MUNDT, Karl Earl

1900–1974

Biography

MUNDT, Karl Earl, a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Humboldt, Minnehaha County, S.Dak., June 3, 1900; attended the public schools of Humboldt, Pierre, and Madison, S.Dak.; graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in 1923 and from Columbia University, New York City, in 1927; high school teacher of speech and social science in Bryant, S.Dak., 1923-1924, and superintendent of schools in Bryant 1924-1927; speech and social science teacher in General Beadle State Teachers College, Madison, S.Dak., 1927-1936; also engaged in the real estate and insurance business and in agricultural pursuits; member of the State Game and Fish Commission 1931-1937; also engaged in literary pursuits; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress; reelected to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation on December 30, 1948, having been appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Vera C. Bushfield and served from December 31, 1948, to January 3, 1949; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1948; reelected in 1954, 1960 and 1966 and served from December 31, 1948, to January 3, 1973; was not a candidate for reelection in 1972; died in Washington, D.C., August 16, 1974; interment in Graceland Cemetery, Madison, S.Dak.

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External Research Collections

Augustana College

Sioux Falls, SD
Papers: Correspondence in Conrad Herbert Gesner papers, 1927-1969.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 official letter (October 5, 1951) in the Edward Bermingham collection.

Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections

Ithaca, NY
Papers: In National Federation of Grain Cooperatives records, 1946-1976.

Dakota State University
Karl E. Mundt Library

Madison, SD
Papers: 1927-1972. 640 feet. Correspondence, diaries, manuscript of unpublished book on Army-McCarthy hearings, resolutions, hearings, reports, bills, speeches, agendas, memoranda, minutes of meetings, research papers, drafts of legislation, voting records, campaign material, published material, newspaper clippings, and television and motion picture film and recordings. Relate to Mundt's congressional career including House Un-American Activities Committee (1939-1966), Army-McCarthy hearings, McCarthy censure, labor rackets committee, Calachi hearings, Mundt-Nixon bill, congressional tours of Europe (1945-1947), elections and election campaigns (1938-1972), presidential elections (1952-1968), and National Republican Campaign Speakers Bureau (1952). Finding aid.
Oral History: September 21, 1968. 51 pages. Restricted.

East Carolina University
Joyner Library

Greenville, NC
Papers: 2 congressional letters (1941) in the James Harvey Brown papers.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: September 21, 1968. 51 pages.

Sioux City Public Museum

Sioux City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Thomas Barnett Huff papers, 1907-1968.

South Dakota State Historical Society

Pierre, SD
Papers: 1958-1962. Constituent newsletters.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in Clark R. Mollenhoff papers, 1936-1990; and a recorded interview in the Gunnar Back broadcasts of "Cross Fire," 1951-1953. Finding aid.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; Owen J. Cleary papers, 1944-1949; and Wilber M. Bruckner papers, 1877-1968. Finding aid.

University of Nebraska
Archives

Lincoln, NE
Papers: Correspondence in James Melvin Reinhard papers, 1924-1974. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Arthur Bliss Lane papers, 1904-1957.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Heidepriem, Scott N. A Fair Chance for a Free People: Biography of Karl E. Mundt, United States Senator. Madison, SD: Leader Printing Co., 1988.

Lange, Gerald. "Mundt vs. McGovern: The 1960 Senate Election." Heritage of the Great Plains 15 (Fall 1982): 33-42.

Lee, R. Alton. " 'New Dealers, Fair Dealers, Misdealers, and Hiss Dealers': Karl Mundt and the Internal Security Act of 1950." South Dakota History 10 (Fall 1980): 277-90.

Miller, John E. "McCarthyism Before McCarthy: The 1938 Election in South Dakota." Heritage of the Great Plains 15 (Summer 1982): 1-21.

Pressler, Larry. "Karl E. Mundt." In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 131-39. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes in the Congress of the United States on the Life and Contributions of Karl E. Mundt. 93d Cong., 2d sess., 1974. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1974.

VanDeest, Orval Gene. "An Explication of Evocative Language and Its Quantitative Application in the Analysis of Selected Speeches of Senator Karl E. Mundt." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1978.

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