Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan Papers
Call Number: MS 75-15
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by his wife Mary K. Carnahan, 1973
Processed by: LWM, 11-28-1979; SMC, 4-14-1998; MN, 1-2009
Restrictions: None

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Content Note

The Albert Sidney Johnson (A. S. J.) Carnahan Papers include correspondence, speeches, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, and photographs which reflect his terms of office as a Democratic Representative from Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives (1945-1946, 1949-1960) and as Ambassador to Sierra Leone (1961-1963).


Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan, a Representative from Missouri, was born near Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri, January 9, 1897; attended public schools in Ellsinore and Cape Girardeau, Missouri; graduated from the State Teachers College, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 1926; graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1934; United States Navy, 1918-1919; teacher; high school administrator; elected as a Democrat to the 79th Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the 80th Congress in 1946; superintendent of schools at Ellsinore, Missouri; elected to the 81st and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1960; United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, 1961-1963; died on March 24, 1968, in Rochester, Minnesota; interment in Carson Hill Cemetery, Ellsinore, Missouri. Carnahan is the father-in-law of Jean Carnahan and grandfather of Russ Carnahan. (Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress)

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 FF 1-2 Correspondence
Series 2 Box 1 FF 3 Speech
Series 3 Box 1 FF 4 Memorabilia
Series 4 Box 1 FF 5-7 Newspaper Clippings
Series 5 Box 1 FF 8-15 Photographs

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Correspondence

Box 1 FF 1 Correspondence to Carnahan from Acting Secretary of State, Chester Bowles, regarding Carnahan's appointment as Ambassador to Sierra Leone (carbon copy), 11 May 1961.
Box 1 FF 2 Correspondence between Carnahan and Robert G. Farrar regarding groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 1958.

Series 2 ‒ Speech

Box 1 FF 3 Speech regarding the Special Study Mission to Central America by Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements, 1955.

Series 3 ‒ Memorabilia

Box 1 FF 4 Memorabilia concerning the Congressional visit to Australia on occasion of Australian Jubilee Celebrations, 1951.

Series 4 ‒ Newspaper Clippings

Box 1 FF 5 Newspaper clippings regarding the Congressional Study Mission Tour of Latin America, 1949.
Box 1 FF 6 Newspaper clippings regarding the Foreign Affairs Committee Fact-Finding Tour of India, 1953.
Box 1 FF 7 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1951-1962.

Series 5 ‒ Photographs

Box 1 FF 8 Photographs, Australia, 1951.
Box 1 FF 9 Photographs, Duesseldorf, Germany, 1951.
Box 1 FF 10 Photographs, Guatemala, 1955.
Box 1 FF 11 Photographs, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 1956.
Box 1 FF 12 Photographs, Morocco, 1960.
Box 1 FF 13 Photographs, Sierra Leone, 1962.
Box 1 FF 14 Photographs, Vietnam, undated.
Box 1 FF 15 Miscellaneous photographs, 1951-1961.