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Molloy, John Calhoun, 1855-1923 (Sc 3321), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jan 2019

Molloy, John Calhoun, 1855-1923 (Sc 3321), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3321. Letter, 14 December 1891, of John C. Molloy, Pastor of Fourth Street Presbyterian Church, Owensboro, Kentucky, to Reverend E. W. Bedinger, Anchorage, Kentucky. He encloses his church’s donation to the Synod’s Evangelistic Fund and hopes to add to it during the coming winter. Includes envelope bearing the postmark “Owensborough Ky.”


Eisenhart, Wilson A., 1868-1937 (Sc 3190), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2018

Eisenhart, Wilson A., 1868-1937 (Sc 3190), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3190. Letter of Wilson A. Eisenhart, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky, to the members of the church, asking them to concur in the vote of the Official Board to accept his resignation effective April 1. He reminds them of their obligation to represent the congregation at the next meeting of the Logan Presbytery, expresses affection and gratitude for his six years at the church, and regrets that “the call of duty” compels him to accept another pastorate.


Gano, John Allen, 1805-1887 (Sc 3096), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2017

Gano, John Allen, 1805-1887 (Sc 3096), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding Aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3096. Letters from church leaders in the central Kentucky region to John Allen Gano, a Christian Church minister in Bourbon County, Kentucky. The letters reference the charisma of Gano’s sermons and solicit his visitation to various church meetings and services.


Mcreynolds, Benjamin, 1769-1845 (Mss 603), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2017

Mcreynolds, Benjamin, 1769-1845 (Mss 603), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and full-text scans of selected items (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Collection 603. Manuscript books of sermons, religious, medical and other writings created by Benjamin S. McReynolds, a Butler County, Kentucky Methodist minister. Includes family history and records of schools operated by McReynolds.


Sweets, Henry Hayes, 1872-1952 (Sc 3055), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2016

Sweets, Henry Hayes, 1872-1952 (Sc 3055), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3055. Mimeographed letter, 20 March 1906, of Henry H. Sweets, Louisville, Kentucky, Secretary, Executive Committee, Ministerial Education and Relief, of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. He urges recipients to convey the “crying need” for ministers to parents, teachers and young men in the church, and offers to send literature to interested parties whose names are forwarded to the Committee.


"Puritan Hypocrisy" And "Conservative Catholicity" : How Roman Catholic Clergy In The Border States Interpreted The U.S. Civil War., Carl C. Creason May 2016

"Puritan Hypocrisy" And "Conservative Catholicity" : How Roman Catholic Clergy In The Border States Interpreted The U.S. Civil War., Carl C. Creason

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis analyzes how Roman Catholic clergy in the Border States—Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland—interpreted the United States Civil War. Overall, it argues that prelates and priests from the region viewed the war through a religious lens informed by their Catholic worldview. Influenced by their experiences with anti-Catholicism and nativism as well as the arguments of the Catholic apologist movement, the clergy interpreted the war as a product of the ill-effects of Protestantism in the country. In response, the clergy argued that if more Americans had practiced Catholicism then the war could and would have been avoided. Furthermore, this ...


Harris, William, 1772-1845 - Relating To (Sc 2981), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2016

Harris, William, 1772-1845 - Relating To (Sc 2981), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2981. Research notes of Mary Leiper Moore, director of the Kentucky Building at Western Kentucky University, related to William Harris, an important early minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


Union County, Kentucky - Letter (Sc 2888), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2015

Union County, Kentucky - Letter (Sc 2888), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2888. Portion of a letter, 25 December 1865, written from Morganfield, Kentucky, by a Presbyterian clergyman to his father. After a two-year lapse in communication, he updates his father on his teaching duties at a male academy and his preaching at two churches. He also mourns social ills such as crime and intemperance, and contrasts the irreligion of the North with the growth of evangelical churches in the South.


Piercy, Jahue Louis, 1872-1961 (Sc 2843), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2014

Piercy, Jahue Louis, 1872-1961 (Sc 2843), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscritps Small Collection 2843. Letters written by Jahue Louis Piercy, a Methodist minister from Barren County, Kentucky, to his sister and brother-in-law, Louis D. “Den” and Minnie Florence Barbour, of Eighty Eight, Kentucky. He writes while on a year-long world evangelism tour with Henry Clay Morrison. Two of the letters are sent from India and one from Naples, Italy. He describes the geography and culture of India.


Felix, William H., 1838-1912 (Sc 2842), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2014

Felix, William H., 1838-1912 (Sc 2842), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2842. Two handwritten sermons, “God’s love displayed in our Sonship (1871), and “Origin of War and Fighting” (1873), delivered by William H. Felix at First Baptist Church, Covington, Kentucky. Also includes rededication program (1916) for Felix Memorial Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky, containing biographical sketch of Felix and information about the church, formerly known as Fifth Street Baptist Church.


Vertrees, Peter, 1840-1926 (Sc 1282), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2014

Vertrees, Peter, 1840-1926 (Sc 1282), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 1282. Autobiography of Peter Vertrees, an African-American native of Edmonson County, Kentucky, who served as a cook in the Confederate Army, 6th Kentucky Cavalry. Afterward, he was an educator and Baptist minister, chiefly in Sumner County, Tennessee. Includes associated biographical data, and the autobiography of his third wife Diora.


Goodknight, Thomas Mitchell, 1837-1908 (Sc 2769), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2013

Goodknight, Thomas Mitchell, 1837-1908 (Sc 2769), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2769. Thomas Mitchell Goodknight's "Pastor's Journal" of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which includes a short biography, as well as a list of elders and deacons ordained, marriages performed, church members added, etc., during his ministry in Kentucky (particularly the C.P. church at Franklin), Kansas, and Texas. He also discusses his role as a Confederate chaplain during the Civil War.


Martin, Grace Lee 1883-1968 (Sc 2718), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2013

Martin, Grace Lee 1883-1968 (Sc 2718), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2718. Paper titled “Brief History of David’s Fork Baptist Church,” dated 1876, and transcribed by Grace Lee Martin, historian of the Bryan Station Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Lexington, Kentucky.


Burke, Harry Taylor, 1909-2011 (Sc 992), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2013

Burke, Harry Taylor, 1909-2011 (Sc 992), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 992. Presentation by Harry Taylor Burke, at Christ Episcopal Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky, relating the devastation that the Japanese did to the Philippines and especially to the Episcopal church building. Burke has preciously been minister at the Bowling Green church. Includes letter about the paper, 1995.


Mcreynolds, John Vernon (Sc 533), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2012

Mcreynolds, John Vernon (Sc 533), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 533. Excerpts from McReynolds family history written by Benjamin McReynolds, Methodist minister and school teacher, Butler County, Kentucky. Also, additions to the history by John Vernon McReynolds, Lewisburg, Logan County, Kentucky.


Salyers, Mary Alice, 1910-1998 - Letters To (Mss 430), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2012

Salyers, Mary Alice, 1910-1998 - Letters To (Mss 430), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 430. Courtship letters sent to Mary Alice Salyers, Somerset, Kentucky from various suitors, chiefly Charles Duke Payne, a Christian minister and her future husband, Richard Allen Hays.


Barrow, David, 1753-1819 (Sc 517), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2012

Barrow, David, 1753-1819 (Sc 517), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and full-text of diary (click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 517. Photocopy of a typescript diary kept by David Barrow, a pioneer Baptist minister, during his trip to Kentucky and the Northwest Territory of Ohio. He visited family members, often preached at religious gatherings, and observed peace negotiations between the United States and various Indian tribes at Fort Greenville. Beginning in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, he traveled through Pennsylvania, Kentucky, the Northwest Territory, Eastern Tennessee, and North Carolina, before returning to his home in Virginia.


Dewitt, Marcus Bearden, 1835-1901 (Sc 2589), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Aug 2012

Dewitt, Marcus Bearden, 1835-1901 (Sc 2589), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2589. Typescript copy (done in 1911) of Marcus Bearden DeWitt’s pocket memorandum book from March-June 1863, then May 1865, chronicling conditions during the Civil War, including camp life, travel, family visits, and religion. Also includes “A Sketch of My Life,” a short autobiography written by DeWitt, and a memorial written by one of his children.


Ferrell Family Papers, 1878-1959 (Mss 60), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Aug 2012

Ferrell Family Papers, 1878-1959 (Mss 60), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 60. Correspondence of Thomas V. Ferrell, teacher and businessman, and of his wife, Winnie, 1885-1937 (58 items), and of their daughter Thelma, 1924-1957 (94 items), of Somerset, Kentucky; Ferrell family legal papers, 1923-1939 (7 items); notes of Thelma, who worked for the Somerset Journal for years; and miscellaneous receipts, clippings, etc.


Napier Collection (Sc 476), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2012

Napier Collection (Sc 476), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and scan (Click on "additional files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 476. Letters, 1926-1952 (3), sermons and speeches (15), commencement program, 1913, memo books, 1920-1923 (2) of Baxter W. Napier, Sr., Methodist minister, 1882(?)-1971; Masonic tribute and receipt, 1895 (2) of I. S. Napier; and miscellaneous items, 1842, 1951 (8).


Miller, Jacob Tol, B. 1827 (Mss 414), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2012

Miller, Jacob Tol, B. 1827 (Mss 414), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 414. Photocopies of Baptist minister Jacob Tol Miller’s original journal, as well as an annotated typescript. The journal details many aspects of a minister’s life during the period of camp meeting revivalism in the antebellum west from 1856-1887.


Rapp, Ernest W., B. 1941 (Sc 605), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2012

Rapp, Ernest W., B. 1941 (Sc 605), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 605. Photocopy of paper by Ernest W. Rapp, titled, “A Memorial to John G. Durham,” which was written for a history course at Western Kentucky University. The John Durham Collection (MSS 9) in the Manuscript Division of the WKU Special Collections Library was used in writing this paper.


Taylor, Judson Slade, 1838-1889 (Sc 525), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jun 2012

Taylor, Judson Slade, 1838-1889 (Sc 525), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collecction 525. Photocopy of an incomplete typescript memoir entitled “The First Fifty Years of Judson Slade Taylor,” a Baptist minister born in Ohio County, Kentucky; and a letter, 20 August 1971, from J.B. Taylor, a relative, to Nell Childress, Auburn, Kentucky, related to the memoir.


Fisk, Robert (Sc 403), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2012

Fisk, Robert (Sc 403), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and scan (Click on "additional files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 403. License, Whitley County, to perform marriages as a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


The Truth Shall Set You Free: The Bible, The Revolution, And The Debate Over Slavery In The American South, Kevin Simon May 2012

The Truth Shall Set You Free: The Bible, The Revolution, And The Debate Over Slavery In The American South, Kevin Simon

Masters Theses

Before the slavery debate pushed a divided American nation to the brink of civil war, the argument divided the family of God. By the time cannon fire erupted at Fort Sumter, Christians had already staked out positions based on sophisticated lines of argument they used to justify or condemn chattel slavery. The generation coming of age during the Civil War era witnessed a debate more intense and contentious than their ancestors had seen, but in terms of the arguments employed, it broke very little fresh ground. Contrary to the assumption that antebellum apologists in the South invented the defense of ...


Rupard, William, 1825-1904 (Sc 2518), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2012

Rupard, William, 1825-1904 (Sc 2518), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2518. Letter, 21 March 1883, from William Rupard, postmarked Hedges, Clark County, Kentucky, to W. W. Thomas, Harrisburg, Indiana. He reports on the health of mutual friends, “Brother” and “Sister” Lampton, and mentions his preaching activities.


Keen Collection (Sc 375), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2012

Keen Collection (Sc 375), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and scan (Click on "additional files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 375. Letters, 1868, 1873 (2), written to Thomas G. Keen, a Baptist minister, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and to his daughter, Fannie K. Roach, 1904 (1); dismissal letter given by the Baptist Church, Smithfield, Virginia, to J. R. Bells, 1860; and miscellaneous letter.


Gordon, Angus Neal, 1893-1981 (Sc 2431), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Apr 2011

Gordon, Angus Neal, 1893-1981 (Sc 2431), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2431. Sermon notes, liturgies, and teaching outlines compiled by Angus Neal Gordon, a Presbyterian minister, who served as Pastor of The Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 1952 to 1964. Of particular interest is a written statement given by Gordon after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Baker, Samuel, 1812-1888 (Sc 195), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2011

Baker, Samuel, 1812-1888 (Sc 195), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and scan (Click on "additional files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 195. Letters and certificates of Samuel Baker, a Baptist minister who came to America from England in 1834, eventually holding pastorates in Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Indiana, and Illinois . He was instrumental in establishing Bethel College in Russellville, Kentucky, and Bethel Female College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The materials from the 18th century and early 19th century are facsimiles.


Drake Family Papers, 1804-1861 (Sc 192), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2011

Drake Family Papers, 1804-1861 (Sc 192), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

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Finding aid and scan (Click on "additional files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 192. Chiefly letters to Albrittain Drake and his wife, Ruth (Collins) Drake, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Most of the letters are from Drake and Collins family members, primarily their sons, James Perry, a land agent in Indiana, and Benjamin Michael, a Methodist minister in Mississippi. Also includes biographical and genealogical information related to the two families. Typescripts of the letters written by James Perry Drake are available (click on "Additional Files" bellow).