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Manuscript Group 347
JEAN F. GERDES PHOTOGRAPHS
ca. 1925-1958
.3 cubic feet


Donated in 1981 by Jean F. Gerdes, these photographs were originally collected by Jean T. Duff, wife of Pennsylvania Governor James H. Duff. The photographs relate to the life and career of James H. Duff (b. 1883, d. 1969), primarily during his term as Governor of Pennsylvania, 1947-1950, and United States Senator, 1951-1957. Included with Duff are family and staff members, professional entertainers and celebrities, and state and nationally known politicians of the era. Most items are 8" x 10" glossy photoprints taken by professional photographers in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., and are usually publicity stills. Subjects include Duff's inauguration as Governor, campaigning for Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, as a participant on "Face the Nation" and "Meet the Press," as a member of various Senate subcommittees, and delivering speeches. Prominent politicians include Vice President Richard Nixon, Alben Barkley, Senators Hugh Scott, M. Harvey Taylor, John Kennedy, Margaret Chase Smith, Henry Cabot-Lodge, Robert P. O'Neill, Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and John McCormick Celebrities present include James Stewart, Alexi Smith, Robert Montgomery, Richard Long, Sophie Tucker, Boris Karloff, Walter Cronkite, Clare Booth Luce and others.





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