KARTH, Joseph Edward (1922-2005)

KARTH, JOSEPH EDWARD, a Representative from Minnesota; born in New Brighton, Ramsey County, Minn., August 26, 1922; attended public schools and the University of Nebraska School of Engineering; interrupted his education during the Second World War to serve in the United States Army, with service in the European Theater of Operations; employed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company; international representative of OCAW-AFL-CIO 1947-1958; member of the Minnesota house of representatives, 1950-1958; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1977); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fifth Congress in 1976; established a consulting firm; died on May 29, 2005, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1959-1977, 44 cubic feet.
The papers of Joseph Edward Karth include congressional office files, supplemented by speeches, a few campaign files, photographs, and miscellany. The subjects covered the strongest include labor issues, economic development, the space program, the Vietnam War, and natural resources. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Steven J. Gadler Papers, 1956-1985, 4 cubic feet.
Other authors include Joseph E. Karth. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Louis Edward Lerman Papers, ca. 1917-1978, 11 cubic feet.
Other authors include Joseph E. Karth. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the "Save the Saint Croix" Records, 1962-1968, 3 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Joseph E. Karth. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the State Capitol Employees Union Local 597 Records, 1960-1966, 0.3 cubic foot.
Other authors include Joseph E. Karth.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Film reels: 1968, 3 commercials on 1 film reel.
The commercials were used during Joseph Edward Karth's campaign for the 1968 U.S. congressional election in District 4, Minnesota, Democratic Party.


University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Minnesota Friends of Cyprus Records, 1967-1981, 3.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include Joseph E. Karth. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Joseph E. Karth, Democratic Representative from Minnesota. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.