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Covington-Reynolds Family Papers (Mss 677), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2019

Covington-Reynolds Family Papers (Mss 677), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 677. Chiefly courtship letters written by Edward Daniel Covington while teaching high school industrial arts classes at St. Petersburg High School in Florida to his girlfriend and future wife, Evelyn Reynolds, Cave City, Kentucky. The 1933 letters mention the financial effects of the Great Depression and the difficulty of paying teachers.


Slinker, Florra C., 1863-1945 (Sc 3474), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2019

Slinker, Florra C., 1863-1945 (Sc 3474), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Autograph album kept by Florra Slinker of Barren County, Kentucky, with entries dating from 1881 to 1902. Besides poems and autographs, the album contains recipes ranging from how to tan skins to how to bake a white cake. It also contains some prescriptions and remedies as well as some genealogical information on the Clark, Reynolds, and Covington families.


Perry Collection (Mss 676), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2019

Perry Collection (Mss 676), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 676. Letters, papers, photographs and scrapbooks of the Perry family, principally Gideon Babcock Perry, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville, Kentucky and his children, Reverend Henry G. Perry, Chicago, Illinois, and Emily B. Perry, Hopkinsville.


Clarkson, Mona (Wimp), 1849-1910 (Sc 3458), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2019

Clarkson, Mona (Wimp), 1849-1910 (Sc 3458), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3458. Letter, 2 May 1895, of Mona Clarkson, Big Spring, Kentucky, to her daughter Lady E. Clarkson. She offers encouragement to her daughter, who is taking voice lessons in Louisville, Kentucky, and urges her to protect her health. She discusses the sewing activities of several female friends and offers wardrobe planning advice. She also encloses a letter from a male friend of Lady’s regarding his return of a book.


Smith, Susan Alice "Sudie," 1892-1979 - Letter To (Sc 3454), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2019

Smith, Susan Alice "Sudie," 1892-1979 - Letter To (Sc 3454), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3454. Letter, 14 December 1912, from a beau named Claude at Princeton, Kentucky, to Miss Sudie Smith, Cerulean, Kentucky in which he discusses their friendship and correspondence and a recent illness he has experienced. On Princeton Hotel stationery.


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.


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.


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.


Bryan, Mary Louise, 1894-1980 - Letters To (Sc 3349), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Bryan, Mary Louise, 1894-1980 - Letters To (Sc 3349), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3349. Undated letter to Mary Bryan, Paducah, Kentucky, from a disappointed suitor. He describes arriving at her home to find her already departed for other amusements, and his distress at her possible preference for riding in a car rather than his “tiresome old buggy.” Embarrassed and hurt, he nevertheless declares his affection and denies any intention to offend her. Includes a photo postcard to Mary showing a social gathering.


Reynolds, Barbara Ann, 1942-2005 (Sc 3338), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2019

Reynolds, Barbara Ann, 1942-2005 (Sc 3338), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3338. “The Southern Gentleman,” a paper by WKU student Barbara Reynolds describing her youthful encounter with Judge John B. Rodes of Bowling Green, Kentucky.


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.”


Smith, Ruth, B. 1908? - Letters To (Sc 3320), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2019

Smith, Ruth, B. 1908? - Letters To (Sc 3320), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3320. Invitation to a children’s party on 19 October 1912 sent to Ruth Smith, postmarked Johnston City, Illinois; also letter, 18 August 1922, to Ruth in Sebree, Kentucky, regarding graduation ceremonies for Webster County schools.

The letter includes the program for the ceremony on 30 August

1922 and recommends attire for graduates.


Scott Family - Letters To (Sc 3318), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2019

Scott Family - Letters To (Sc 3318), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3318. Letters to the Scott family of Ashland, Kentucky, chiefly to Sarah Asenath Scott from Fred Osborne, written from Clinchco, Virginia prior to their marriage. Fred refers to his work and health, their marriage plans, and a pending legal case. Other letters to Sarah are from childhood friends and classmates and friends of her mother. Includes a family letter to Sarah’s mother, and letters to her father from his sister and her children in Knoxville, Tennessee, which refer to farming operations and hopes for an improved economy under the new president, Franklin ...


Cunningham, Alice E., B. 1891? (Sc 3319), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2019

Cunningham, Alice E., B. 1891? (Sc 3319), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3319. Letter, 27 February 1909, of Alice E. Cunningham, Louisville, Kentucky, to her cousin Earle Cunningham. The letter is addressed to Georgia, but Earle appears to be in Florida. Alice teases him with a description of a “Southern beauty” visiting her home and asks him to write with news of his “numerous love affairs” with Southern girls. She also describes attending a church social “overrun” with seminary students attracted by the food, a Martha Washington Tea held by her Young Ladies Society, and a show at Louisville’s Mary Anderson Theater. The envelope ...


Ligon, Lucy Ann (Parker) Robbins, 1833-1891 - Letters To (Sc 3278), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2018

Ligon, Lucy Ann (Parker) Robbins, 1833-1891 - Letters To (Sc 3278), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3278. Letters to Lucy Ann Robbins Ligon, the daughter of Fulton County, Kentucky judge Josiah Parker and his wife Lucy A. Parker, written while she lived in Crittenden County, Arkansas with her late husband’s brother, and in Hickman, Kentucky after her remarriage. Lucy’s parents relay news of her siblings and of pre-Civil War Hickman, and at the outbreak of war dramatically describe the division of loyalties, the townspeople’s fear and uncertainty as invasion threatens from the North, the enlistment of local men, two destructive fires, economic conditions, the suspension of ...


Vaughn, Gene H. - Letters To (Sc 3274), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2018

Vaughn, Gene H. - Letters To (Sc 3274), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3274. Condolence letters from 12th Street Church of Christ, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Congressman William H. Natcher upon the death of Vaughn’s father, Eldon Howard Vaughn in September 1983.


Baxter, Ruth Vivian, B. 1908? (Sc 3269), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2018

Baxter, Ruth Vivian, B. 1908? (Sc 3269), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3269. My Him Book, an illustrated memory album designed by Elisa E. Edwards (published in 1924) and given to Ruth Vivian Baxter, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, in 1930. Ruth names and records comments about her life "loves," including childhood friends, school crushes, movie stars, musicians, and her husband; notes on their wedding include a list of gifts.


Mcdaniel, Robert Estle, Jr., B. 1965 (Sc 3169), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2018

Mcdaniel, Robert Estle, Jr., B. 1965 (Sc 3169), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3169. Typewritten Christmas list from the mid-1970s of Robert "Bob" McDaniel, Danville, Kentucky.


Pierian Club - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Mss 610), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2017

Pierian Club - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Mss 610), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 610. Minutes, correspondence, yearbooks, and miscellaneous records of the Pierian Club, a women's literary club in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Ashby, J. S. (Sc 3062), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2016

Ashby, J. S. (Sc 3062), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3062. Letter, 9 February 1843, of J. S. Ashby, Daviess County, Kentucky, to James M. Howard, Wayne County, Illinois. He replies to Howard’s request for money with a description of poor local economic conditions, including low prices for crops and horses, difficulty collecting debts, and even lack of money to pay for marriage licenses. He expresses his wish to marry and relates an anecdote about three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter, the last referring to bachelors.


Nocquet, Emilie, 1830?-1883 (Sc 3020), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2016

Nocquet, Emilie, 1830?-1883 (Sc 3020), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3020. Letters of Emilie Nocquet, Chicago, Illinois, to Catherine Gerard, Bowling Green, Kentucky. On 19 September 1865, she writes of her family in New Albany, Indiana, her husband’s business, and her affection for Catherine’s young daughter. On 22 February 1866, she relates further news of her family and husband, and wonders if Catherine has another baby; in light of her delicate health, she suggests that Catherine send her husband “trav[e]ling” and offers to help “give him a good whip[p]ing.”


Crase, Donny G., 1930-2005 (Sc 3046), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2016

Crase, Donny G., 1930-2005 (Sc 3046), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3046. Letters written to Donny Gene Crase chiefly from his girlfriend and future wife, Cinda Sparkman, and his parents in Letcher County, Kentucky. The letters discuss family matters and local happenings.


Barr, Edward Wallace, 1887-1962 (Mss 576), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2016

Barr, Edward Wallace, 1887-1962 (Mss 576), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 576. Papers, lecture notes and appointment book relating to Dr. E. Wallace Barr’s training and service as a dentist with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I; includes a few items of family correspondence.


Fulkerson, Joseph Gerald, 1923-2013 And Josephine (Woodward) Fulkerson, 1926-2016 (Sc 2995), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2016

Fulkerson, Joseph Gerald, 1923-2013 And Josephine (Woodward) Fulkerson, 1926-2016 (Sc 2995), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2995. Autograph album of Josephine (Woodward) Fulkerson, 1937; and “Memories West Louisville High School 1942-1992,” a souvenir booklet belonging to Joseph G. Fulkerson, with biographical data on the members of his 1942 high school graduating class.


Eqb Club - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Mss 569), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2016

Eqb Club - Bowling Green, Kentucky (Mss 569), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 569. Minutes, financial records, publications, correspondence, historical data, and miscellaneous materials of the EQB Club, a men's literary club in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Sargent, George Henry, 1828-1917 (Mss 564), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2016

Sargent, George Henry, 1828-1917 (Mss 564), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and scan of a portion of a diary (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Collection 564. Diary kept by George Henry Sargent from 1 May 1851 to 10 January 1853. The Harvard student writes on a variety of subjects, including education, religion, historical events, travel, etc. Of particular interest is a three-month sojourn in 1852 with his sister, Lucy Baldwin (Sargent) Rupert in Louisville, Kentucky. While in Kentucky, he also visits Henderson and Mammoth Cave.


Bath County, Kentucky - Letters (Sc 2958), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Dec 2015

Bath County, Kentucky - Letters (Sc 2958), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2958. Correspondence of two related Bath County, Kentucky families. A lonesome Sarah L. Boyd writes to her mother, Elizabeth A. “Lizzie” Rogers, from boarding school in Fleming County, Kentucky in 1865, where she discusses having her photograph taken, “hateful” schoolmates, and provisions from her family of clothing, whiskey and bitters. In the 1880s, Ida Lee Bell receives letters from cousins, friends and suitors with family news and local gossip. One of her letters voices disapproval of young men who drink when calling on ladies. The letters mention many family members by first name.


Hardy, Lawrence J., B. 1874? (Sc 2950), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2015

Hardy, Lawrence J., B. 1874? (Sc 2950), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2950. Handwritten invitation to Misses Alice and Dump Page, Hart County, Kentucky, to a candy pulling at the home of L.J. Hardy on Christmas night, 1896.


Gates, Nellie, 1856-1950 (Sc 2948), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Nov 2015

Gates, Nellie, 1856-1950 (Sc 2948), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2948. Diary kept by Nellie Gates, Calhoun, Kentucky, from 12 March 1872 to 25 October 1873. Also includes a brief note, dated 24 January 1942, written by Gates in which she reminisces about the visit of a friend on 24 January 1881.


Hines, Clara Ursula (Wright) Nahm, 1904-1983 (Mss 561), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Aug 2015

Hines, Clara Ursula (Wright) Nahm, 1904-1983 (Mss 561), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 561. Personal diaries of Clara (Wright) Hines, Bowling Green, Kentucky, kept during her marriage to food critic Duncan Hines and after his death. Includes some correspondence, travel itineraries, and miscellaneous papers.