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Kenneth R. Harding Collection

Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Names:
Democratic National Committee.  Search this
Democratic National Congressional Committee.  Search this
Democratic National Convention (1932 : Chicago, Ill.).  Search this
United States. Congress. House  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Programs
Date:
circa 1924-1981.
Scope and Contents note:
This collection primarily documents Kenneth R. Harding's work as an executive at the Democratic National Congressional Committee and in the position of Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives. The collection includes photographs of politicians and foreign dignitaries, programs, printed materials, scrapbooks, correspondence, and campaign memorabilia. Materials are arranged in four series.

Series 1: Professional, 1924-1981, undated, contains pamphlets, records, correspondence, and photographs documenting Harding's work with the Democratic National Congressional Committee and as the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 2: Elections, 1937-1978, undated, contains printed documents and statistical analyses for various locations and election cycles. Much of this was probably collected during Harding's work with the Democratic National Congressional Committee. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Photographs, 1949-1980s, contains photographs of various figures, including United States presidents and foreign and domestic dignitaries. Most date from the period in which Harding worked as Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 4: Clippings, 1956-1981, contains newspaper clippings. Although some mention Harding directly, many do not. Materials are arranged chronologically.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1: Professional Materials, 1924-1981, undated

Series 2: Elections, 1937-1978, undated

Series 3: Photographs, 1949-1980s

Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1956-1981
Biographical/Historical note:
Kenneth R. Harding was born in Medina, New York, to Victor Hunt Harding and Edith Falk Harding on March 28, 1914. Having foregone an undergraduate degree, Harding moved straight into law school, receiving his J.D. in 1937 from The George Washington University Law School. Shortly after finishing law school, in 1938, he married his first wife, Jane Wedderburn Harding.

In 1938, Harding took a position as a bank examiner in San Francisco, California. In the years before World War II, however, he was drawn away from that work to serve with the United States Navy. After this period and a 10-year stretch in the Air Force Reserve, he retired with the rank of colonel.

After retiring from military service, Harding transitioned into political work. Following in the footsteps of his father, a political science professor at Stanford University and former regional campaign manager for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harding took a position at the Democratic National Congressional Committee, of which his father was Chief Executive. In the aftermath of his father's death, he was, having worked with the Committee for eight years, promoted to Chief Executive. In this position, which he held from 1954-1972, he distinguished himself as a leader in the Democratic campaign effort. With a reputation for knowing the situation of almost any race, he was responsible for distributing funds to candidates to support their election efforts. He served during the tenure of four House Speakers. During this time, he also took up work as the Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives, his father having held a similar post for two brief periods.

Upon election to the position of House Sergeant at Arms (on October 1, 1972), Harding stepped away from his role at the Democratic National Congressional Committee. In his new position, he served as the chief officer responsible for the maintenance and security of the House side of the Capitol Building and all House office buildings, serving, ex officio, as co-chief of the Capitol Police. In this role, he worked to ban self-guided tours of the Capitol Building and to prohibit vendors from setting up near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Concurrent with these duties, he was also responsible for maintaining the decorum of the House of Representatives, greeting officials upon arrival and escorting them to the appropriate chambers. In this role, he met and worked with a large number of national and international politicians and heads of state, including the presidents in office during his tenure.

Upon retirement in February of 1980, he moved to Ormund Beach, Florida. He passed away in 2007.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Harding to the Daytona Beach Community College in 1980. In 1998 the College returned the collection to the donor because of space reasons. Harding then donated the collection to the Division of Political History, National Museum of American History. The Division transferred the archival portion of the collection to the Archives Center in 2005.
Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Politicians  Search this
Elections  Search this
Presidents -- United States  Search this
Political campaigns  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1950-2000
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Programs
Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0885
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Professional Papers

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1924-1981, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0885, Series 1
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref513

Elections

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0885, Series 2
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1980s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0885, Series 3
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref515

Newspaper Clippings

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1981
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0885, Series 4
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref516

Bicentennial Year, 1976

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1976
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref517

Inaugurations, part 1 of 2

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1977
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref518

Security, Incident Reports and Actions

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-07-23-1974-08-05
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref519

Analysis and Statistics

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 2: Elections
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref520

Menachem Begin

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref521

General

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 3: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref522

Bicentennial Year, 1976

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1976
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref523

Bicentennial Year, 1976, merchandise

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1976
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref524

Building for the Great Society, speech cards

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref525

United States Capitol Building, maps

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref526

Congressional Award Committee

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971-1972
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref527

Congressional Committees

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1979
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref528

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1977
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref529

Election Laws, pamphlets

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref530

Flag, Estes Case

Collection Creator:
Harding, Kenneth R.  Search this
Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Politics and Reform  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955-1973
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection, circa 1924-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Kenneth R. Harding Collection
Kenneth R. Harding Collection / Series 1: Professional Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0885-ref531

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