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Graves family papers, 1847-1952

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Graves family papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged by material type.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Graves family papers, 1847-1952, 1M87M42, AAP8734LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


87M42: 8.4 cubic feet, PA87M42: 9 items.


The Graves family emigrated from England to Virginia in 1607 and 1608, arriving on the ship "Mary and Margaret". Some of the early settlers' descendants later moved to Kentucky.

Scope and Content

This collection contains family letters, genealogical materials and other papers belonging to the Graves family and related lines. These materials were collected by Kate Lewis Clark Graves, wife of George Keene Graves who was a founder of Graves Cox and Company, a Lexington, Ky. clothing retailer. Mrs. Graves also compiled much of the genealogical data. A group of letters written in the late 1840s through the 1850s by Mrs. Graves ancestors, the Clarks of Lexington, Ky., is present. The majority of these letters concern family news but they also discuss political issues of the day.

Genealogy comprises the bulk of the collection. Among the lines traced here are the Arbuckles, Cassels, Clark and Lockharts, Graves, Graves- Goodwin, Keene, Lewis, Logan, McCoy and Rice. There are also many materials concerning patriotic societies to which Mrs. Graves belonged. In addition the collection contains records of the Needlework Guild of Lexington from 1928 to 1949. These include clippings, reports and membership lists. An allied collection of nineteenth-century family photographs is held in the Photographic Archives (PA87M42).


  • Graves family (Ky.)
  • Graves family (Great Britain).
  • Graves family (Va.)
  • Arbuckle family.
  • Cassel family.
  • Clark family.
  • Goodwin family.
  • Keane family.
  • Lewis family.
  • Lockhart family.
  • Logan family.
  • McCoy family.
  • Rice family.
  • Graves, Kate Lewis Clark, 1908-
  • Graves George Keene, 1865-1943.
  • Graves Cox and Company (Lexington, Ky.).
  • Retail trade--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Stores, Retail--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Genealogy--Kentucky.
  • Family archives--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Patriotic societies--Kentucky.
  • Needlework--Records and correspondence.
  • Clippings.
  • Genealogies.
  • Lists.
  • Scrapbooks

User Restrictions

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