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Dinsmore Steele papers, 1936-1938

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Dinsmore Steele papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by format.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2011MS177: [identification of item], Dinsmore Steele papers, 1936-1938, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.2 Cubic feet

1 box


Dinsmore Steele and her husband Robert Steele built a house on Old Frankfort Pike, currently the residence for Fares Farm, in 1936 and 1937. To build the house they hired Warfield Gratz, one of the leading architects in Lexington from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Scope and Content

Letters, financial documents, a contract, and notes and sketches compose the Dinsmore Steele papers and document the construction of Dinsmore and Robert Steele's home on Old Frankfort Pike. The papers include letters and bills primarily from the Lexington architect, Warfield Gratz.


  • Financial statements.
  • Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Gratz, Warfield
  • Architecture--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Correspondence.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1936-1937
[Box: 1, Folder: 26]
Contract with Combs Lumber Co, 1936 June 5
[Box: 1, Folder: 27]
Financial documents, 1936
[Box: 1, Folder: 28]
Financial documents, 1937
[Box: 1, Folder: 29]
Financial documents, 1938, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 30]
Notes and sketches, circa 1936
[Box: 1, Folder: 31]
Printed material, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 32]