Claude Kitchin Papers
Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library
Claude Kitchin (1869 –1923) was a U.S. Congressional Representative from North Carolina and floor leader of his party in the House during the 64th, 65th, and 67th Congresses. The collection includes Kitchin's office files while he served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and House majority leader, particularly concerning his interests in the tariff; revenue bills, including war bonds and income tax; military defense; and opposition to United States entry into World War I. Correspondence documents committee issues and policy, constituent concerns, and local and state politics. There are a few earlier papers, mostly concerning North Carolina Populist-Democratic politics, 1896-1898, the Democratic Party in North Carolina, and prominent national figures. His papers include correspondence, House bills, annotated copies of the Congressional Record, and clippings, Kitchin, who served in Congress from 1901 until his death in 1923, was the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee from 1915 until 1923.