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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.”


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Libraries - Woodford County, Kentucky (Sc 3391), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Libraries - Woodford County, Kentucky (Sc 3391), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3391. Collected research on the history of library services in Woodford County, Kentucky. Includes clippings, correspondence (particularly regarding the merger of the Woodford County Library and the Logan Helm Memorial Library), and historical narratives.


Bowling Green Welfare Home - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Sc 3390), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Bowling Green Welfare Home - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Sc 3390), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3390. Two reports on the Bowling Green Welfare Home, 1023 Adams Street, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The first lists expenses from 1932-1934 and provides a short history and a list of residents. The second, by Marie Pennington, is dated 1936 and reports on the home’s history, personnel and finances, and describes a few of the welfare cases.


Moxley, Frank Otha, 1908-2004 (Mss 664), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Moxley, Frank Otha, 1908-2004 (Mss 664), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 664. Personal and professional papers of Dr. Frank O. Moxley of Bowling Green, Kentucky, an educator, guidance counselor, coach, and prominent member of the city’s African American community. Includes projects and narratives related to Bowling Green’s African American heritage.


Gilliam Candy Company - Paducah, Kentucky (Sc 3387), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Gilliam Candy Company - Paducah, Kentucky (Sc 3387), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3387. Letters of Cleve Gilliam of the Gilliam Candy Company, “Manufacturers of ‘Blue Grass’ Brand Candies,” Paducah, Kentucky, to Edwin Larrance, Indianapolis, Indiana, whose health problems are inhibiting his work as the company’s Indiana sales representative. Gilliam complains of the decline in business and of the further difficulty of maintaining profits while supplying free sample boxes of candy. The final letter praises Larrance but terminates the company’s arrangement with him.


Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program (Sc 3386), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program (Sc 3386), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3386. Materials relating to the Kentucky Historical Society’s Kentucky Historical Highway Marker Program, consisting mostly of correspondence of WKU President Kelly Thompson, a member of the Committee to Edit Inscriptions, and WKU faculty member Frances Richards, who consult with the state and Warren County chairmen concerning the content of proposed markers. Includes a 1963 report and other statistical data for the 1960s.


Wilson, Alexander Gordon, 1888-1970 (Sc 3384), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Wilson, Alexander Gordon, 1888-1970 (Sc 3384), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3384. Letters of WKU English faculty member Gordon Wilson to fellow faculty member Frances Richards and her sister Mary Ellen Richards, Franklin, Kentucky. The folklorist and accomplished amateur ornithologist writes effusively about his life and post-retirement work, including his autobiography and his linguistic and bird studies in the Mammoth Cave region. He reports various bird sightings and counts to Mary Ellen, discusses upcoming speeches and publications, shares news of his family, friends and health, and thanks Frances for gifts of phonograph records. Includes notes from his wife written after his death.


Benevolent And Protective Order Of Elks (Sc 3383), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Benevolent And Protective Order Of Elks (Sc 3383), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3383. Correspondence, news clippings, documents, photos, certificates, and other ephemera related to the Kentucky state Elks and the Bowling Green, Kentucky, Lodge (#320). Much of this revolves around leadership roles played by William P. Stamps, Jr. of Bowling Green. Also includes constitution and by-laws as well as minutes of the Bowling Green auxiliary, 1986-1987.


Postal Service - Allen County, Kentucky (Sc 3380), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Postal Service - Allen County, Kentucky (Sc 3380), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3380. Copies of records from the National Archives recording the appointment of postmasters for Allen County, Kentucky from 1875-1956. Includes informational returns to the Division of Topography from the post office at Halfway, Kentucky for 1895, 1914 and 1939, general data on the post office, and a list of its postmasters, 1877-1973.


Pearson, Carolyn (Sc 3377), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Pearson, Carolyn (Sc 3377), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3377. “Shadow of a Rope,” a paper by WKU student Carolyn Pearson about the arrest and trial for rape of an African American man, Sam Jennings, and his 1932 execution, the last public hanging in Breckinridge County and the second-last in Kentucky. Pearson interviewed citizens connected with the case and included five photographs of Jennings on the scaffold.


Moyers, Dolores Jean (Sc 3375), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2019

Moyers, Dolores Jean (Sc 3375), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3375. “Warren County’s Outstanding Pioneer,” a short paper by WKU journalism student Dolores Moyers about Robert Craddock, a Revolutionary War veteran and philanthropist whose will established the Craddock Fund for the education of Warren County, Kentucky schoolchildren. Includes her typescript of Craddock’s will.


Mcguire, Owen (Lg 464), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Mcguire, Owen (Lg 464), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and full-text scan (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Land Grant 464. Copy of a land grant, 6 May 1814, by which Isaac Shelby, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, granted to Owen McGuire as assignee of William Thompson 200 acres of land on the waters of Drakes Creek, Warren County, Kentucky.


Rice, Bertha Eleanor (Adams), 1875-1948 (Mss 661), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Rice, Bertha Eleanor (Adams), 1875-1948 (Mss 661), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 661. Genealogical research and correspondence files of Bertha (Adams) Rice, Russellville, Kentucky, mainly regarding the ancestry of Logan County, Kentucky families. Includes a large amount of data copied from deed, marriage, will, and court records of Logan and other Kentucky counties, and from published works.


Miss Dynamite (Dog), 1958-1973 (Sc 3345), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Miss Dynamite (Dog), 1958-1973 (Sc 3345), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3345. Publicity material about “Miss Dynamite,” a dog owned by Scottsville, Kentucky, soft drink company executive Fred Hale. Hale termed her “Kentucky’s Canine Celebrity,” made her the owner for life of his shopping center, and established a bank account in her name. Includes information about her life, death and funeral, Christmas cards, clippings, and a check signed with Miss Dynamite’s paw print and honored by a Scottsville bank.


Creason, Joe, 1918-1974 (Sc 3347), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Creason, Joe, 1918-1974 (Sc 3347), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3347. “Kentuckians: How and Why We’re Different,” a speech delivered by Joe Creason, columnist for the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal, to a joint meeting of the Simpson County (Kentucky) Historical Society and the Franklin (Kentucky) Chamber of Commerce, September 1967. The speech reviews Kentucky’s history, geography, settlement, culture, and notable citizens. Includes a “Kentucky mountain version” of the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”


Severns Valley Baptist Church - Elizabethtown, Kentucky (Sc 3342), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Severns Valley Baptist Church - Elizabethtown, Kentucky (Sc 3342), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3342. Compensation study committee report for Severns Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, created to determine the question of “a fair salary for our church staff.” Includes details of current salaries by position and recommendations for future salaries and benefits.


Woolfolk, Miriam Lamy, B. 1926 (Sc 3343), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Woolfolk, Miriam Lamy, B. 1926 (Sc 3343), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3343. “Notes, Sketches of Kentucky’s Covered Bridges” by Miriam Woolfolk, a booklet compiling data on sixteen covered bridges in Kentucky accompanied by sketches of each, and a poem by the author. Includes a brochure, “Covered Bridges: A Vanishing Species,” offering programs by the author on covered bridges and other topics.


Lincoln County, Kentucky - Wolf Scalps (Sc 3344), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Lincoln County, Kentucky - Wolf Scalps (Sc 3344), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3344. Certificates issued to four individuals in Lincoln County, Kentucky for wolf scalps and heads.


Hill, Ruth Elizabeth (Phillips), 1894-1980 (Sc 3340), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Hill, Ruth Elizabeth (Phillips), 1894-1980 (Sc 3340), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3340. Typescript, with handwritten notations, of a speech by Ruth Hill, Bowling Green, Kentucky, entitled “Some of ‘My Favorite Things.’” First given at the Chautauqua Club, a Bowling Green, Kentucky literary club, in 1965 and thereafter to several women’s clubs, the speech reviews Mrs. Hill’s appreciation for theater, scientific progress, and other aspects of life that “shut out the winds of pessimism and depression.”


Wilson, Effie Gertrude, 1903-1986 (Sc 3337), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Wilson, Effie Gertrude, 1903-1986 (Sc 3337), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3337. “Burkesville’s Colleges,” a paper by Effie G. Wilson, Marrowbone, Kentucky, outlining the history of Alexander College and Burkesville College, two nineteenth-century schools in Burkesville (Cumberland County), Kentucky.


Loving, Frances (Hoover), B. 1907? (Sc 3339), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Loving, Frances (Hoover), B. 1907? (Sc 3339), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3339. Letter, 19 August 1968, of Frances (Hoover) Loving, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to the editor of the Park City Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The former resident of Bowling Green deplores the recent bombing of a rural African-American church near the city and expresses the hope that law enforcement will solve the crime, stated in an attached clipping to be the sixth in the county in the past eighteen months. Copied to several state and national politicians, pastors, and Western Kentucky University faculty, the letter was published in the Daily News on 21 ...