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Lucile Myers Papers

Identifier: MPA-0171

This collection contains the correspondence of Lucile Myers relating to a 1976 New York Times article by Seymour Hersh that claimed Sen. Kefauver had been successfully blackmailed in 1950 by crime boss Sidney Korshak to postpone a series of hearings relating to organized crime in Chicago. Correspondents of Ms. Myers in the collection include Seymour Hersh and Arthur Sulzberger at the New York Times, academics, congressmen, and family friends. The collection documents Lucile Myers’ attempt to refute the claims of the Hersh article and uphold the reputation of Sen. Kefauver. Additionally, the collection includes copies of several published documents questioning the claims of the original article.


  • 1976


The material in this collection is in English

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0.5 Linear Feet (One document box)


This collection documents the attempts of Kefauver's longtime secretary Lucile Myers and others to refute a 1976 New York Times article written by Seymour Hersh that claimed Senator Estes Kefauver had been blackmailed by crime boss Sidney Korshak in 1950. Contains correspondence with New York Times editorial staff, congressmen, academics, and family friends.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lucille Myers was the secretary of Senator Estes Kefauver. Estes Kefauve (1903-1963) was a U.S. House Representative (1939-1949), U.S. Senator (1950-1963), and 1956 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1924 and Yale Law School in 1927. In 1935 he married Nancy Piggott, a native of Scotland. During his years in the Senate, he served on the Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, voted for the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960, and sponsored the Kefauver-Harris Drug Control Act of 1962. He lost favor among Southerners with his support of the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision to desegregate schools and when he and Albert Gore, Sr., were the only southern senators to refuse to sign the Southern Manifesto, intending to block school integration, in 1956. In 1952, he lost to Adlai Stevenson for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, but in 1956 he was Stevenson's Vice Presidential running mate.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.895

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA