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MSS 299 - Francis C. Grevemberg Collection, Addendum 1: Inventory

Francis C. Grevemberg COLLECTION, Addendum 1

(Mss 299)


Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

January 2001







Size:                          0.2 linear feet



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.



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




Grevemberg, Francis C.

Louisiana State Police

Louisiana—Politics and government