Robert S. Kerr Photograph Collection


2874 items

A wealth of images of Robert S. Kerr as Oklahoma governor and United States Senator are found in this collection. These include black-and-white portraits of Kerr and photos of him with his family; at the 1944 Democratic National Convention; during his 1952 presidential campaign (many by Life's Carl Iwasaki) and his senatorial campaigns; with the Oklahoma delegation, other members of Congress, and state politicians; with constituents and at Oklahoma events; with astronauts and at Cape Canaveral; and with celebrities including Anita Bryant and Bud Wilkinson. Other photographs include the restoration of the Kerr log cabin birthplace; President Harry S. Truman's 1948 campaign in Oklahoma; President Kennedy signing bills and his 1961 visit to Kerr's Big Cedar ranch; Kerr's tours of Oklahoma military bases during World War II; the Four Square Baptist Church (Oklahoma City, 1957); Ardmore Air Force Base; Oklahoma state government buildings (1940s); federally-financed buildings in Oklahoma (1950s-1962); ground breaking, construction, and dedication of dams, ports, and bridges in Oklahoma and other states (1948-1962); material used in Land, Wood, and Water and for the book's publication ceremony; drawings of space activities; African-American children in Mississippi (1962); the Fort Reno Agricultural Experiment Station (Oklahoma, 1950); Oklahoma Gas and Electric facilities (1949); and the North American Aviation operation in Tulsa (1961). There is an item-level inventory for this collection. For reproduction fees and guidelines, consult fee guidelines and policies governing the use of photos.

Examples of photographs in the Kerr Collection are depicted below. Click on each image to view the full-sized photo.


This collection is a good companion to the papers found in the Robert S. Kerr Collection. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.

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