Francis C. Grevemberg COLLECTION

 

Addendum 1

 

 

(Mss 299)

 

 

Inventory

 

 

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

 

January 2001

 

 

Contents

 

 

Summary

 

Biographical Note

 

List of Series

 

Container List

 

Index Terms

 

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

Size:                          0.2 linear feet

 

Geographic

locations:                 Louisiana

 

Inclusive dates:      1941-2000

 

Bulk dates:              1945-1965

 

Summary:                Records primarily concerned with Francis C. Grevemberg's military career and with his service as Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police during the administration of Govenor Robert Kennon (1952-1956); mainly photocopies of various articles, correspondence, etc., annotated with Col. Grevemberg's comments.

 

Related

collections:              Francis C. Grevemberg Collection (Mss 211); Grevemberg/Carpenter Collection (Mss 242)

 

Source:                     Gift, 2000

 

Access:                     No restrictions

 

Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

 

Citation:                    Francis C. Grevemberg Collection, Addendum 1, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

 

 

 

Biographical Note

 

 

            A descendant of an old Louisiana family, Francis C. Grevemberg was born June 4, 1914.  His father's business failure forced him to leave school and go to work for Security Bankers Management Corporation.  His military career began with his enlistment in 1932 in a National Guard cavalry unit.  Thereafter he rose through the non-commissioned ranks until January 1941 when he was commissioned as a lieutenant.  Shipped overseas to England in 1942 with an anti­aircraft unit, he saw combat in North Africa in November 1942, in Sicily in 1943, and at Anzio, Italy in 1944.  Later he took part in the invasion of Southern France and in the drive up through France and into Germany near Alsace-Lorraine.  By the end of World War II he had risen to the rank of colonel.

 

            Following the war Grevemberg was employed in the sale of real estate, insurance, stocks and bonds, and in the building of homes on speculation.  Appointed Superintendent of the State Police in 1952 by Governor Robert Kennon, Grevemberg's strict enforcement of state laws, in particular those prohibiting gambling, prostitution, and narcotics trafficking, quickly earned him a reputation for honesty.

 

                        In 1956 Grevemberg ran as a Democrat for governor and lost.  Four years later, after switching his registration from Democrat to Republican in 1959, he again ran unsuccessfully for governor.

 

 

 

List of Series

 

 

Series I.    Materials Pertaining to Col. Grevemberg's Military Career

 

Series II.        Materials Pertaining to Col. Grevemberg's Service with State Police

 

Series III.       Speeches

 

 

 

Container List

 

                 

Series I.    Materials Pertaining to Col. Grevemberg's Military Career

 

299-1              Photocopies of correspondence and documents, 1941-1978

 

299-2              Articles, 1947, 1955

 

                               Davidson, Bill, and Charles Hinch.  "`This Is a Raid!'"  Reader's Digest 34 (June 1955): 1-7 (offprint).  Profile of Col. Grevemberg.

 

                               Grevemberg, Francis C.  "Activities of the 35th AAA Brigade."  Coast Artillery Journal 90 (May-June 1947): 2-9.  Photocopy (2 copies)

 

 

Series II.        Materials Pertaining to Col. Grevemberg's Service with State Police and Candidacy for Governor

 

299-3              Photocopies of articles from various Louisiana newspapers and magazines, extensively annotated by Col. Grevemberg, 1952-2000.

 

299-4              Photocopies of articles, correspondence, and ephemera pertaining chiefly to Col. Grevemberg's gubernatorial campaigns in 1956 and 1960, but also containing tributes and articles focused on all of his public service, extensively annotated by Col. Grevemberg, 1942-1993.

 

299-5              Issue of The Louisiana Trooper featuring the following article:

                               "Francis C. Grevemberg: A Legend Lost."  The Louisiana Trooper (Summer 1990): 39-59.

 

 

Series III.       Speeches

 

299-6              VHS videocassette recording of two speeches presented by Col. Grevemberg at the Southern Yacht Club on the subject of his tenure as superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, November 15, 1999; February 16, 2000

 

 

 

Index Terms

 

 

Elections—Louisiana

Grevemberg, Francis C.

Louisiana State Police

Louisiana—Politics and government