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Margaret I. King Library

University of Kentucky

179 Funkhouser Drive
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Description:

The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains a records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

http://libraries.uky.edu/sc

Categories: Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan,

Collections:
Cora Wilson Stewart Papers, 1900-1940
Lindsay Family Papers, 1794-1932
Zachary Taylor papers, 1812-1850.
Wickliffe-Preston family papers, 1753-1897
United States Embassy (Spain) records, 1859-1861

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Cora Wilson Stewart Papers, 1900-1940

Stewart, Cora Wilson, 1875-1958. Educator, author. Born in Rowan County, Ky., Cora Wilson Stewart was educated at Morehead Normal School, the National Normal University and the University of Kentucky. In 1911, while serving as superintendent of Rowan County Schools, she established an adult education program aimed at eliminating illiteracy known as the "Moonlight Schools." Her pioneering efforts on behalf of illiteracy gained her a national reputation as an education reformist. In 1914 she was appointed head of the newly formed Kentucky Illiteracy Commission. She later worked for the Illiteracy Commission of the National Education Association, the National Illiteracy Crusade, the World Federation of Educational Associations and other agencies throughout the 1920s and 1930s. During the 1930s her involvement in education waned as she became active in the Oxford Group, a religious organization. Stewart authored a series of readers for adult illiterates as well as readers for American soldiers during World War I, American Indians and many magazine articles.

These are the papers of education reformist Cora Wilson Stewart. This collection includes diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, broadsides, pamphlets, speeches, photographs (removed to the Photo Archives), school materials, financial records, articles and unpublished manuscripts relating to Stewart's crusade against illiteracy. Correspondents include noted political leaders such as J.C.W. Beckham, James M. Cox, Alben Barkley, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Her efforts on behalf of native americans are reflected in photographs and various examples of Indian writing. Additional material documents her interest in educating illiterate soldiers during World War I and the impact of the Russian Revolution and subsequent "Red Scare" on her work.
 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/15183826

Size
40,000 pieces

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Herbert Hoover

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Lindsay Family Papers, 1794-1932

Lindsay family. William Lindsay, a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia, moved to Kentucky in 1854 where he read law and began legal practice in Clinton, Kentucky in 1858. Following service in the Confederate Army, he returned to his practice in Clinton and was subsequently elected to the Kentucky legislature (1867-1870) and the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1870-1878), where he served as Chief Justice during 1877-1878. Lindsay practiced law in Frankfort for a number of years thereafter and was elected again to the Kentucky legislature in 1890. He was appointed U.S. Senator in 1893 and elected to a full Senate term in the following year.
Lindsay married Eleanor Holmes, his third wife, in 1883. Eleanor was active in state and national programs of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A one time vice-president of the national society, she served as chairman of the committee on architecture which oversaw construction of the D.A.R. Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, D.C. (ca. 1903).

This collection consists of the papers of William Lindsay and his wife, Eleanor Holmes Lindsay. William Lindsay's papers (approx. 15 cubic ft.) include correspondence for the period 1867-1909, which consists almost entirely of letters received. Approximately half the letters relate either to legal cases under his consideration as a judge or to his private practice. Many letters from 1896-1930 relate to Democratic Party disputes over state and national issues; these include letters from various important figures within the sound money faction such as: Cassius M. Clay, Jr., Walter N. Haldeman, and John Wallen. Well known politicians who wrote Lindsay include Presidents Taft and Roosevelt, James Blaine, William Goebel, Ollie James, James Knott and Adlai Stevenson. Numerous members of the Clay and Breckinridge families also wrote. Other materials include legal documents, copies of speeches, financial records, newspaper clippings, and photographs (removed to photo archives). The papers of Eleanor Lindsay (1883-1930) consist of correspondence detailing her activities in connection with D.A.R. programs and her personal affairs.
 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/13616394

Size
20.1 cubic ft

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Zachary Taylor papers, 1812-1850.

1VF87M3 9 items.
1VF87M17 1 item.
This is a small but significant collection of correspondence by Zachary Taylor. The letters (1VF87M3) follow his military and political career through his service during the War of 1812, in the swamps of Florida in the 1830s, and in Texas and Mexico during the Mexican War. Most notable is a letter to Dr. R. G. Wood written from Aqua Nueva, Mexico on March 1, 1847, shortly after the Battle of Buena Vista. In this letter Taylor describes "the bloody and hard fought battle" and its aftermath. Several letters relate to Taylor's nomination for the presidency, including one to Congressman Andrew Stewart of Pennsylvania. In a letter of 1842 Taylor writes to Col. M. White of New Orleans of his financial condition, cotton, and floods on the Mississippi. Only one letter in the collection dates from Taylor's brief term as president. It is a thank you letter written four days before Taylor died.

 

In addition to Wood and Stewart other correspondents include General Thomas H. Cushing, H.S. Favor, General R. Jones, J.H. Clay Mudd, Levi Rawson, General James Taylor, and Colonel M. White. Accession 1VF87M17 is a single but lengthy letter to Dr. Wood written by Taylor in Monterey, Mexico on October 12, 1847. He discusses the Mexican War and the actions of several military officers. He comments on his feelings regarding his presidential aspirations and on Henry Clay's role in the next election.

 

U. S. President, soldier. A Virginian by birth, Zachary Taylor was raised in Jefferson County, Ky. He pursued a military career and defended Fort Harrison on the Wabash, the first American land victory of the War of 1812. After the war he continued his farming interests in Kentucky and purchased plantations in Louisiana and Mississippi. During the 1830s he served in Florida fighting Seminole and Mikasuki Indians. Before the Mexican War Taylor was involved with guarding pioneer settlements and maintaining peace with Indian tribes. Known as Old Rough and Ready since his service in Florida, Taylor was a brevetted brigadier-general at the outbreak of the Mexican War where he saw his greatest success against Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in February 1847. His Mexican War triumphs helped him to win the presidency in 1848 as the Whig Party candidate. Taylor died in office on July 9, 1850.
 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/15625681

University of Kentucky

Size
10 items

Presidential content includes:

- Zachary Taylor

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Wickliffe-Preston family papers, 1753-1897

80 cubic ft.
These are the papers of Robert Wickliffe, General William Preston and their families. Among the Wickliffe papers are letters and documents from noted politicians, lawyers and businessmen such as John C. Breckinridge and Henry Clay, artist Joel Tanner Hart, and frontiersman George Rogers Clark. Zachary Taylor writes to Wickliffe from Monterrey, Mexico of his reluctance to become presidential candidate (1847). There are also letters, indentures, bills of sale, etc., relating to Wickliffe's slaves. The Preston papers include a manuscript journal in which Preston describes his tour of duty during the Mexican War. Preston diaries and family correspondence dating from the Civil War and Reconstruction period illustrate his personal view of war and include many references to Confederate politics and relations with Mexico.
There are papers from Preston's career in Congress and from his tenure as Envoy to Spain. Correspondents include Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Todd Lincoln and Cassius M. Clay. There are several documents signed by CSA President Jefferson Davis. Andrew Jackson's pardon and amnesty to Preston (1868) is included as are Texas Association papers which include letters, contracts, stock certificate books, surveys and maps which are important in the history of Texas. Included with the Wickliffe-Preston papers are the Christy-Hepburn papers, George Hancock papers, Jason Rogers papers, Wickliffe executor's papers and the Woolley family papers.

 

Politicians, soldiers. Robert Wickliffe (1775-1859) was a successful attorney and early settler of Kentucky. He served in the state legislature as a representative from Fayette County in 1819, 1823 and 1825, and as state senator from 1825 to 1833. Wickliffe's daughter, Margaret, married General William Preston (1816-1887) in 1840. Preston, a native Kentuckian, served as lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Kentucky Infantry in the Mexican War, was elected to several state offices and served in Congress. In 1858 he was appointed envoy to Spain but returned to this country in 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. During the Civil War he served as Confederate's States Minister to Mexico, a mission which ultimately failed. In 1866 he and his family returned to Fayette County from their government-imposed exile in Canada.

 

In 1875 Preston was elected President of the Texas Association, an organization which sought to reclaim Texas lands once held by the Association. Under Preston's leadership litigation regarding the Association's claims on Texas land eventually reached the Supreme Court where the decision went against them.
Card catalog and unpublished inventory/register.
 

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/15219132

Size
80 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Zachary Taylor

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United States Embassy (Spain) records, 1859-1861

1 Reel of microfilm.
The collection contains correspondence from the United States Embassy to Spain during the period 1859 to 1861. Letters from the Spanish government to the Ambassador are in Spanish. Letters from Preston to the government, copied by his secretaries, concern routine diplomatic affairs. Much of the miscellaneous correspondence, some of which is also in Spanish, is from Ernest Volger, the U.S. consul in Barcelona.
Microfilm. Washington D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, 1965.
Originals : National Archives: Records of the American Embassy in Spain; Notes from the Spanish Government, Vol. 9; Notes to the Spanish Government, Vol. 5; Miscellaneous correspondence, Vols. 9 & 10 Washington D.C.
Diplomat. The records of this collection were gathered during the time period when William Preston served as minister to Spain (1859-1861). Preston, a former Whig Congressman from Kentucky, was appointed by President James Buchanan as Minister to Spain in 1858. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Preston resigned his post, joined the Confederate Army, serving as a brigadier, and later major general, and, briefly as the Confederate minister to Mexico.
Card catalog.
 

Size
1 reel

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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