The Filson Guide
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1. Adair, John, 1757-1840. Miscellaneous papers, 1797-1824. C\A. 6 items.
Soldier, politician, and Kentucky governor. Papers include an 18 March 1797 bond agreeing that he and Charles Lynch would pay £200 to Isaac Shelby regarding a male slave; and land grants signed by Adair.
2. Adair-Hemphill Family. Papers, 1797-1951. C\A. 19 items.
Collection includes miscellaneous letters, 1797-1818, between the allied Adair, McCalla, and Nixon family of Kentucky and South Carolina discussing family, education, and daily conditions. Collection also includes receipts; a poem written before the Battle of New Orleans about the coming battle; a memorial to James Hemphill; a Hemphill genealogy; and an 1831 biographical sketch of John Adair.
3. Adams, George Madison, 1837-1920. Misc. papers, 1870-1876. C\A. 4 items.
U.S. congressman from Kentucky, clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, and federal and state official. Adams's letters regard the date for a special election that has been called to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of U.S. Representative Jacob S. Golladay; personal information; and his requests for publications while serving as clerk of the House.
4. Adams, Green, 1812-1884. Miscellaneous papers, 1860, 1877. C\A. 2 items.
Lawyer, state representative, judge of the circuit court of Kentucky, U.S. congressman from Ky., and chief clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Letter to Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey, 24 May 1860, recommends Lewis A. Smith for midshipman; and one dated 11 July 1877, responding to an apparent request for information on House members.
5. Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. Letters, 1823, 1832. C\A. 2 items.
A 7 June 1823 letter of Adams's while Secretary of State, to Charles Stewart Todd regarding an order to Thomas Todd that was presented to the State Department which caused some embarrassment. He advises Todd, Secretary to the Legation of the U. S. to the Republic of Columbia, that if the draft is paid it will be charged to Todd. A 5 Dec. 1832 letter to James E. Hamlett, a student at the Univ. of North Carolina, who asked advice on a course of study, quotes from Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew in answer and then adds his own observations on education. In Presidential Collection.
6. Adams, Martha. Papers, 1847-1884. C\A. 62 items.
Member of the Adams family, farmers and businessmen of Clark Co., Ky. Collection primarily consisting of letters from Martha Adams to a cousin in Tennessee in the 1850s. Letters focus on Kentucky, specifically Clark County. They discuss religion, politics, general health, farming, raising livestock, politics, slavery, and social life, particularly marriages, deaths, births, and parties. Religion is the most prominent topic in the letters, discussing preachers and preaching, revivals, meetings, and religious beliefs. Overall, the letters detail daily life in rural, antebellum Kentucky.
7. Adelberg, Robert Powers, 1937- . Correspondence, 1959-1969. C\A. 33 items.
Louisville businessman. Collection of letters, ephemera, and biographical information regarding Franz von Papen, former German Chancellor and Nazi official. Thirteen letters from von Papen to Adelberg discuss United States politics, European politics, relations between Germany and Russia, French politics, Soviet power, and the Common Market. Adelberg requested his comments on these topics for the Great Decisions program. A calendar of the correspondence is filed with the collection.
8. Ainslie, Hew, 1792-1878. Papers, 1834-1902. A\A296. 55 items.
Miscellaneous papers, 1869-1870. C\A. 4 items.
Scottish-American poet of Louisville, Ky. Papers of Hew Ainslie and of his son, industrialist James Wellstood Ainslie (1826-1902). Papers of Hew Ainslie include letters from relatives in Scotland, 1834-1846; letters, 1864-1877, from his friends, writer and editor James Grant Wilson, and bookseller Archibald G. Wilson of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., relating personal and literary news; letters, 1870-1878, from Scotland praising Ainslie's poems; letters from Thomas C. Latto, Sara D. Vandervoort, Benson H. Lossing, Daniel Ricketson, and Archibald G. Constable, 1868-1876, relating literary news and expressing their high regard for Ainslie; and two drafts of letters by Hew Ainslie to Daniel Ricketson and J.G. Colson. James W. Ainslie's papers include three letters, 1892, from George Donaldson relating to Hew Ainslie; and an obituary notice. Other papers include a memorial to Louisville educator Reuben Post Halleck, and an 1813 letter written by David Prentice from Philadelphia relating conditions in that area due to the War of 1812 and his work making engines for steamboats. Hew Ainslie's miscellaneous papers consist of two letters written to Archibald Wilson concerning books Wilson sent him, the construction of his mansion, and praise for Benson J. Lossing; and two of his poems recently published in the "Scotsman."
9. Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925. Miscellaneous papers, 1890-1924. C\A. 25 items.
Novelist. Miscellaneous papers of Allen contain correspondence accepting and declining speaking engagements, dinner invitations, returning autographs, discussing his writing, Kentucky literature, his health, and personal and family matters. Also see John Wilson Townsend Papers for James Lane Allen material.
10. Allen, John, 1771-1813. Letter, 28 Aug. 1812. C\A. 1 item.
Lawyer, state legislator, and soldier. Allen writes his wife Jane from Cincinnati while serving as a colonel of Kentucky militia during the War of 1812. He briefly notes farm matters and relates news of the defeats U.S. forces have suffered, especially the fall of Detroit due to William Hull's actions and the massacre at Chicago, and how these events have affected the army. Allen was killed 22 January 1813 at the Battle of the River Raisin.
11. Allen-Kenney Family. Papers, 1845-1916. A\A428. 1.33 cu. ft.
Papers of the Richard Allen family of Jessamine Co., Ky. and Sumner Co., Tenn., and of the Joseph S. Kenney family of Boyle Co., Ky. Included is correspondence, 1847-1916, between family members and friends reflecting their family and social lives; and records, 1845-1890, regarding the farming and horse and stock breeding operations of Joseph Kenney.
12. Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932. Papers, 1878-1943. A\A439. 6 cu. ft. Papers, 1840-1932. A\A439a. 10 cu. ft. Miscellaneous papers, 1910-1927. C\A. 7 items.
Writer, editor, poet, and insurance executive of Louisville, Ky. Correspondence, pictures, legal documents, manuscript and printed copies of the works of Y.E. Allison, much of it collected by Otto A. Rothert to be used in the Select Works of Young E. Allison. Allison's works include song lyrics, opera scores, biographical sketches, editorials and news stories, historical treatises, essays on insurance topics, speeches, humorous sketches, writings on miscellaneous topics, and bibliographies of his works. Two unbound copies of Select Works of Young E. Allison, edited by Young E. Allison, Jr., William Fortune, and J. Christian Bay with the assistance of Otto A. Rothert; announcements of the Young E. Allison Commemoration Committee of The Filson Club; proof sheets and prints of pictures used in Select Works; subscriptions, mailing lists, bills and receipts, and correspondence pertaining to the Select Works; record of the Allison Memorial Meeting, Henderson, Ky., June 1933; and the unveiling of a bronze tablet dedicated to Young E. Allison, Henderson, Ky., Nov. 1934 are also included. In addition there are separate correspondence files of Y.E. Allison, Jr., and Otto A. Rothert (correspondents include J. Christian Bay and William Fortune); small separate files of letters and correspondence of Henry A. Sampson, Madge Rowan Frost, Old Kentucky Home Commission, Samuel J. Boldrick, Philip Allison, Frank M. Drake, Gustave A. Breaux, and William Fortune; two letterbooks (May 1892 - Oct. 1895; Dec. 1899 - Nov. 1902); three miscellaneous notebooks of Young E. Allison; and miscellaneous notes of Y.E. Allison and O.A. Rothert. Material about Y.E. Allison - biographical sketches, announcements, and tributes; material about other members of the Allison family and friends; material written by Henry Watterson and Henry A. Sampson; material concerning the work of the Old Kentucky Home Commission; and miscellaneous material complete the collection.
A second collection includes extensive correspondence; manuscripts and printed copies of stories and articles by Allison; family papers, accounts, memorabilia accumulated by Allison; newspaper articles by and about him; and research and other projects in which he was interested. Also included are caricatures and sketches by Paul Plaschke, Wyncie King, and others; poetry and verse by Allison and friends and biographical and genealogical information gathered by Allison about his own and allied families.
These papers give insight into his political, civic, religious, and family attitudes; his literary and musical tastes; and his opinions on prohibition, women's suffrage, World War I, and the issues of the day. Insurance is discussed throughout.
Miscellaneous Allison papers include four letters written in Jan. 1917 between Allison and R.C. Ballard Thruston, his brother, S. Thruston Ballard, and his secretary, O. Stamper, concerning John Edwards of the Haden-Edwards family; a photocopy of Allison's 24 July 1910 letter to a friend describing a visit to his childhood home in Henderson; and letters dated 14 and 22 March 1917 suggesting the creation of a preliminary divorce court.
13. Allison Family. Papers, 1891-1965. A\439b. 4 cu. ft.
Collection of the Allison family of Henderson Co., Ky. and Louisville, Ky.; related to the Young E. Allison collections. Included is correspondence, translations, manuscripts, etc. of Young E. Allison, III; and correspondence of his wife, Margaret Tarrant Allison, their children Young E. Allison, IV and Margaret Allison Nightingale, and other Allison family members. Correspondence includes information on the 1937 Flood, Eastern Kentucky, racial attitudes, World War II, and atomic weapons. The World War II letters are particularly interesting for their descriptions of WAVE and Army Air Force training during the war, and the contrast of social and housing conditions between commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
14. American War Mothers. Records, 1918-1982. BC\A512. .5 cu. ft.
Two scrapbooks (one bound; one loose) of newspaper clippings, programs, photos, citations, rosters, and some correspondence, 1918-1933, regarding Kentucky American War Mothers; minute book, Nov. 1961 - Nov. 1982 of Jefferson Co., Ky., chapter of A.W.M. in addition to its charter, 5 Nov. 1925. Also two small booklets of the A.W.M. ritual and constitution and bylaws as amended in 1975.
15. Anderson, Charles, 1814-1895. Memoir, no date. A\A545. .33 cu. ft.
Lawyer, lieutenant-governor and governor of Ohio, founder of Kuttawa, Ky. A handwritten reminiscence entitled "The Story of Soldier's Retreat: A Memoir." Approximately 165 pp. several paginations. Part of a manuscript which was apparently intended to be a memoir of Robert Anderson. It contains an account of Colonel Richard Clough Anderson's service in the Revolutionary War; his removal to Kentucky in 1784, and a description of his house, Soldier's Retreat; some details of Anderson's boys' education; Colonel Anderson's method of administering justice to his sons and his slaves; visits of James Monroe and Andrew Jackson to Soldier's Retreat; recollections of Larz and Robert Anderson; Sunday school; the bad aspects of slavery and his opposition to it; Negro entertainment and ghost stories; hunting in Kentucky; the duel between Henry Clay and Humphrey Marshall; description of the manner in which the boys acquired their nicknames; and other details of daily life.
16. Anderson, Richard Taylor, -ca. 1868 and Nathan D. Anderson. Land Papers, 1813-1875. A\548. .33 cu. ft.
Landowners. Collection includes correspondence discussing land transactions and legal matters; deeds and contracts for land in Breckinridge and Meade counties in Kentucky, Crawford Co., Ind., and near Shepherdstown, Va. (now West Virginia); contracts regarding the completion of stone work on the Shepherdstown Trinity Church in 1854; a deposition by Bland W. Ballard, 1842, regarding John Roberts's service in the Illinois Regiment under George Rogers Clark; record of Drury Nixon's service in the War of 1812; and a letter dated 1851 from the attorney of Sally Snyder of Liberia, Africa, regarding payment for the services of her children.
17. Anderson, Robert, 1805-1871. Miscellaneous papers, 1836-1864. C\A. 26 items.
Soldier, commander of Fort Sumter at the start of the U.S. Civil War. The bulk of the miscellaneous papers are Anderson's twenty-one letters, 1860-1864, describing events at Fort Sumter and the Civil War. Other letters discuss a new edition of the Field Artillery Manual to bring it in line with cavalry commands; construction of an unidentified building; and routine matters.
18. Anderson Family. Anderson-Latham papers, 1771-1911. A\A548c. 122 items. Papers, 1805-1911. A\A548d. .33 cu. ft. Miscellaneous papers, 1796-1834. C\A. 7 items.
The Anderson-Latham collection includes papers of Col. Richard Clough Anderson of Jefferson Co., Ky., soldier, farmer, and surveyor-general of the Virginia Military District in Kentucky and Ohio. Papers include correspondence, 1785-1826, accounts, 1777-1821, miscellaneous land papers, 1771-1823, and family correspondence of his wife, Sarah (Marshall) Anderson, their daughter, Maria Williams (Anderson) Latham, and her husband, Allen Latham, who assisted Col. Anderson in the land office at Chillicothe, Ohio, and succeeded him in 1828 in the office of surveyor-general. Family correspondence includes letters from Col. Anderson's children, Charles, John, Roy, Larz, Maria Williams, Sarah, Mary Louis, Robert, and William Marshall Anderson, and from his son-in-law, James Hall discussing their activities and news. Letters from Louisville and Jefferson County record social events of the day. Other correspondents include Daniel Gregg and R.G. Lewis.
The Anderson family papers (A\A548d) were collected by William Pope Anderson of Cincinnati, Ohio, regarding Anderson and allied families. Included are a scrapbook of photographs of family portraits, genealogical information on the Andersons of Goldmine, Hanover Co., Va., and copies of family correspondence, including Robert Anderson letters.
Miscellaneous papers include a 7 Dec. 1818 letter from R.C. Anderson, Jr., to his father discussing family matters; a 9 Feb. 1826 letter from Bogota to his brother noting that he has not been well since his arrival; a 26 May 1834 letter from Larz Anderson to Robert Anderson telling of his engagement and wedding plans; and a power of attorney, 1 March 1834, from Robert Anderson to Larz Anderson.
19. Anderson-Brooke Family. Papers, 1793-1983. A\A549. 2 cu. ft.
Allied family of Virginia and Kentucky. Papers consisting of letters, deeds, reminiscences, and family data. Included are land papers of Richard C. Anderson; letters of Richard C. Anderson, Jr. of an official nature while minister to Colombia, primarily regarding insurance claims and other diplomatic affairs; and a typed copy of Francis T. Brooke's memoir of his life, with particular emphasis on his experiences in the Revolutionary War.
20. Anonymous. Speech, 1896. C\A. 1 item.
Speech (typed, 9 pp.) of an unnamed politician addressing fellow citizens of Grant Co., Ky., during the 1896 presidential campaign. The speech criticizes candidate William Jennings Bryan as being a "wild-eyed Populist" and denounces his platform supporting the free unlimited coinage of silver as disloyal to the true Democratic principles of Jefferson and Jackson. The speaker refers to Populists as "Floppers" who have flopped from the true Democratic platform of an honest gold standard to the Populist doctrine of free silver. He questions the meaning of the Coinage Law in the Constitution and cites Mexico's silver-based economy where wages are low and commodities high and urges true Democrats to cast their votes for John M. Palmer and Simon Bolivar Buckner.
21. Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. Letter, 26 Jan. 1774. C\A. 1 item.
Revolutionary War soldier and traitor. Letter to Daniel Fox noting that he has postponed the sale of goods brought out for Joshua Singleton until next Tuesday in order to have the matter settled without a lawsuit; requests Fox to receive the goods and pay him (Arnold) the freight and charges. Reverse: reply of Daniel Fox dated 28 Jan. 1774.
22. Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. Memoir, n.d. (ca. 1830). AM, 4¼ pp. A\A916a. 1 item. Memoir n.d. (ca. 1830). AM, 4¼ pp. A\A916a. 1 item. Miscellaneous papers, 1827-1838. C\A. 4 items.
Artist. In this "episode," entitled "The Eccentric Naturalist," Audubon describes a visit to him in Henderson, Ky. by the noted naturalist Constantine S. Rafinesque in 1818. He writes in a humorous and informative but probably exaggerated manner about Rafinesque's appearance, eccentricities, and reactions when Audubon led him through an almost impenetrable canebrake.
"The Eccentric Naturalist" was published in edited form in volume one of Audubon's Ornithological Biography, the five volume set of episodes that he wrote to accompany his Birds of America. Rafinesque's identity was masked in the published episode where he is referred to as "M de T" rather than as "M de C" as in the manuscript account.
In the second memoir, "Louisville in Kentucky," Audubon describes his coming to Louisville immediately after his marriage and the kindness shown to him and his bride by many of the leading families. He mentions those families; describes the location of the town on the Ohio River; and mentions his "favorite pursuits" of collecting, noting the habits of, and drawing wildlife. In the memoir "Alexander Wilson" Audubon recounts his meeting with Wilson in March 1810, and describes Wilson's appearance, manner, and desire to procure subscriptions for his American Ornithology books, as well as his interest in Audubon's work, and Audubon's efforts to find new birds for Wilson. He also describes a trip to Philadelphia later when he paid a visit to Wilson who took him to Rembrandt Peale's exhibition rooms. These originally were two independent episodes, "Louisville in Kentucky" 1¼ pages and "Alexander Wilson," 3 pp. The two were combined to form the text of "Louisville in Kentucky" and published in edited form in Audubon's Ornithological Biography. The Wilson pages were heavily rewritten by Audubon. Lucy Audubon's handwritten transcription of a paragraph from Wilson's American Ornithology, vol. 9, has been pasted on the lower half of the last page and is followed by Elliot Coues's autograph note regarding another version entirely in Audubon's hand.
Miscellaneous papers include his 19 Jan. 1827 letter to Lucy Audubon relating his activities while in England and Scotland, people he met, new subscribers to his bird publications, noting that he was becoming very well known as a naturalist and an artist, and that he has just about finished an oil picture of pheasants; a photostat of an 18 May 1830 letter to Robert Gilmor forwarding the first sixteen numbers of his book, Birds of America; his 20 March 1833 letter to Richard Harlan noting that he suffered a seizure that paralyzed his pen (right) hand, mouth, and lips but his wife helped him through it, and describing the gassing of a golden eagle so he could paint it; and his 26 May 1838 letter to Thomas M. Brewer explaining that his illustrations will be completed on 20 June and the fourth volume shortly afterward, asking Brewer to send bird specimens, and discussing ornithological topics.
23. Baker, John Finley, 1827-1913. Memoir, no date. C\B.
Businessman, traveler. Memoir written in his later years relating his experiences on a trip from St. Louis to Fort Riley, Kansas and Salt Lake City in 1854. He also relates his experiences on a trip from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Denver in 1861. He traces the route traveled and comments on his fellow travelers and events for both trips. He concludes the memoir with recollections of his childhood near Augusta, Ky. A separate sheet states his route from Augusta, Ky. to Weston, Mo. in 1845, including the names of the steamboats on which he traveled.
24. Ballard, Andrew Jackson, 1815-1885. Papers, 1848-1896. A\B189. 2 cu. ft.
Louisville lawyer, Kentucky state legislator, and U.S. circuit and district court clerk. Included are Ballard's letters to Frances Thruston during their courtship; business records; land papers; estate papers for various family members; family correspondence; household accounts; and tax records.
25. Ballard Family. Papers, 1840-1899. A\B189a. 37 items.
Prominent Louisville family. Papers relating to Frances Thruston Ballard's (1826-1896) reign as queen of the May in 1840; letters, 1852-1859, from Frances Thruston to her run away slave Cecelia J. Larrison living in Canada, relating news about their family and friends, letters, 1896-1899, from Cecelia to R. C. Ballard Thruston requesting financial assistance after moving back to Louisville, and Thruston's 1899 memoir of Cecelia, her family, and his family's association with her; two letters, 1883-1884, from Lyman C. Draper to Frances T. Ballard requesting information on George Rogers Clark and his slave Kitt; and invitations received by the Ballard family.
26. Bandana Democratic Club. Minutes, 1890-1899. BE\B214. 1v.
Minutes of the Bandana Democratic Club of Louisville. Contains charter of the Twelfth Ward Bandana Democratic Club of the City of Louisville, 18 April 1890; list of subscribers to stock; copy of constitution adopted, 22 August 1890; proceedings under presidents J.S.S. Cassler, Charles P. Weaver, John R. Pflanz, and John H. Page who served successively from 11 July 1890 to 31 March 1895; reorganization of the club, 5 Dec. 1898; and minutes of meeting held 24 Feb. 1899. Also includes newspaper clippings.
27. Bank of Kentucky. Records, 1835-61, 1900-08. BB\B218. 2 vols. Miscellaneous papers, 1811-1857. C/B. 23 items.
Records include a minute book, 10 June 1835 - 28 Dec. 1861, for the Greensburg Branch of the bank, containing a 20 Sept. 1861 receipt for $140,000 to president Edward H. Hobson, which he was ordered to take to Danville or Louisville for safekeeping, and the removal of John M.S. McCorkle as clerk because of his alleged disloyalty to the government of the United States; and a 14 April 1900 to 24 Jan. 1908 minute book for the Louisville Branch of the Bank of Kentucky.
Miscellaneous papers include documents giving power of attorney to the bank and transferring shares of stock; canceled checks from the Frankfort Branch, 1811-1814; bank notes; a 27 Feb. 1857 stock certificate for ten shares; and 10 stock certificates issued for the Louisville branch, 1842-1844.
28. Baptist Churches. Records, 1805-1911. BA\B222. 10 vols.
Collection composed of records of several Baptist churches in Shelby and Jefferson counties in Kentucky. Included are minute books, 1810-1832, 1856-1874, and lists of members and officers, 1810-1875, for the Christianburg Baptist Church (originally the Six Mile Creek Church), Shelby Co.; minute books and lists of members, 1809-1911, for the Bethel Baptist Church, Shelby Co.; minute book, 1805-1838, from the Buffalo Lick Baptist Church, Shelby Co.; minute book, 1825-1840, of the Beech Creek Baptist Church, Shelby Co., which includes a list of the black members; and minute book, 1805-1884, for Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jefferson Co., which was originally Flat Rock Church on Floyd's Fork Creek.
29. Baptist Orphans Home. Records, 1871-1910. BJ\B222. .66 cu. ft.
Correspondence, 1873-1910, to Mary A. Hollingsworth, matron, and others re: placement of orphan children, the occasional return of same to the Home, recommendations for foster parents, descriptions of children, medical treatment, accomplishments, etc. Also miscellaneous bills and receipts, arranged alphabetically, 1871-1897, from Kentucky businesses as to payments for fuel, food, repairs, equipment, etc., plus a few listings of donations from various churches and others.
30. Barbaroux Family. Papers, 1771-1884. A\B229. .33 cu. ft.
Papers of the Barbaroux and Picquet families, primarily of Joseph Barbaroux, merchant of Shippingport and Louisville, Ky. Included are personal and business papers, mainly in French, regarding his business; land papers and letters to his uncle Martin Picquet, primarily concerning the Tombeckbee Association of Alabama, a group of French emigrants who settled near Demopolis, Alabama; and Piquet family marriage and birth records. Correspondents include Alex Fournier, Louis Vimont, and others.
31. Barbers' Aid Society No. 1. Records, 1869-1927. BD\B234. 11 vols.
Benevolent and social society of Louisville, Ky., apparently having the relief of barbers and their families as its objective. Records include minute books, 1878-1927; financial records, 1869-1915; and forms for the installation of officers and initiation of new members.
32. Barbour, Joseph, 1844. Papers, 1860-1897. A\B239. 66 cu. ft.
Attorney of New Castle, Ky., and judge of the Superior Court of Kentucky, 1886-1895. Papers regard his parents' Joseph (1797-1861) and Nancy Barbour's estate; his guardian J.M. Bigger managing his affairs; letters and accounts, 1863-1897, for Barbour's and his partners', William S. Pryor, Isaac N. Webb, and John D. Carroll, law practice; and land in Henry and Marshall counties and Paducah, Ky.
33. Bare and Company. Records, 1864-1866. C\B. 53 items.
Shipping and commission merchants of Cincinnati, Ohio. Records include orders, receipts, and bills of lading for steamboats, primarily for Kentucky firms.
34. Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956. Miscellaneous papers, 1916-1952. C\B. 8 items.
U.S. senator from Kentucky and vice president of the United States under Harry Truman. Barkley's correspondence, 1916-1962, discusses routine political matters; liberalization of loans; and the constitutional amendment limiting the presidency to two terms. Papers also include handwritten and typewritten copies of Barkley's June 1936 speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt to run for his second term as president.
35. Barr, James Houston, 1871-1932. Papers, 1917-1926. A\B268. .33 cu. ft.
Insurance executive, jailer of the Jefferson Co., Ky., jail, official indexer of Jefferson Co. Papers include official correspondence; records of jail expenses, staff, and prisoners during Barr's tenure as jailer, 1918-1922; and Louisville Republican Party correspondence and meeting minutes.
36. Barry, William Taylor, 1785-1835. Papers, 1798-1835. A\B281. 1 vol.
Kentucky lawyer, state legislator, lieutenant governor, judge, U.S. congressman and senator, and postmaster general. Bound volume of typed transcripts of letters to and from Barry. Subjects include family news, his legal education in Kentucky and at William and Mary, politics, the Aaron Burr and Benjamin Sebastian trials, the Spanish Conspiracy, the Old Court-New Court controversy, War of 1812, and the various positions he served in at the state and federal government levels.
37. Bauer, Michael G., ca. 1842-1919. Papers, 1872-1923. A\B344. .33 cu. ft.
Secret Service agent and detective of Louisville, Ky. Correspondence and notes regarding Bauer's work as a secret service agent and as operator of the Bauer Detective Agency. Included is information on moonshiners, counterfeiters, gamblers, and thieves; two books concerning "noted criminals" from 1890 and 1892; and newsclippings about crime.
38. Beall, William Kennedy, 1782-1815. Journal, 5 July - 4 August 1812. A\B366. 1 vol.
Soldier. Journal Beall kept while serving as assistant quartermaster general under General William Hull in the early days of the War of 1812. He records his activities, capture by the British, a description of Tecumseh, his captivity aboard the schooners Thames and Lady Provost, and copies of letters he wrote to his wife Melinda Harris Beall and General James Taylor. Typescript filed with original. Published in the American Historical Review, 17 (1911-1912):783-808.
39. Beall-Booth Family. Papers, 1778-1956. A\B365. 10 cu. ft.
Papers of Samuel Beall, merchant of Williamsburg, Va., and his son Norborne Booth Beall who emigrated to Jefferson Co., Ky., ca. 1802 to manage land purchased by his father and John May. Papers include correspondence regarding land speculation, surveys, and division of vast tracts of land in Kentucky, as well as the legal and financial problems associated with their land holdings; land records for acreage along the Kentucky, Ohio, and Green rivers; orders of payment and receipts regarding Norborne Beall's personal business; accounts and ledgers from Williamsburg and early Louisville, Ky., stores and merchants; and legal records. The letters and records also chronicle the hardships and dangers of frontier Kentucky, slave concerns, Kentucky economics, and politics. Correspondents include John May, George May, John Marshall, George Mason, Robert Morris, George Nicholas, Richard M. Johnson, Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, Samuel Griffin, Robert Breckinridge, Basil Holmes, David Meade, James Mercer, David Ross, Robert Lewis, Henry Clay, Robert P. Letcher, and many other business and political leaders of the day.
Also included are papers of the William L. Booth family of Meade Co., Ky., and Leavenworth, Ind. which contain correspondence and business and legal records. The bulk of the collection is correspondence discussing farming, finances, legal and business matters, diseases, family matters, the Mexican War, Civil War, religion, and politics.
40. Beauchamp, Jereboam O., 1802-1826. Papers, 1825-1826. A\B372. .33 cu. ft.
Law student from Simpson Co., Ky. and convicted murderer of Solomon P. Sharp. Papers consist of the purported confession of Beauchamp, written 22 May - 6 July 1826, while in jail in Frankfort awaiting execution; letters, 1825-1826, written by Beauchamp to his mother, sisters, brothers, and George M. Bibb; and poems attributed to Beauchamp and his wife Anne Cook Beauchamp.
41. Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 1818-1893. Miscellaneous papers, 1862, 1866. C\B. 5 items.
Confederate general. Indictment for treason issued by the U.S. Circuit Court at Louisville, Ky., 10 May 1862. Signed by James Harlan, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kentucky. Also warrants for Beauregard's arrest dated 1862, 1866, and signed by Andrew Jackson Ballard as clerk of the court.
A number of Beauregard letters are contained in other collections.
42. Beck, James Burnie, 1822-1890. Miscellaneous papers, 1868-1890. C\B. 10 items.
Lawyer, U.S. congressman and senator from Kentucky. Letters of a routine nature responding to requests for information, ordering copies of publications, and mentioning the Sundry civil bill.
Additional Beck letters are in other collections.
43. Beckham, John Crepps Wickliffe, 1869-1940. Letters, 1906, 1916. C\B. 2 items.
Kentucky governor and U.S. senator. Included are a 26 May 1906 letter to Charles Stoll of Louisville acknowledging his letter commending him on his recent action to enforce Sunday closing laws; and an 11 March 1916 letter to Eleanor Holmes Lindsay responding to her request for his support of a resolution to provide an appropriation to erect a monument at Judge Lindsay's grave, and stating that he is not in a position to take any part in these matters.
Additional Beckham letters are in other collections.
44. Beckley and Thomas. Receipt book, 1862-1867. BB\B397. 1 vol.
Business firm of Lebanon, Ky. Receipt book of Beckley and Thomas for operating a stage coach line in the area of Lebanon, Ky. Included are receipts to individuals for carrying the mail and for tolls paid on various roads.
45. Beckner, William Morgan, 1841-1910. Autograph album, 1890-1891. HA\B398. 1 item.
Autograph album of delegates to the Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1890-1891.
46. Beers, Jayne Bergen. Collection, 1784-1927. A\B415. .33 cu. ft.
Collection of miscellaneous family records inherited by Beers. Included are a minute book, 1790-1831, and account book, 1784-1813, of the Low Dutch Company, Pleasureville, Ky.
47. Belknap Family. Papers, 1856-1904. A\B432. .33 cu. ft.
Prominent business family of Louisville, Ky. Included are letters from family members and friends to William Burke Belknap (1811-1889) and his son William Richardson Belknap (1849-1914) discussing activities, education, proper behavior, money management, and news; records, 1880-1904, of the Salmagundi Club retained by William R. Belknap due to his membership in that organization; and a typescript of Isaac F. Stone's memoir of the years 1830-1840 discussing travel by ship and railroad, religion, and moving his family from Connecticut to Louisville. Correspondents include John Mason Brown, James Freeman Clarke, Dr. Samuel D. Gross, General Irvin McDowell, and Henry Watterson.
48. Bemiss, John, 1773-1851. Account book, 1814-1845. BB\B455. 1 vol.
Physician and Presbyterian clergyman of Bloomfield, Ky. Account book began when Bloomfield was known as Middleburg, Bemiss records advances of money made for the education and support of his children; sales of whiskey, 1824-1831; accounts, 1827-1837, re: the estate of John Stoner; money received, 1829-1830, for publishers of the Pedobaptist; account, 1821-1823, with Ashes Creek Mill; expenses, 1822-1823, in building a brick house; record, 1835-1836, of books sold for a Vermont bookseller; list of taxable property for various years; and an undated petition to the Kentucky legislature from the citizens of Bloomfield requesting that the sale of intoxicating liquors be forbidden in the town and its vicinity.
49. Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letters, 1843, 1845. C\B. 2 items.
U.S. senator, statesman. Benton's 8 July 1843 letter to Col. John Abert introduces and recommends Robert Campbell who was in Washington to collect debts owed to him by the federal government due to his advancing John C. Fremont supplies for his western expedition; and his 7 Nov. 1845 letter to Mrs. Sally Thomas regarding the divorce of Maryland Gov. Francis Thomas from Sallie (McDowell) Thomas, niece of Mrs. Benton.
50. Berkley, Edward Fairfax, 1813-1893. Papers, 1833-1893. A\B513. 3 cu. ft.
Episcopal clergyman. Papers include correspondence, 1836-1886, regarding his academic career at Bristol College in Pennsylvania and at the Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky.; his service as rector of Christ Church in Lexington, St. George's and St. Peter's churches in St. Louis; family; the Diocese of Kentucky; Shelby College in Shelbyville, Ky.; and Henry Clay who was baptized by Berkley. Also included are statements of account; deeds; articles; and printed programs of Berkley's readings. Correspondents include Bishop Benjamin Bosworth Smith, Rev. James Craik, and other Episcopal clergymen.
51. Bernhardt, Carl. Papers, 1931-1936. A\B527. 1.33 cu. ft.
Journalist of Richmond, Ind. Papers consist of correspondence regarding Gideon Shyrock, Frankfort, Kentucky folk songs; articles by Bernhardt about those subjects, the Kentucky Derby and horse racing, early Kentucky, early Louisville, and George Washington in the Ohio Valley; and notes, newsclippings, and scrapbooks about the 1932 Kentucky coal fields trouble.
52. Bernheim, Isaac Wolfe, 1848-1946. Papers, 1922-1943. A\B527. .66 cu. ft.
Louisville businessman, philanthropist. Papers include correspondence and speeches regarding Bernheim's opinions on the Zionist movement in the U.S.; the immigration of Jews to the U.S., primarily to escape Nazi Germany; World War II and its impact on the U.S.; and the Bernheim Foundation. Also included are legal documents regarding the Bernheim Trust and Foundation.
53. Bernheim Forest. History, 1983. C\B. 2 items.
History of the Bernheim Forest area in Bullitt and Nelson counties, researched and written by James R. Lawrence, Jr. The history covers early settlers in Kentucky and the Bernheim area; their cultural background; industries over the years in the Bernheim area (salt, iron, agriculture, rock quarrying, logging, distilleries, and the railroad); the Civil War and the postwar years; and the origin of Bernheim Forest (18 typed pages). Also, a three page handwritten recollection of the area repeating much of the typed history.
54. Beynroth, Charles Exteen, 1796-1853. Papers, 1784-1853. A\B573. 2.66 cu. ft.
Merchant of Louisville, Ky. Papers consist of correspondence, 1813-1853; land papers, 1815-1846; records, 1838-1846, pertaining to his house and farm in Middletown, Ky.; shipping papers, 1838-1848; legal papers, 1828-1845; business records, 1824-1846; obituaries; poetry; and essays. Correspondence discusses business and family matters, local news, epidemics of cholera and yellow fever, religious affairs, and economic conditions.
55. Bibb, George Mortimer, 1776-1859. Miscellaneous papers, 1807-1848. C\B. 11 items.
Kentucky lawyer, judge, state legislator, U.S. senator, and secretary of the treasury. Mostly routine correspondence discussing family matters, personal business, finances, and recommendations. His 11 Dec. 1807 letter to Attorney Gen. Caesar A. Rodney expresses his belief that Aaron Burr was guilty; and a 14 Jan. 1814 letter to Henry Clay requests him to renew a note signed by him and Judge [Buckner] Thruston which may fall due before Bibb can get to Washington.
56. Bibb Family. Papers, 1760-1887. A\B581. 1.66 cu. ft.
Papers of the Bibb family, primarily Richard Bibb, Sr., Richard Bibb, Jr., and John Bigger Bibb, lawyers, merchants, and public officials of Logan and Franklin counties, Ky. Included is correspondence, deeds, account books, bills and receipts, slave records, wills, and genealogical information. The bulk of the collection concerns the purchase and sale of land. Also included are papers of Kentucky surveyors and land speculators John, George, and William May.
57. Bingham, George Barry, 1906-1988. Papers, 1861-1989. A\B613a. 60 cu. ft. Miscellaneous papers, 1948-1986. C\B. 46 items.
Newspaper publisher, philanthropist. Barry Bingham's papers include personal correspondence files containing letters, notes, and cards from friends and acquaintances of the Bingham family, as well as from organizations and individuals, requesting contributions or assistance; subject files containing material on charitable organizations, Bingham's service as Economic Cooperation Administration Chief in France, the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Louisville arts community, and speeches made by Bingham. The collection also includes papers of Judge Robert Worth Bingham while he was Ambassador to the Court of St. James; papers of Col. Robert Bingham, including several Civil War letters and a transcript of his diary kept in 1863 and 1864; genealogical material for the Bingham, Worth, Miller, and Hogg-Alves families; and material relating to and disputing books written about the family by David Chandler, Marie Brenner, Sallie Bingham, and Susan Tifft and Alex S. Jones. Financial, tax, and trust files make up the remainder of the collection. The Barry Bingham portion of the collection is restricted. The Robert Worth Bingham and Col. Robert Bingham manuscript material is not. For details concerning the restrictions contact the manuscript curator.
The bulk of the miscellaneous papers consists of forty-one letters, 1963-1986, to Mrs. Jeremiah Beam in which Bingham included news about family, work, travels, and vacations, as well as personal stories and observations. Other items include correspondence with The Filson Club regarding his father's papers, the Perryville Battlefield, and the installation of a plaque at the Edison House; and a 14 Nov. 1986 program of William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, signed by Bingham, who played Prospero, and other cast members.
58. Bingham, Robert Worth, 1871-1937. Papers, 1876-1982. A\B613. 18 cu. ft. Miscellaneous papers, 1917, 1938. C\B.
Lawyer, mayor of Louisville, judge, newspaper publisher, and ambassador. The papers of Robert W. Bingham primarily span his years as a practicing attorney in Louisville, Ky., 1897-1918. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1899-1910. The papers include material covering both Bingham's personal and professional life. The personal section includes correspondence, family matters, and personal business. The latter in part includes investments, expenses, water company records, and land and mining interests. The legal files of the law firm of Bingham and Davies compose the majority of Bingham's professional papers. Interests and activities relating to both Bingham's personal and professional life are the political and club\organization membership papers. In addition to the official papers of his positions as Jefferson County Attorney, 1903-1907, and Mayor of Louisville, 1907, is miscellaneous political correspondence regarding elections, parties, news, and people. The papers of Bingham's friend and law partner, William W. Davies, form a small section of the collection. Personal correspondence and business, especially land interests, make up this segment. Due to the close professional, business, and social relationship between Bingham and Davies sections of the collection contain both their papers. The legal files and land papers are the two main areas of this mixing. Overall, the Robert Worth Bingham Papers contain worthwhile business, social, and political information on the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Miscellaneous papers include copies of articles from various Louisville, Ky., newspapers in 1917 relating the events following the probate of the codicil of the will of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham, in which $5 million of her estimated $80 million estate was bequeathed to her husband, Robert Worth Bingham. Articles cover testimony given by a witness to the codicil, the possible contesting of the codicil by Kenan heirs, the exhumation of Mrs. Bingham's body by Kenan relatives, and court proceedings regarding the estate and inheritance taxes; and the complete text of the Jefferson Circuit Court decision granting sole administration of the estate to the Fidelity and Columbia Trust Company. Also, three resolutions passed in memory of Bingham in 1938.
59. Bismarck, Mona Strader, 1897-1983. Papers, 1916-1982. A\B621. 7.33 cu. ft.
Louisville native whose marriages, with their increased wealth and social standing, brought her into company with America's and Europe's wealthy and social elite. Merging her own talents with this environment she became one of the leaders of the international social scene and the fashion world. Bismarck's papers primarily chronicle this lifestyle, but also include information on other subjects, including the experiences of a French soldier on the front-line in 1939-1940 during World War II. Correspondents include Sir Cecil Beaton, Randolph Churchill, Rose Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and many others.
60. Blackburn, Joseph Clay Stiles, 1838-1918. Miscellaneous papers, 1875-1898. C\B. 10 items.
Lawyer, politician, U.S. senator, and governor of the Panama Canal Zone. The letters include routine correspondence promising visits and declining invitations; and a group of five letters, 1895-1898, to Oliver H. Redd of Lexington, Ky., discussing Redd's work in Fayette Co. and Lexington in the senatorial race and James B. McCreary's chances in Mercer County, and doubting that he will be commissioned for an army command position; and a letter of recommendation written on Redd's behalf asking Col. D.G. Colson to give Redd a major's position.
61. Blackburn Family. Papers, 1840-1896. A\B628. 1 cu. ft.
Prominent family of central Kentucky, with strong ties to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The collection primarily is composed of correspondence between the children of Edward M. and Livinia Bell Blackburn and their spouses, their in-laws, and their parents, with some letters to and from business associates. Subjects discussed include family life, local events, business activities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, the Mexican War, medical practices, childbirth and general health problems, politics, slaves, river trade and transportation, and post-Civil War Confederate colonization in Mexico. Correspondents include Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn, Luke Pryor Blackburn, and William E. Blackburn.
62. Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893. Miscellaneous papers, 1848-1886. C\B. 5 items.
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. senator, and secretary of state. Letters and invitations of Blaine's. A 9 Oct. 1848 letter to Philemon B. Ewing discusses the presidential election and his support for Zachary Taylor and that Henry Clay expects to be elected to the Senate; a printed 1851 invitation to D.S. and Mrs. Wilson to attend a military ball at the Western Military Institute at Drennon Springs, Ky. (Blaine was an instructor there at the time); a 5 July 1871 letter of condolence on the death of Hugh McKee; and an 18 June 1886 letter to Mrs. McKee recollecting his youth in Kentucky.
63. Blair, Alexander. Deed of emancipation, 1828. C\B. 1 item.
Land owner and politician of Woodford Co., Ky. Contemporary copy of a legal document dated 7 July 1828 from the Woodford County Court freeing Alexander Blair's slave Sam. Description of Sam followed by testimony of the clerk of Woodford County that the foregoing is a true copy of the order of court and deed of emancipation, 1 Sept. 1837.
64. Blennerhassett, Harman, 1764-1831. Miscellaneous papers, 1801-1807. C\B. 5 items.
Lawyer, planter, and associate of Aaron Burr. Papers consist of three letters of Blennerhassett: 20 Dec. 1801 to Dudley Woodbridge, 4 Nov. 1803 to Henry Mills (both letters concern business matters); and 17 April 1807 from Natchez to Woodbridge telling of his difficulties after his property had been looted, mentioning bills he had endorsed for Aaron Burr in Kentucky, and that he will undertake a journey through the wilderness immediately after his trial. Also a letter of Margaret Blennerhassett, 12 Dec. 1806, to Woodbridge tells of her difficulties and her efforts to take her children to join her husband; and a 7 March 1803 State of Virginia citizenship paper for Blennerhassett.
65. Bodley, Temple, 1852-1940. Papers, 1614-1940. A\B668. 15 cu. ft. Bodley-Clark Papers, 1734-1936. A\B668c. 42 items. Letters, 1915-1916. C\B. 14 items.
Lawyer and author of Louisville, Ky. Personal papers, 1877-1940, and collections. Includes Bodley's private letterbooks, 1877-1914; correspondence, 1881-1940, with his research assistants, publishers, and others concerning his historical pursuits; correspondence, 1926-1931, about his life of George Rogers Clark; writings, including articles on G.R. Clark, the parcel post, the park system of Louisville, and the history of Goebelism; manuscripts of his History of Kentucky (1928), Our First Great West (1938), Louisiana Expedition (1933), Our Nation's Paramount Problem (1939), and What We Owe France (n.d.); material relating to William Goebel and Kentucky politics in his time, including articles on the history of Goebelism by Richard W. Knott; material relating to Col. Andrew Cowan and the Louisville park system, including Cowan's paper read before the Conversation Club, 1913, and Cowan's scrapbooks of clippings about his career; transcripts of source material concerning the history of the West during the Revolution and the career and services of George Rogers Clark, including copies of the Pontalba Papers from the Louisiana Historical Society, and accompanied by an index alphabetically and chronologically arranged (12v.); reviews of Bodley's books; and printed materials relating to George Rogers Clark. A group of letters, 1856, to Bodley's father, William Stewart Bodley, concerns the presidential campaign of Millard Fillmore and Andrew Jackson Donelson.
The Bodley-Clark Papers consist of correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1799-1803; correspondence of Jonathan Clark, 1806-1811; copy of the 1734 will of Jonathan Clark (father of John Clark); 1797 will of Jonathan Clark (1750-1811); and land papers, 1780-1831 and no date. The land papers include a land grant to Zachary Taylor, signed by Thomas Jefferson, for 1000 acres of land in Kentucky County on the Ohio River dated 1780; amendment to Walter Cunningham's entry for 1000 acres on the trace about 4 or 5 miles above the falls, entered 15 Feb. 1783; sheet containing copies of entries for land for William Preston, Harry Harrison, Thomas Bowyer, John Connerly (Connolly), Arthur Campbell, Alex S. Dandridge, and James McCorcle (all these land entries were on the Ohio River or Beargrass Creek, and all were made in May or June 1774); sheet containing legends to accompany surveys; connected plat showing land of Zachary Taylor, William Preston, James McCorcle, William Bird, John Connolly, Arthur Campbell, A.S. Dandridge, Ch. Warrenstaff, Thomas Bowyer, and Henry Harrison, n.d.; plat showing interferences of Dandridge's military survey; plat of Mulberry Hill tract; policy to Hugh Shiell insuring goods shipped on the Amiable Elizabeth from France to Philadelphia, 9 Aug. 1781; correspondence of Temple Bodley, 1884-1936; and a copy of a statement of Mrs. Henry Clay Pindell concerning the portrait of G.R. Clark painted by Mr. Bush.
Mr. Bodley's correspondents include Lyman Draper, Thomas M. Green and George F. Doyle. The correspondence discusses the career of G.R. Clark and the diary of Jonathan Clark.
Miscellaneous papers include letters written to R.C. Ballard Thruston concerning research on the life of George Rogers Clark and the collection of material about him. Letters contain suggestions to Thruston as to manner of note-taking and which material to have copied, etc.
66. Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820. Miscellaneous papers, 1774-1796, 1913-1928. C\B. 38 items.
Explorer and pioneer. Includes a military certificate dated 25 Nov. 1774 signed by Boone; photostat of a 1783 receipt written but not signed by Boone; photostat of a 23 July 1784 promissory note by Daniel Boone to Squire Boone; photostat of Boone's 23 Aug. 1785 letter to William Christian stating that his father's land business is done; photographic copy of Boone's 4 June 1786 letter inquiring about a land dispute with William Triplett; a 6 Sept. 1788 clerical copy of a bond in which Boone and Thomas Hart promise to pay Henry Brother; and photocopy of a 7 May 1789 letter from Boone reporting Indian raids on the Ohio River near Limestone.
Also included are copies of ten letters attributed to Daniel Boone, addressed to Col. [David] Todd, containing reminiscences of his early life and adventures. The copies were made and edited ca. 1855 and are of questionable authenticity.
Other miscellaneous papers include correspondence, 1913-1928, regarding the possible purchase of Daniel Boone and Boone family letters, Bible, and artifacts; and purported Boone relics in Reuben T. Durrett's collection.
67. Boone, Squire, 1744-1815. Depositions, 1809, 1813, n.d. C\B. 8 items.
Explorer, pioneer, brother of Daniel Boone. Collection includes several early depositions in which Boone mentions early settlers in Kentucky, early surveys, land transactions, and Indian troubles; a photocopy of a 23 Oct. 1784 promissory note; and miscellaneous legal papers.
68. Booth, William Lee, 1796-1868. Papers, 1780-1850. A\B725. .33 cu. ft.
Farmer of Meade Co., Ky. Material consists of correspondence, 1791-1845; documents, requests for payment, promissory notes and receipts, 1818-1850. Beall family material consists of documents, 1780-1839, notes and receipts, and miscellaneous land papers. Correspondents include T. Turner, Benjamin A. Collins, Norborne A. Galt, Levi Tyler, John Calhoon, and John May.
69. Booth family. Papers, 1839-1911. A\B725a. .33 cu. ft.
Correspondence between members of the Booth family of Louisville, Bardstown, and Brandenburg, Ky., and Fredonia, Ind. Also included are letters from their cousins of the Beall and Browne families. Most correspondence is between women of the families and comments upon domestic matters, courtship, family illness, social visits, and church matters. Visits to watering places, cotillions, and religious revivals are mentioned frequently.
70. Bowling Green (Ky.) Lyceum. Minute book, 1846-1847. BI\B763. 1 vol.
Minutes of the meetings of the organization; and its constitution and by-laws. Written in the Lyceum's minute book is the diary, 1848-1862, of Lemuel C. Porter (1810-1887), physician and surgeon of Bowling Green, Ky. The diary describes the health of his patients and of the community; the cholera epidemics in 1849 and 1854; the temperance movement; the Know-Nothing party and Bloody Monday in Louisville; his thoughts on the future of slavery; political and economic conditions in Kentucky during the Civil War; and Simon B. Buckner's occupation of Bowling Green.
71. Bowman, Joseph, d. 1779. Letter, 14 June 1779. C\B. 1 item.
Soldier. Bowman's letter to Isaac Hite discusses trade with New Orleans, the abundance of money at Kaskaskia, British and American troops in the northwest, and a message he wrote that was not received because the messenger was killed at the Falls of the Ohio; gives a detailed description of the retaking of Vincennes by the Americans; mentions guns, military stores, and Indian goods captured by Clark's men; and notes the Virginia Assembly's indifference to the western territory.
72. Bowman Family. Papers, 1774-1836. A\B787. .33 cu. ft.
Kentucky pioneers and soldiers. The papers include John Bowman's account book, 1776, kept while serving as quartermaster on Col. William Christian's expedition against the Cherokee, and his land papers, 1774-1782; payroll, 24 January 1778, for Capt. Joseph Bowman's company of George Rogers Clark's Illinois Regiment; his commission, 14 December 1778, as major in the Virginia militia signed by Patrick Henry, and his certificate of death in 1779 signed by G. R. Clark in 1782; and papers of John Bowman (1771-1824) of Mercer Co. and other family members, consisting of correspondence, receipts, and accounts.
73. Boyd, Linn, 1800-1859. Miscellaneous papers, 1841-1858. C\B. 3 items.
Kentucky legislator and U.S. congressman. Letters regarding a subscription; his desire to again be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives; and a recommendation for a federal appointment on a commission to establish Texas's state line.
74. Boyd, Lucinda Rogers, 1838-1913. Novel, no date. A\B789. 1 item.
Writer. Manuscript (92 pp. and a typescript) of her novel "The Naptha Lamp," apparently autobiographical in part, about a girl growing up in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, whose father was a "Campbellite" minister. She graduated from a girls college in Harrodsburg, Ky. The novel describes life in Kentucky, actions of slaves, religious revivals, Civil War experiences, including the Battle of Augusta in 1862, Reconstruction in Kentucky, and the girl's romance.
75. Brady, Jasper Ewing. Field message book, 1898. C\B. 9 items.
Soldier. Brady's field message book while he was a captain in the U. S. Army Signal Corps during the Spanish American War. Included are instructions in how to send coded messages, as well as copies of eight messages that he sent in June 1898.
76. Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876. Special Order No. 14, 13 Oct. 1862. C\B. 1 item.
Soldier, Confederate general. Issued by Bragg during his withdrawal from Kentucky following Perryville, the order places Col. [Joseph] Wheeler in command of the cavalry with the mission of covering the rear of the army and holding the enemy in check. Wheeler's cavalry is also to pick up all stragglers. Order written and signed by Bragg's chief of staff George W. Brent.
77. Bramlette, Thomas Elliott, 1817-1875. Miscellaneous papers, 1863, 1866, n.d. C\B. 3 items.
Lawyer, politician, Kentucky governor. A surgeon's commission in the Kentucky Volunteer Militia signed by Gov. Bramlette on 8 Dec. 1863; an 1866 proclamation directing the sheriffs of the counties of the 3rd Congressional District to hold an election on 6 Oct. 1866 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Grider; and an undated Civil War letter to General George H. Thomas stating that he has hired two wagons and horses to haul supplies to Nicholasville where they will be taken charge of by an escort from Camp Robinson.
78. Breathitt, Edward Thompson, 1924. Letters, 1965, 1967. C\B. 4 items.
Lawyer, politician, governor. Correspondence with Richard H. Hill, Director, The Filson Club, dated 5 Feb. 1965 responding to Hill's request that a covered bridge across Blaine Creek near Yatesville, Lawrence Co., Ky., be preserved; a 3 Feb. 1965 letter to Hill noting that the state is happy to loan Paul Sawyier paintings for an exhibit at the J.B. Speed Art Museum; a 23 Feb. 1965 letter to Hill declining an invitation to attend The Filson Club's March meeting; and a 9 June 1967 note to Curtis Craig thanking him for his letter and enclosures on Kentucky's 175th Anniversary Celebration.
79. Breck, Daniel, 1788-1871. Miscellaneous papers, 1851. C\B. 2 items.
U.S. congressman from Kentucky. Letters regarding Samuel McKee's appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
80. Breckinridge, James Douglas, ca. 1783-1849. Papers, 1811-1833. A\B829. 56 items.
Attorney of Louisville, Ky., state legislator, and U.S. congressman. Papers consist of legal correspondence, 1811-1833; legal papers, 1824-1828; and statements and receipts, 1826-1828. A large portion of this material concerns the estate of David L. Ward, administered by Frederick W. S. Grayson. Grayson's estate was administered by James D. Breckinridge. Correspondence primarily discusses legal matters and Breckinridge's business affairs. Two letters, 1820, mention the bill passed by the Legislature establishing the Bank of the Commonwealth. Letters dealing with David L. Ward's estate mention lands in Carter and Lewis counties in Kentucky. Correspondents include: James I. Dozier, Robert Breckinridge, Levi Tyler, James D. Kenney, John McConnell, and Robert Carter.
81. Breckinridge, John, 1760-1806. Letters, 1789-1801. C\B. 5 items.
U.S. senator from Ky. and U.S. attorney general. Breckinridge's 15 Nov. 1789 letter to his brother James notes his health, his children's health, and requests a grammar and Latin dictionary for J. Preston; a 10 Feb. 1796 letter to Thomas Marshall, Jr., asks him to send the deed for 5000 acres which he had sent to be recorded; a 7 Nov. 1798 letter to John Coburn urges him to be a candidate for U.S. Senator, reminds him of his responsibility to his country, states that he will not vote for John Brown for the U.S. Senate, and notes other political matters; a 19 May 1800 letter announces his intention of "holding a pole" for U.S. Senator; and a 20 July 1801 letter to his brother James discusses family, farm matters, and personal affairs.
82. Breckinridge, John Cabell, 1821-1875. Letters, 1847-1874. C\B. 17 items.
State legislator, U.S. congressman, vice-president, U.S. senator, Confederate general, and Confederate secretary of war. Letters discussing political matters, recommendations, speaking engagements, elections, contemporary issues, and sectional strife prior to the Civil War. His 22 Sept. 1847 letter to Gen. John McCalla requests that John Hunt Morgan's company either be attached to the 3rd Kentucky Infantry or that he be commissioned a lieutenant in the army; his 8 June 1856 letter to John C. Rives discusses the 1852 and 1856 elections re: vice-president; his 2 July 1860 letter to Henry Randall discusses Democratic politics; his 19 Sept. 1863 letter written to D.H. Hill, during the Battle of Chickamauga, describes his position, enemy movements, and his lack of orders; and his 9 April 1865 telegram to P.G.T. Beauregard urges special attention to transportation concerns.
Additional Breckinridge letters are in other collections.
83. Breckinridge, Robert 1754-1833. Miscellaneous papers, 1819, 1831, n.d. C\B. 3 items
Soldier, surveyor, politician, and state legislator. Included is his 1819 report on the project of grading Main Street from the lower end of the pavement to the Hope Distillery gate; his 16 May 1831 letter to Gen. Francis Preston discussing the sale of Preston's Sand Hill property and the resignation of Cabinet members; and a plat he drew of land grants near Louisville regarding the Preston vs. Campbell boundary dispute.
A number of other Robert Breckinridge items concerning personal, business, land, legal, and political matters are in other collections.
84. Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson, 1800-1871. Miscellaneous papers, 1822-1864. C\B. 5 items.
Presbyterian minister, educator, Ky. superintendent of public instruction. Papers include a draft of a 10 July 1822 oration on "The Formation of National Character," delivered at the reception of the degree of A.M. from Transylvania University; a 14 Jan. 1836 letter discussing business matters and instructions for his agent Edward Dorsey Hobbs; an 8 Feb. 1860 letter informing George W. Jouett that he is sending him a Newfoundland dog; a 26 Sept. 1863 petition from citizens of Boyle County asking that James Crozer be discharged from prison at Camp Douglas, docketed by Gov. Thomas E. Bramlette; and his 13 Nov. 1864 letter to Abraham Lincoln requesting the appointment of his nephew Samuel Breckinridge as judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
A collection of Robert J. Breckinridge papers, 1845-1858, is in the Grigsby Collection, and includes correspondence, 1845-1856, with family; household accounts, 1847-1858; and miscellaneous material such as sermons, poems, and promissory notes for the hiring of slaves.
Additional Breckinridge correspondence and documents are in other collections.
85. Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston, 1837-1904. Miscellaneous papers, 1884-1888. C\B. 3 items.
Lawyer and editor of Lexington, Ky., Confederate soldier, U.S. congressman. Letters of a routine nature providing and seeking information, and answering queries.
86. Breckinridge-Marshall Family. Papers, 1755-1869. A\B829. .33 cu. ft.
Papers of the Breckinridge and Marshall family of Kentucky and Virginia. The Breckinridge section of the papers includes correspondence, 1755-1869, discussing John Breckinridge's 1793 trip to Kentucky; politics; the Civil War; John C. Breckinridge's exile in England and Canada following the Civil War; Jefferson Davis; and family matters. The Marshall papers are comprised of correspondence, 1816-1863, of Martin Pickett Marshall of Mason Co., Ky. Included are letters to and from Marshall regarding family, politics, and land. Correspondents represented in the Breckinridge-Marshall papers include John Breckinridge, James Buchanan, P.G.T. Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Charles O'Conor, George Prentice, John Marshall, and R.C. Grundy.
87. Briney, Melville Wortham Otter, 1899-1986. Papers, 1858-1948. A\B858. 1.33 cu. ft. Miscellaneous papers, 1958. C\B. 12 items.
Columnist for the Louisville Times and author. Collection includes personal papers and diaries of the Otter and Briney family of Louisville, Ky. Included are letters, 1894-1896, between John Delaware Otter and Melvilla Carter during their courtship, and between Melville Otter and Russell Briney in 1926 during their courtship; diaries kept by her parents John Delaware and Melvilla Carter Otter for various years from 1887-1940 regarding day to day activities and trips to Europe, Asia, and Mexico; Melville Briney's memory books, 1912-1916, recording her activities while a teenager growing up on St. James Court in Louisville; and six issues of The Star, 1885, a periodical edited by John Otter, Neill Roach, and Swager Sherley.
Miscellaneous papers include correspondence with Harvard University and the Perkins School for the Blind regarding biographical material on Joseph Brown Smith (1823-1859), the first blind student to graduate from Harvard and a Louisville resident.
88. Briney Family. Papers, 1830-1985. A\B858a. 1.33 cu. ft.
Papers of the Otter and Briney family of Louisville, Ky. Melville Otter Briney was a columnist for the Louisville Times and an author; and her husband Russell Briney spent many years with the Courier-Journal, eventually becoming an editor. Papers include correspondence to Biddie Brown from suitors, 1852-1855; from members of the James G. Carter family, 1858-1894; from Melville Wortham Otter at Vassar College and in Europe, 1905-1925; courtship letters, 1926, between Melville Otter and Russell Briney; letters between Russell Briney and Judge Robert W. Bingham and Barry Bingham, Sr., regarding Briney's position at the Courier-Journal, 1926-1946; letters from various people regarding Melville Otter Briney's writing and work, 1950-1964; and personal letters to Melville Briney, 1980-1985. Legal documents; speeches, sermons, and resolutions; programs and announcements; material regarding the Courier-Journal Building, the history of the Louisville Times, and a lengthy promotion of Judge Robert Worth Bingham for Fourth Estate; newspaper clippings regarding the Carter, Otter, and Briney families; receipts; personal poems and prayers; genealogical data on the Carter and Churchill families; a wedding souvenir book belonging to Melvilla Carter Otter; and baby and school scrapbooks are also included in the papers.
89. Bristow, Benjamin Helm, 1832-1896. Miscellaneous papers, 1861-1894. C\B. 32 items.
Lawyer, railroad entrepreneur, secretary of the treasury, Republican politician. Papers include seventeen letters, 1874-1876, written by Bristow to Edwin W. Stoughton containing his thoughts on the White League organization, on his position as secretary of the treasury, his efforts to break the "Whiskey Ring" frauds, and the Republican and Democratic parties. Other letters discuss politics, appointments to office, family matters, and speaking engagements.
90. Brown, Eli Huston, III, 1907-1974. Papers, 1773-1941. A\B877. 3.66 cu. ft.
Lawyer, banker, genealogist, and collector. This collection was compiled by Brown and consists of papers of the Brown, Stone, Lapsley, and allied families. Included are papers of Eli H. Brown, Jr., consisting of correspondence, 1889-1941, genealogical correspondence, 1910-1935, receipts, 1920-1923, and miscellaneous material; papers of John Stone, consisting of correspondence, 1773-1808, a notebook, 1780, legal papers, 1769-1813, land papers, 1779-1813, receipts, 1777-1835, and memoranda; and papers of Eli H. Stone, consisting of correspondence, 1812-1841, a ciphering book, 1804, legal papers, 1797-1825, land papers, 1801-1844, receipts, 1813-1844, essays, and miscellaneous material. Also included is correspondence of the Stone, Stephens, and Lapsley families, 1801-1893; Stone family legal papers, 1810-1887, notes and receipts, 1801-1888; papers, 1812-1842, of Samuel Lapsley, including estate papers; small groups of papers of Thomas Heady, William E. Minor, and Logan C. Murray; and genealogical material about the Stone, Dorsey, Crittenden, Stephens, Logan, and Allen families.
91. Brown, James, 1766-1835. Miscellaneous papers, 1800, 1827. C\B. 2 items.
Lawyer, U.S. senator from Louisiana, diplomat. A letter to Samuel Meredith, 1 November 1800, discusses land matters; and a 29 December 1827 letter to Dr. Richard Harlan discusses the exchange of letters and material between Harlan and his European friends.
Additional Brown letters are in other collections.
92. Brown, John, 1728-1803. Letter, 1786. C\B. 1 item.
Presbyterian minister and patriarch of one of Kentucky's important early families. Letter dated 10 June 1786 discusses the health and education of his children; comments on the great danger from the Indians in Kentucky and Tennessee; urges his son John to be careful in his travels; and mentions the death of Col. William Christian.
93. Brown, John, 1757-1837. Miscellaneous papers, 1788-1805. C\B. 7 items.
Politician, first U.S. senator from Kentucky. Includes Brown's 5 June 1788 letter to Matthew Walton regarding Civil List Warrants purchased from Walton, speculates on the "fate" of the "new" Constitution in Virginia, and discusses Kentuckians' attitudes toward the proposed constitution; his 29 March 1792 letter discussing Col. Logan's hostile attitude, trying for a seat in the Senate, and notes business affairs; his 21 May 1800 letter to Samuel Meredith noting that he has been busy with public service and has been unable to attend to Meredith's business relating to Kentucky lands; a 8 March 1803 letter noting that his wife had just given birth and that his father was seriously ill; and a 2 Jan. 1805 letter, along with two undated notes, discussing land interests in Kentucky.
Additional Brown letters are in other collections.
94. Brown, John Mason, 1837-1890. Diary, 1861. A\B878. 1 vol. Miscellaneous papers, 1866, 1884. C\B. 3 items.
Lawyer, soldier, historian. Brown's 1 May - 4 Nov. 1861 diary chronicles his trip from St. Louis to Oregon and California and back and the means of transportation used. He describes his party's route, experiences, the geography and geology of the areas traversed, the Indian tribes encountered, linguistics, and military affairs. This diary was published in The Filson Club History Quarterly 24 (April, July 1950).
The papers include an 1866 article (typed copy) Brown wrote about the Blackfoot Indians, noting that he was adopted by the tribe; and a 7 August 1884 letter to Gen. Alpheus Baker sending his translation of the hymn "Dies Ira."
95. Brown, Orlando, 1801-1867. Papers, 1780-1898. A\B879. 2.66 cu. ft.
Lawyer, author, editor, public official. The collection is composed of correspondence, articles, genealogical records, and other papers. Included are family correspondence of the Brown and Watt families; correspondence connected with the Commonwealth, a Frankfort, Ky., newspaper of which Brown was proprietor and editor; correspondence with Orlando Brown, Jr. at Yale and during his military service in the Civil War; records of the building of the Orlando Brown house in Frankfort in 1835; papers relating to Kentucky politics, including the presidential campaigns of William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor; papers, 1780-1837, of Brown's father, Senator John Brown, and of Orlando Brown, Jr.; and other papers. Correspondents include Larz Anderson, Francis Preston Blair, James Brown, John Brown, Samuel Brown, John J. Crittenden, Garnett Duncan, Albert Gallatin Hodges, James Turner Morehead, John Neagle, George D. Prentice, Thomas B. Stephenson, Samuel Brown, John Mason Brown, and Charles Stewart Todd. Partial index in repository.
96. Brown, Samuel, 1769-1830. Papers, 1817-1825. A\B881. .66 cu. ft.
Physician. The Samuel Brown papers contain much information on the medical community in the United States in the early 19th century. Letters from fellow doctors discuss medical news; recent cases treated; medical research; education; outbreaks of diseases; and opinions of and gossip about other doctors. In addition, there is correspondence from family and friends, primarily from Alabama, that relates not only family news but also information regarding plantations, slaves, cotton, weather, education, Kentucky, Louisville, Lexington, Florida, local and national politics, finances, and the economy. Correspondents include Daniel Drake, Coleman Rogers, Rene LaRoche, Richard Harlan, Benjamin Silliman, John Revere, Henry Miller, Jr., Thomas Cooper, Charles Caldwell, Francois Andre Michaux, Horace Holley, Thomas George Percy, John W. Walker, and Thomas Hill Williams. A calendar is filed with the collection.
97. Brown, William, 1758-1825. Diary, 1790. A\B881. 1 vol.
Brown's brief diary, 11 August - 1 December 1790, for his trip from Hanover County, Va., to Kentucky via Fort Pitt and the Ohio River notes his route, distances, and the countryside.
98. Brown Family. Papers, 1799-1846. A\B879a. 56 items.
Papers consist of letters written by various members of the John Brown family, mostly by Margaretta Brown, wife of the senator. The heaviest concentration of letters is for the periods 1799-1802, 1818-1819, and 1837-1838. The correspondence deals mainly with family matters. The health and education of their sons Mason and Orlando Brown are frequent topics; and there are scattered references to political and diplomatic affairs.
99. Brown-Ewell Family. Papers, 1781-1984. A\B877a. 7 cu. ft.
Prominent family of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. The collection is comprised of papers of George Washington Campbell, the Polk family, Plunkett family, Brown family, and Richard S. Ewell. Correspondence relates in part the activities and experiences of these allied families in the 19th and 20th centuries. Of particular interest are the antebellum political and Civil War military papers of the families; including letters written to General William Polk from prominent individuals discussing politics and other matters, and letters written by Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell while a prisoner-of-war in 1865. Correspondents include Pierre G. T. Beauregard, John Bell, Montgomery Blair, George Washington Campbell, William Eastin, William H. Eaton, Benjamin S. Ewell, Thomas I. Green, Felix Grundy, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Joseph E. Johnston, Abraham Lincoln, James Otey, James K. Polk, Leonidas Polk, John Randolph, Horatio Seymour, William T. Sherman, Martin Van Buren, Felix K. Zollicoffer, and others. Family members represented include Lizinka Campbell Brown Ewell, her son George Campbell Brown, her daughter Harriot Brown Turner, Percy Brown, Joseph Plunkett, James Dace Plunkett, Thomas Plunkett, and other family members. A calendar of the significant 19th century correspondence in the Polk, Ewell, and Brown portions of the papers is filed with the collection.
100. Bruce, Helm, 1860-1927. Miscellaneous papers, 1861-1951. C\B. 38 items.
Lawyer, public defender. Collection of miscellaneous letters regarding family news and events and Bruce's legal career. Included is one letter from Bruce's mother to her sister, 1861, giving Civil War information.