All items in the this gallery are in the Rather-Westerman Political Collection in Library Special Collections and the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University. More than 15,000 items have been donated by citizens, alumni, faculty, collectors, and WKU friends. The collection name honors Julius E. Rather, alumnus and major donor since 1983, and Robert V. Westerman, alumnus and major donor since 1998.

Lt. Governor Harry Lee Waterfield at Western's campus

Lt. Governor Harry Lee Waterfield at Western's campus

Ross Perot Kentucky Rally

Ross Perot Kentucky Rally

Bob Dole and Ann Northrup Kentucky Rally

Bob Dole and Ann Northrup Kentucky Rally

Harry S Truman visits Paducah, Oct. 4, 1959

Harry S Truman visits Paducah, Oct. 4, 1959

Our Next Senator : Albert B. Chandler

Our Next Senator : Albert B. Chandler

Be Happy with Happy Chandler For President

Be Happy with Happy Chandler For President

Souvenir 1895 Inauguration W. O. Bradley 1st Republican Governor of Kentucky pin

Souvenir 1895 Inauguration W. O. Bradley 1st Republican Governor of Kentucky pin

Democrats for the 80's

Democrats for the 80's

William Goebel for Governor Political Pin

William Goebel for Governor Political Pin

William Goebel Memorial Photo Button

William Goebel Memorial Photo Button

William Goebel Political Photo Button

William Goebel Political Photo Button

Governor John Y. and Phyllis George Brown

Governor John Y. and Phyllis George Brown

Young Democrats for Barkley political button

Young Democrats for Barkley political button

Re-elect Barkley Senator Political Button

Re-elect Barkley Senator Political Button

Richard P. Ernst for Congress stud

Richard P. Ernst for Congress stud