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MG-301
JOHN CRAIN KUNKEL COLLECTION
1798-1873, 1936-1966
120 cubic feet


Born in Harrisburg on July 21, 1898, John Crain Kunkel served a total of nine terms as a United States Representative from Pennsylvania in the 76th through the 81st Congresses. In 1961 he was elected to fill a vacancy, and subsequently re-elected to the 88th and 89th Congresses. During his congressional career, Kunkel held posts on the Banking and Currency Committee, Revision of the Laws Committee, and a Select Committee on Foreign Aid. A prominent Harrisburg lawyer and businessman, he also served as a Dauphin County Commissioner from 1952-1956, and on the boards of Wilson College, Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Harrisburg Boys Club, and the Harrisburg Lions Club. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were also members of Congress.

Among the items found are Congressional files covering the periods 1938-1950 and 1961-1967 containing correspondence, pamphlets, newsclippings, tape recordings, and video tapes. Among the administrative files in this subseries may be found information on legislation he authored, sponsored, or for which he lobbied. Items found in the subject files concern the armed forces, the Atomic Energy Commission, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Housing and Urban Development funding, gasoline rationing, banking, immigration, inflation, price fixing, communism, flood control, farming, and labor. Also found are files relating to Kunkel's tenure as a county commissioner including political, personal, and historical memorabilia, photographs, and awards; family momentoes from 1798 to 1966; and miscellaneous business records relating to the business careers of Nathaniel Henrir, 1830, 1831; Dr. William W. Rutherford, 1855-1873; Dr. A.J. Dean, 1830-1832; and O.D. Forster, 1861, 1862, all of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.



BUSINESS RECORDS
CONGRESSIONAL RECORDS (76th-81st)
CONGRESSIONAL RECORDS (87th-89th)
COUNTY COMMISSIONER RECORDS
PERSONAL RECORDS
POLITICAL RECORDS


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