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Roger Kent papers

Call Number: MS 1401

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a bound volume, containing copies of interviews, clippings, photographs, and introductory material; and a bound copy of another interview.


  • 1970-1981


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, in 1985.

Associated Materials

Typescript is available from the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, 1981.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The papers consist of an oral history typescript entitled, "Building the Democratic Party in California, 1954-1966," containing interviews with Roger Kent conducted by Anne H. Brower and Amelia R. Fry in 1976 and 1977. The volume was compiled and published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, in 1981.

Biographical / Historical

Roger Kent was born in Chicago, on June 8, 1906. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Kent. His father served in Congress between 1910 and 1917. Roger was prepared for college at the Thatcher School and graduated from Yale College in 1928. He stayed in New Haven after graduation, attending Yale Law School, from which he graduated in 1931. Kent practiced law in California and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1937. In 1952 and 1953, he served as general counsel for the Department of Defense. Kent served the Democratic Party in various other capacities throughout his life, most significantly as co-chairman of Lyndon Baines Johnson's 1964 presidential campaign. He was a close, personal friend of Johnson's vice-president, Hubert Humphrey. Kent married Alice Cooke in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 26, 1930. They had four children together, one of whom died at a young age. Roger Kent died on May 16, 1980.
Guide to the Roger Kent Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
June 1985
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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