UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center Acquires KY Rep. Brent Yonts’ Papers

photo of Brent Yonts primary campaign poster
Brent Yonts’ papers, which date from 1990-2016, include constituent correspondence, legislative files, campaign documents and copies of his standing column in the Greenville Leader-News, “Legislator's Log.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2017) University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center recently acquired the papers of former Kentucky Rep. Brent Yonts. Democrat Brent Yonts, an alumnus of Murray State University and the UK College of Law, served as the representative of Kentucky District 15 from 1997 until 2016.

The 96 cubic feet of papers comprise Brent Yonts’ files from his 20 years of service in the Kentucky General Assembly. Yonts’ papers, which date from 1990-2016, include constituent correspondence, legislative files, campaign documents and copies of his standing column in the Greenville Leader-News “Legislator's Log.” The papers document Yonts’ impact on Kentucky government, especially relating to education in Kentucky. The papers will be rehoused, arranged and described before being made available to the public through an online collection guide hosted on UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center’s digital library, exploreUK.

The UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center supports access to bi-partisan primary source materials pertaining to public policy, politics and Congress. The Ford Center strives to promote research and programming and also provides UK faculty involved in teaching and research in these areas the opportunity to work closely with the Ford Center on specific or general topics. The center also develops public and educational programming and exhibits. UK Libraries Ford Center works collaboratively with the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The Special Collections Research Center at UK Libraries is home to a collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

For more information on the Yonts Papers, contact Deirdre Scaggs, interim dean UK Libraries, associate dean of Special Collections Research Center and director of the Ford Public Policy Research Center, at deirdre@uky.edu or 859-257-3653, or Megan Mummey, collections management archivist, at megan.mummey@uky.edu or 859-257-6942.

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