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Frances Smith Shine papers, 1909-1968

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Frances Smith Shine papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by subject.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

70M22: [identification of item], Frances Smith Shine papers, 1909-1968, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


2.03 Cubic feet

6 boxes


Writer Frances Lathrop (Smith) Dugan Shine (1903-1977) worked as an assistant archivist in Special Collections in the Margaret I. King Library of the University of Kentucky. The granddaughter of Gilbert Hinds King, Shine was an active member of the Kentucky Library Association, and served as a president of the League of Women Voters. She published several historical articles and books such as Bluegrass Craftsman: Being the Reminiscences of Ebenezer Hiram Stedman and Rainfall Harvest: Gilbert Hinds King and the Lexington Hydraulic & Manufacturing Company.

Scope and Content

The Frances Smith Shine papers comprise correspondence, material relating to two books, articles, and book reviews. Organized by subject, the papers document Shine's career as a librarian and author as well as her interest in politics. The bulk of papers include manuscripts, research files, and post publication files for two books: Bluegrass Craftsman: Being the Reminiscences of Ebenezer Hiram Stedman and Rainfall Harvest: Gilbert Hinds King and the Lexington Hydraulic & Manufacturing Company. Additionally, the papers' correspondence predominantly concerns business and politics, although it includes some personal letters.


  • University of Kentucky. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives Dept.
  • Kentucky--History--18th century.
  • Kentucky--History--19th century.
  • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956
  • Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985
  • Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991
  • King, Gilbert Hinds.
  • Morton, Thruston B., (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982
  • Shine, Frances Lathrop Dugan, 1903-1977
  • Stedman, Ebenezer Hiram, 1808-1885.
  • Historians--Kentucky.
  • Librarians--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Libraries--Kentucky.
  • United States--History--World War, 1939-1945

User Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

I Articles, 1928-1955
Scope and Content Note:

The Articles series includes published copies of Frances Smith Shine's history articles, drafts of articles, and correspondence concerning the publication and composition of the articles. Additionally, the series contains several bibliographic documents listing works published by Shine.

General, 1928-1939
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
General, 1949-1955
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Political, 1947, 1954
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
II Bluegrass, 1948-1950
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

The Bluegrass series consists of material relating to the topic of bluegrass and includes correspondence, notes, a bibliography, and a draft of an article More Light on the Bluegrass?. Much of the correspondence and other materials date from after the publication of her article and concern permissions for reprinting her essay.

III Bluegrass Craftsman: Being the Reminiscences of Ebenezer Hiram Stedman, 1947-1963
Scope and Content Note:

The series, Bluegrass Craftsman: Being the Reminiscences of Ebenezer Hiram Stedman, contains manuscripts, research files, and post publication files which document the research, writing, publication, and reception of the work written by Shine and Jacqueline Bull. The Manuscripts subseries includes a galley proof, a handwritten manuscript, a typewritten manuscript, the illustrations, the preface, footnotes, and the appendix. The Research Files subseries includes separate files for individual paper mills in Kentucky, research notes, correspondence concerning the book, and financial documents. The Post Publication Files subseries contains reviews, congratulatory letters, and University of Kentucky press material.

i Manuscripts, 1954-1959
Form of manuscript, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Illustration, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Illustrations and pictures, 1954-1955, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Galley, 1959
[Box: 2, Folder: 7-8, Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Manuscript of text (handwritten; incomplete), undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
Manuscript (typescript), undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 3-4]
Preface, footnotes, appendix (Major mss.), undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
S.I.M. Major manuscripts, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
ii Post publication files, 1959-1960
Congratulatory letters, 1959-1960
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
Reviews, 1959-1960
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
University of Kentucky press material, 1959-1960
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
iii Research files, 1947-1963
Correspondence, 1953-1959
[Box: 3, Folder: 10]
Cougler's Mill on Little Miami River (original Waldsmith), 1947 March
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Fayette Paper Manufacturing Co. (originally Bryan's Mill, Fayette Co.), 1951, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
Franklin County, Stedmanville Mill, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
General references, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
A History of Papermaking in Kentucky, article and correspondence, 1958-1959
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Isaac Yarnall's mill on Elkhorn, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
Lexington Manufacturing Co. Prentiss Mill, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
Louisville and Jefferson County mills, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
Matthew Lyon's mill on Cumberland River, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 9]
Marginalia, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 10]
Miscellaneous, 1959, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 11]
Poems, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 12]
Research grant fund material, 1954-1959
[Box: 4, Folder: 13]
Scott County, Craig and Parkers' mill; Johnson's mill, 1963, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 14]
Stedman Genealogy, undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 15]
IV Book reviews, 1960-1965
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

The Book reviews series contains copies of book reviews written by Shine.

V Correspondence, 1909-1968
Scope and Content Note:

The Correspondence series contains Frances Smith Shine's general correspondence. Letters from Kentucky politicians of the 1950s, including Alben Barkley, Earle Clements, John Sherman Cooper, and Thruston B. Morton, form a significant portion of the business correspondence. Many of the letters deal with politics, especially food relief for India and McCarthyism, however, a small portion of personal letters are included. These political letters also include letters sent to public figures by members of her family.

[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
VI Kentucky Library Association, 1948, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

The Kentucky Library Association series consists of a draft of Shine's article, The Past is Prelude, and the published version. The article appeared in the June 1948 edition of the Bulletin of the Kentucky Library Association.

VII Libraries, 1949-1965
Scope and Content Note:

The Libraries series consists of correspondence, writings, and publications, documenting Shine's career as a librarian and archivist. The series contains material relating to both foreign and general librarianship.

Foreign, 1956-1959
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
General, 1949-1965
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
VIII Rainfall Harvest: Gilbert Hinds King and the Lexington Hydraulic & Manufacturing Company, 1952-1966
Scope and Content Note:

The series, Rainfall Harvest: Gilbert Hinds King and the Lexington Hydraulic & Manufacturing Company, consists of manuscripts, research files, reviews, and congratulatory letters, documenting the creation of the book.

i Manuscripts, 1953
Galley, circa 1953
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
Printed copy, 1953
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
Printer's copy, circa 1953
[Box: 5, Folder: 9]
Typescript, circa 1953
[Box: 5, Folder: 10]
ii Research files, 1952-1954
Correspondence, 1952-1954
[Box: 5, Folder: 11]
Notes, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 12, Box: 6, Folder: 1-2]
iii Reviews and congratulatory letters, 1954-1956, 1966
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
IX Signal Depots - Holabird and Lexington, 1943-1944
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

The Signal Depots - Holabird and Lexington series consists of a letter, a bibliography, a poster, and a publication, documenting Shine's role in establishing the Technical Training Library at the Holabird Signal Depot in Lexington, Kentucky, during World War II.