Arthur Kling Papers, 1932-1968

Accessions: 1977-128, 1982-068
Extent: 2.375
Restrictions: None.
Copyright: Copyright for some materials has not been transferred to the University of Louisville.

Biography

Arthur S. Kling was born in Louisville in 1895. Originally studying for the rabbinate, he felt the call to serve his fellow man in different ways, and left the seminary at the outbreak of World War I. In the early 1930s, Arthur Kling helped to found the Kentucky Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union, or KCLU, was founded in 1954) and the Louisville (or Kentucky) Chapter of the Socialist Party. The local Jewish Vocational Service was in part founded by Kling in the 1940s. Ever the civil libertarian, in his later years Kling has dealt with the problems and rights of the aged.

Brief Description of the Collection

The Arthur Kling papers date from 1908 to the late 1980s and cover Kling's personal life and history (including his academic achievements) as well as his involvement in organizations ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and KCLU, the Americans for Democratic Action, the Socialist Party, the Jewish Vocational Service, and the Young Men's Hebrew Association (now the Jewish Community Center). The collection includes minutes, financial reports, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, posters and photographs.

Box/Folder List

Box 1

  • ACLU - Constitution and By-Laws
  • ACLU - Memos, Directives, Reports (Briefs)
  • ACLU - Membership, Board Lists
  • ACLU - Membership Drive Material
  • ACLU - Reports, Drafts
  • ACLU - List of Affiliate
  • ACLU - Pamphlets, handbooks, & lists of publication
  • ACLU - Press Releases, Clippings, Etc.
  • ACLU - Issues of Civil Liberties
  • ACLU/KCLU - Correspondence
  • KCLU - Organization and By-Laws
  • KCLU - Meetings, minutes & financial reports
  • KCLU - Casework reports
  • KCLU -Membership lists, co-operating attorney lists, growth & development reports
  • KCLU - Pamphlets and handbooks
  • KCLU - Newsletters, press releases
  • KCLU - Institute and dinner programs
  • KCLU - Miscellaneous
  • KCLU - Folder
  • KUAC - Newspaper clippings
  • KCLU - Issues of Civil Liberties
  • 1949 Primary elections
  • Various newspaper clippings from the 1940s (mostly World War II)
  • ADA - Constitution and by-laws
  • ADA - Casework reports
  • ADA - Promotional material
  • ADA - Issues of ADA World and local chapter publications
  • General material on civil liberties
  • Affairs of the Aged
  • Black Affairs
  • Lists
  • Jewish Vocational Service
  • Y.M.H.A. - Jewish Community Center
  • Socialist Party - Local constitution
  • Socialist Party - Minutes of meetings and attendance lists
  • Socialist Party - Correspondence, memos
  • Socialist Party - Receipts and general financial affairs
  • Socialist Party - Education and public relations material
  • Socialist Party - Membership and subscriptions
  • Socialist Party - Petitions, campaign buttons
  • Young People's Socialist League - Constitution
  • Socialist Platform, Louisville, KY, 1933
  • School papers, grades (1914 - 1918), letters and vaccination record
  • B'nai B'rith Humanitarian Award
  • Graduation (Spalding and University of Louisville) information 1976 and 1980
  • Photos and papers, 1950 - 1963
  • Clippings, papers, letters and photos, 1978
  • Pictures and clippings
  • Kling's Life and death, 1970s - 1980s
  • National Council of Senior Citizens, 1954 - 1977
  • Loose photos, 1908-1980

Box 2

  • Photo album
  • Contents of Photo Album, 1950s
  • Pamphlets and Small Books, 1965 - 1980
  • Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) - Constitution and By-Laws
  • Community and Business Involvement
  • Socialist Party
  • Personal Papers
  • Jewish Community
  • Awards Local Newspaper Clippings
  • Elderly and Handicapped
  • Photos, 1950s - 1970s

Box 3: Oversized material

  • Loose poster
  • Legal Brief Carl Braden vs. Commonwealth of Ky. 1955
  • Survey, a survey of the economic and cultural conditions of the Negro of Louisville, Kentucky, and a review of the program and activities of the Louisville Urban League, January - February 1948.
  • The Cincinnatian, 1918
  • Awards, 1960s - 1980s
  • Socialist Party, 1960s - 1980s
  • Jewish Newspapers and Bulletins, 1960s - 1980s
  • Poster