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Edwards, John, 1748-1837 (Sc 3417), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Edwards, John, 1748-1837 (Sc 3417), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3417. Letter, 12 December 1824, of John Edwards, Lexington, Kentucky to George W. Williams, Paris, Kentucky. The former U.S. senator offers to discuss the terms on which Williams is to hire out slaves for Edwards’s factory business, but declines his request to train them in cigar-making. He also reports on his law studies, his hopes for financial success, and on a recent visit to Frankfort, Kentucky, where he found state legislators to be “mere factionists,” “without intelligence, without principle, dignity, [or] virtue.”


Miner Family Letters (Sc 3410), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Miner Family Letters (Sc 3410), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3410. Letter, 7 March 1849, of Selden Miner and his wife Maria of Wethersfield, Illinois (formerly of Wethersfield, Connecticut) to Selden’s brother Samuel S. Miner and his wife Araminta in Maysville, Kentucky. Hearing of their plan to visit Illinois, they warn that Selden has “Gold fever” and may depart for California. An enthusiastic Selden details the preparations being made by others in the community, but admits his wife’s lack of support and asks Samuel’s advice. A skeptical Maria doubts the wisdom of the plan for several reasons and fears it ...


Beeler, Andrew J., Jr., 1912-1998 (Sc 3418), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Beeler, Andrew J., Jr., 1912-1998 (Sc 3418), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3418. Letters to WKU faculty member Frances Richards from A. J. Beeler, curriculum director for the Louisville, Kentucky public schools. A letter of 1 May 1946 encloses his list of recent Kentucky literature, and a letter of 3 January 1958 reports on his family and Christmas holiday. Includes his reviews of three books by Janice Holt Giles.


Goodman, Julian Byrn, 1922-2012 (Sc 3420), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Goodman, Julian Byrn, 1922-2012 (Sc 3420), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3420. Letter, 12 September 1966, to retired WKU faculty member Frances Richards from Julian Goodman, president of the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. The former student of Richards thanks her for attending his recent WKU commencement speech, praises her habit of maintaining correspondence with students, and remarks fondly on his days at WKU. He also promises to “try to give you more of those good dramatic programs you’d like to see.” Also includes a copy of a theme for Richards’ English class, apparently written by Goodman, that makes the case for “a college ...


Rennick, Robert M., 1932-2010 (Sc 3419), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Rennick, Robert M., 1932-2010 (Sc 3419), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3419. Letters, March 1972, to retired WKU faculty member Frances Richards and her sister Mary Ellen Richards, Franklin, Kentucky, from Robert M. Rennick of the University of Kentucky’s Prestonsburg Community College. Rennick outlines the objectives and methods of a national undertaking to survey all the place names of the United States and his work with a committee to ensure Kentucky’s participation. He requests their help in supervising the research and gathering of data from Simpson County. A second letter thanks Frances for her agreement to participate and asks for a meeting ...


U.S. 31-W To Interstate 65 Connector Project (Mss 663), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

U.S. 31-W To Interstate 65 Connector Project (Mss 663), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 663. Reports, correspondence, and data related chiefly to Section 106 Review of the connector project which covered the project’s potential effects on historic resources within the area affected. This connector was proposed to allow easier access from the Kentucky Transpark in northern Warren County, Kentucky to Interstate 65.


Harrison, Lowell Hayes, 1922-2011 (Sc 3416), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Harrison, Lowell Hayes, 1922-2011 (Sc 3416), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3416. Letters of WKU history professor Lowell Harrison to retired WKU faculty member Frances Richards, Franklin, Kentucky. He writes of his activities, travel, publications, and the health of himself and his wife Penny. Includes a manuscript, “On His Majesty’s Service” regarding unrest in colonial America.


Cox, Hal Z., 1883-1952 (Sc 3414), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Cox, Hal Z., 1883-1952 (Sc 3414), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3414. Poem, “Old Kentucky,” written by Hodgenville, Kentucky native Hal Z. Cox in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Kentucky statehood. Includes a 2011 newspaper article about Cox.


Stewart, Robert Lee, 1873-1963 (Sc 3415), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2019

Stewart, Robert Lee, 1873-1963 (Sc 3415), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3415. Letters, 30 May 1956 and 15 May 1957, to Mary Ellen Richards, Franklin, Kentucky, from Lee Stewart, Morehead, Kentucky. He encloses poems and song lyrics relating to Kentucky history, and comments on the Rowan County, Kentucky centennial celebrations. He also encloses his newspaper article about a Fayette County, Kentucky judge, legislator and poet.


Daniel, Hannah (Lewis) Hawkins, 1833-1870 (Sc 3413), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Daniel, Hannah (Lewis) Hawkins, 1833-1870 (Sc 3413), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3413. Letter, 31 October 1864, of Hannah Hawkins Daniel, Poplar Plains (Fleming County), Kentucky, to her brother Dr. Henry H. Lewis, Salt Lick (Bath County), Kentucky. She writes of a possible raid on Flemingsburg, and of the fate of a party of looters in the area. She also laments the difficulties of horse travel, reports hearing of conflict over the military draft from a correspondent in Iowa, and invites a member of Lewis’s household to visit “if there are no Rebs between here & there.”


Carver, Gayle Raymond, 1913-2005 (Sc 3412), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Carver, Gayle Raymond, 1913-2005 (Sc 3412), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3412. Report of an interview, conducted by Gayle R. Carver for a WKU English class, of Otto A. Rothert, secretary of the Filson Historical Society. Carver and a companion visited Rothert at his Muhlenberg County, Kentucky farm, which is the main topic of the interview.


Miller, Melissa, B. 1984 (Sc 3411), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Miller, Melissa, B. 1984 (Sc 3411), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3411. “The Autobiography of Melissa Miller,” written by Melissa Miller as a Mother’s Day gift and illustrated with drawings and photographs. The seven-year-old author writes of her birth in Mexico, infancy, school, family, and favorite things.


Pioneer Cemetery - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Sc 3407), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Pioneer Cemetery - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Sc 3407), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3407. Alphabetical list, with birth and death years where available, of persons buried in Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Pioneer Cemetery. Prepared by Nellie Hoofnel as part of an initiative by the Chamber of Commerce to protect the graves, the list includes “all the names that are legible,” and a preface asks relatives who recognize names to contact the Chamber.


Kentucky Poetry Day (Sc 3408), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Kentucky Poetry Day (Sc 3408), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3408. Information for school administrators regarding programming for Kentucky Poetry Day. Includes proclamations by the Governor, suggested activities, and historical, biographical and bibliographical data on Kentucky poets.


Kentucky Council Of Teachers Of English (Sc 3409), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Kentucky Council Of Teachers Of English (Sc 3409), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3409. “Literary Landmarks of Kentucky,” a guidebook prepared by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English. Organized alphabetically by county and thereafter by place name, the guide provides short entries about the literary personalities or literary works associated with that location.


Richards, Frances, 1893-1991 - Letters To (Sc 3406), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Richards, Frances, 1893-1991 - Letters To (Sc 3406), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collections 3406. Letters of recommendation for Simpson County, Kentucky teacher Frances Richards (later a WKU faculty member), and associated letters regarding teaching positions. Includes teachers certificates and certificate examination grades for Frances’s sister Mary Ellen Richards. One correspondent, A. H. Hill, writes with familiarity to his “cousins” Frances and Mary Ellen.


Shirley Family Letters (Sc 3403), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Shirley Family Letters (Sc 3403), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3403. Letters received by the Shirley family of Eagle Station, Carroll County, Kentucky. A nephew writes of his new job with a Fort Wayne, Indiana newspaper, a specialist with the Dixie Poultry Journal gives advice on treating worms in poultry, and Albert Shirley writes his wife Lydia from their daughter Kathleen’s home. Includes a doctor’s notes on the health of Kathleen’s young son Robert.


Edens, William Jeptha, 1898-1969 - Relating To (Sc 3404), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Edens, William Jeptha, 1898-1969 - Relating To (Sc 3404), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3404. Report of an interview conducted by WKU student Mary Helen Jenkins of William J. Edens, a former WKU agriculture professor and Arkansas State College president who was then serving as attaché with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The interview discusses his education and career, particularly as an agricultural advisor overseas.


Fleming, Peter F., B. 1842? (Sc 3392), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Fleming, Peter F., B. 1842? (Sc 3392), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3392. Letter, 7 December 1862, from Peter Fleming of the 96th Illinois Volunteers, Company E, to his friend Thomas Elliott. From Camp Beard at Danville, Kentucky, he writes of the cold weather, the good turnpike roads, the presence of troops in the vicinity, and the satisfactory food supply. He also mentions the names of several of his comrades in Company E.


Patton, Paul Edward, B. 1937 (Sc 3400), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Patton, Paul Edward, B. 1937 (Sc 3400), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3400. Letter, 16 April 1987, of Paul E. Patton, Pikeville, Kentucky, to Riley Handy, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The letter asks support for Patton’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and outlines his experience and qualifications for the office.


Nunn, Louie Broady, 1924-2004 (Sc 3405), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Nunn, Louie Broady, 1924-2004 (Sc 3405), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3405. Letter, 25 October 1971, to “Fellow Kentuckian” from Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn. Preparing to leave office, he provides a report on his administration’s accomplishments with respect to agriculture in the state. Much of the detail is set out in a report to Nunn from the Commissioner of Agriculture that is included with the letter.


Wilgus, Donald Knight, 1918-1989 (Sc 3401), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Wilgus, Donald Knight, 1918-1989 (Sc 3401), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3401. Letter, 25 July 1960, to friends from Donald Knight Wilgus and family, Los Angeles, California, describing their activities and travel since moving to California, including Wilgus’s work at the University of California, Los Angeles. Includes a review of Wilgus’s book, Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship Since 1898, and the premier issue (1963) of Hootenanny: The National Folk Singing Magazine, with an article about Wilgus and UCLA’s folk music studies program.


Hart, Joel Tanner, 1810-1877 - Relating To (Sc 3402), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Hart, Joel Tanner, 1810-1877 - Relating To (Sc 3402), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3402. Biographical sketch, date and author unknown, of sculptor Joel Tanner Hart, a native of Clark County, Kentucky.


Atwood, Rufus Ballard, 1897-1963 (Sc 3397), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Atwood, Rufus Ballard, 1897-1963 (Sc 3397), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3397. Curriculum vitae of Rufus B. Atwood, who became president of Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky in 1929. The document lists his educational credentials, achievements as KSU president, organizational affiliations, and published and unpublished work.


Muir, John Wakefield, 1909-1991 (Sc 3399), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Muir, John Wakefield, 1909-1991 (Sc 3399), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3399. Correspondence and associated material of amateur historian, collector and Bardstown banker John W. Muir. Most relates to Muir’s interest in John Rowan and his Bardstown, Kentucky home Federal Hill, and to Stephen Foster’s association with the property, thought to have been the inspiration for his song “My Old Kentucky Home.” Muir brings sources on Rowan to the attention of WKU faculty member Frances Richards, the author of a master’s thesis on Rowan. Also includes Muir’s correspondence with J. Winston Coleman regarding the Rowan-Chambers duel, and letters about his ...


Logan, Rex A., 1902-1973 (Sc 3398), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Logan, Rex A., 1902-1973 (Sc 3398), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3398. Letter, 5 February 1962, of Kentucky State Senator Rex A. Logan to Mrs. E. L. Richards, Franklin, Kentucky, enclosing a copy of a speech Logan delivered to the Kentucky General Assembly in response to Governor Bert Combs’s recent message on the state of the Commonwealth. Though both are Democrats, Logan criticizes Combs’s administration for its broken campaign promises and failure to respect the independence of the legislative branch.


Duncan, Parker Ward, 1909-1966 - Relating To (Sc 3396), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Duncan, Parker Ward, 1909-1966 - Relating To (Sc 3396), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3396. Memorial resolution for Parker Ward Duncan, former Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and associated correspondence between former Kentucky Governor Bert Combs and WKU President Kelly Thompson, members of the committee composing the resolution. The resolution was presented at the dedication of a portrait of Duncan to hang in the State Capitol Building.


Guthrie, Alfred Bertram, Jr., 1901-1991 (Sc 3395), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Guthrie, Alfred Bertram, Jr., 1901-1991 (Sc 3395), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3395. Three autobiographical sketches by author A. B. Guthrie, Jr., written in response to requests. Also includes Guthrie’s article on the historical novel, written for the Montana Magazine of History, and a review of his book of collected stories The Big It, with his comments, published in the Saturday Review.


Guthrie, Alfred Bertram, Jr., 1901-1991 (Sc 3395), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Guthrie, Alfred Bertram, Jr., 1901-1991 (Sc 3395), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3395. Three autobiographical sketches by author A. B. Guthrie, Jr., written in response to requests. Also includes Guthrie’s article on the historical novel, written for the Montana Magazine of History, and a review of his book of collected stories The Big It, with his comments, published in the Saturday Review.


Messer, George, 1833-1863 (Sc 3385), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Messer, George, 1833-1863 (Sc 3385), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and full text transcript (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3385. Letter, 14 December 1862, of George Messer, 107th Illinois Infantry, to his wife Lottie in Clinton, Illinois. He describes the march to camp near Munfordville, Kentucky, the layout of the camp, and nearby graves, the result of an earlier engagement. He outlines the position of other troops in the area and lists the names of several men who have deserted from his company. He makes some critical remarks about his father at home and expresses confidence in Lottie’s ability to manage his ...