler (1872-1934), H. J. Eckenrode (1881-1952), William Archer Rutherford Goodwin (1869-1939), Robert Walton Moore (1859-1941), Mary Newman, and Earl Gregg Swem (1870-1965).

  • Box 5
    Folder 1
    Correspondence, 1925-1932
  • Box 5
    Folder 2
    William Kennedy Articles

    Two articles are located in box 9, folder 7.

  • Box 5
    Folder 3
    Kennedy Yorktown Article Edited by Mary Newman
  • Box 5
    Folder 4
    Pamphlets on Jamestown, Williamsburg, College of William and Mary, and Yorktown
  • Box 5
    Folder 5
    Pamphlets on Arlington House, Fredericksburg, Pohick Church (Fairfax County), Richmond, Stratford Hall, and Virginia; ferry schedule between Newport News and Norfolk

    Three issues of Virginia: First in the Heart of the Nation are located in box 9, folder 8.

  • Box 5
    Folder 6
    Articles and Press Releases, 1930, 1935, n.d.
  • Box 5
    Folder 7
    Congressional Legislation and Remarks from the Congressional Record, 1926-1948
  • Box 5
    Folder 8
    Photographs
  • Box 5
    Folder 9
    Photographs of Williamsburg
  • Box 5
    Folder 10
    Postcards
  • Box 5
    Folder 11
    Clippings, 1915-1949

    Some clippings, 1921-1949, are located in box 9, folder 9.

  • Box 5
    Folder 12
    Notes on the Battle of Fredericksburg
  • Box 5
    Folder 13
    Notes and Miscellaneous Items
Series VI: Spy Rings, 1915-1945
Box: 6

Spy Rings, 1915-1945, contains articles, notes, and correspondence concerning the Fritz Duquesne (1877-1956) spy ring during which operated during World War II, with information on Duquesne and his collaborators and drafts of book chapters written by Kennedy. Also includes a list of members of the Kurt Frederick Ludwig (b. 1903) spy ring, which also operated during World War II. Also contains clippings on Sir Roger David Casement (1864-1916), executed by the British in 1916 during World War I on grounds of treason.

  • Box 6
    Folder 1
    Articles on Sir Roger Casement, 1915-1916
    Physical Location: One clipping located in box 9.

    One clipping is located in box 9, folder 10.

  • Box 6
    Folder 2
    List of Members of Ludwig Spy Ring
  • Box 6
    Folder 3
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Fritz Duquesne
  • Box 6
    Folder 4
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Nature's Fakir Slur
  • Box 6
    Folder 5
    Duquesne Spy Ring: There Was a Man from God
  • Box 6
    Folder 6
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Sebold's Cat's Paws on Trial
  • Box 6
    Folder 7
    Duquesne Spy Ring: When the Curtain Was Rung Down
  • Box 6
    Folder 8
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Conspirators
  • Box 6
    Folder 9
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Members of the Ring
  • Box 6
    Folder 10
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Letter, 24 April 1945, to Kennedy from Arthur Pound
  • Box 6
    Folder 11
    Duquesne Spy Ring: Notes
Series VII: Post-World War II Peace 1943-1945
Box: 6

Post-World War II Peace, 1943-1945, contains articles, clippings, congressional documents, pamphlets, and speeches and remarks from the Congressional Record regarding the end of World War II and the post-war peace, including comments on international conferences held at Yalta, Bretton Woods and Dumbarton Oaks, the future United Nations, post-war Poland and China, Europe and the Soviet Union, India, international law, the Catholic Church and peace, economics, and other issues.

  • Box 6
    Folder 12
    Speeches and Remarks from the Congressional Record, 1943-1944
  • Box 6
    Folder 13
    Speeches and Remarks from the Congressional Record, January 1945
  • Box 6
    Folder 14
    Speeches and Remarks from the Congressional Record, February 1945
  • Box 6
    Folder 15
    Speeches and Remarks from the Congressional Record, March-April 1945
  • Box 6
    Folder 16
    Congressional Documents, 1944-1945
  • Box 6
    Folder 17
    Pamphlets
  • Box 6
    Folder 18
    Pamphlets
  • Box 6
    Folder 19
    Articles, 1925, 1945
  • Box 6
    Folder 20
    Clippings, 1945
Series VIII: Duels
Box: 6

Duels consists of articles, clippings, notes, and radio speech on dueling by Kennedy. Topics included the duels between Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) and James Barron (1768-1851), John Randolph (1773-1833) and Henry Clay (1777-1852), and Jonathan Cilley (1802-1838) and W. J. Graves (1805-1848); duels held at Bladensburg, Maryland; the murder of Philip Barton Key (1818-1859) by Daniel Sickles (1819-1914); a challenge issued to Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) by James Shields (1810-1879); and the tragedies which struck Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), and Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) while president-elect or president.

  • Box 6
    Folder 21
    Radio Talk, 18 July 1927
  • Box 6
    Folder 22
    Articles and Clippings
  • Box 6
    Folder 23
    Notes
Series IX: Scrapbook
Box: 7

Scrapbook contains poems and some essays and articles gathered by Kennedy, as well as a photograph, pictures clipped from magazines, a copy of the Parish Monthly Calendar (1932) for St. Martin's Church in Washington D.C., and an issue of the Salvation Army's The War Cry (Christmas 1938).