Eva G. Farris Special Collections and Schlachter University Archives, Northern Kentucky University

Attack on Organized Crime in Northern Kentucky in the 1950s and 1960s

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In 1979, NKU history professor Dr. H. Lew Wallace received a grant for an oral history project titled "The Attack on Organized Crime in Northern Kentucky in the 1950s and 1960s" to interview key civic leaders and community members that had pushed for social, economic, and political reform in Newport in the 1950s to early 1970s. Fellow history professor David Payne assisted Wallace in conducting the interviews. During this period, two civic groups (the Social Action Committee and the Committee of 500) worked to rid Newport, Ky. and Campbell County, Ky. of illegal gambling, prostitution, and organized criminal activity. The interviews in this collection discuss the atmosphere and conditions of Newport in the 1950s and 1960s; some of the specific events that led to reform activities; and the impact of the reform movement on the area.

The outcome of this project was a collection of oral history interviews, transcripts, reports, and news clippings known as the H. Lew Wallace Newport History Collection. For information about the collection and its other materials, please see the finding aid at http://steelyarchives.nku.edu/specialcollections/alphabeticallist/wallac...

Researchers are encouraged to visit the Archives Research Room in Special Collections to listen to interviews or read transcripts from the H. Lew Wallace Newport History Collection. We are open to the public Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm except on university holidays. The Newport interviews are not yet available online. Questions about the interviews? Contact Anne Ryckbost, Manuscript Processor, Special Collections, at ryckbosta1@nku.edu or 859.572.5892.