69m44Spurr, Richard Alexander papersGuide to the Richard Alexander Spurr papers, 1844-1961, bulk 1878-1899 69m44Megan MummeyUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2018 March 13Special Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-13 15:31:23 -0400.Description is in English.Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Richard Alexander Spurr papers
1.3 Cubic Feet
4 boxes, 1 folder
The Richard Alexander Spurr papers (dated 1844-1961, bulk 1878-1899; 1.3 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence, financial records, genealogical sketches, autograph albums, photographs, and a recipe book documenting Spurr's career and family life.
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Richard Alexander Spurr (1836-1898) was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, and attended Bethany College in Virginia (now West Virginia) and graduated in 1858. During the Civil war, Spurr fought for the Confederacy for three years under General John Hunt Morgan. After the war, Spurr returned to his farm in Fayette County, Kentucky. He was subsequently elected for two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives (1875-1878) and also served in the State Senate (1881-1885). He married Ruth Wiermann Sheffer (1843-1928) and their children included: Julia Patton Hughes Spurr (1867-1957); Alexander Spurr (1871); Laura Spurr (1877-unknown); and Richard Hughes Spurr, who also went by Hughes Spurr (1881-1936).
69m44: [identification of item], Richard Alexander Spurr papers, 1844-1961, bulk 1878-1899, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
2012ms721, Spurr family papers, 1839-1916, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Scope and Contents
The Richard Alexander Spurr papers (dated 1844-1961, bulk 1878-1899; 1.3 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence, financial records, genealogical sketches, autograph albums, photographs, and a recipe book documenting Spurr's career and family life. The majority of the papers comprise family correspondence between Richard A. Spurr and his brother Marcus A. of Nashville, Tennessee; Spurr's wife Ruth Sheffer Spurr; and their children: Julia Hughes, Laura Sheffer, and Richard Hughes. Also included is correspondence to Laura's husband, Carl Welsh, of Lexington, Ky. The correspondence does include letters relating to Kentucky politics, including one from William Harrison Polk. The collection contains a circular letter concerning politics issued by the Louisville Journal; a report from James K. Patterson to Richard A. Spurr concerning the income of the A & M College (now University of Kentucky); and remarks made to the Kentucky General Assembly concerning African-American deaf mutes. The collection includes two autograph albums relating to Bethany College; a handwritten recipe book that includes home remedies for illnesses; and materials relating to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The photographs depict various members of the Spurr family, including Richard Alexander Spurr, Ruth Sheffer Spurr, Julia Hughes Spurr, Laura Spurr Welsh, and Richard Hughes Spurr. Many photographs show Laura Spurr Welsh in Native American dress. The collection does not include any materials relating to Richard A. Spurr's activities during the Civil War or John Hunt Morgan.
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The physical rights to the materials in the collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Kentucky -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Legislators -- Correspondence.
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky
Bethany College (Bethany, W. Va.)
Spurr, Julia Patton Hughes, 1867-1957
Spurr, Richard Alexander, 1835-1898
Spurr, Hughes (Richard Hughes), 1881-1936
Spurr, Ruth Sheffer, 1843-1928
Patterson, James K. (James Kennedy), 1833-1922
Polk, William Harrison, b. 1843.
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Lexington Chapter (Ky.)
Welsh, Laura Sheffer Spurr, b. 1877
Family correspondenceSeries II.1856-1961, undated1856-1872111876-1879121881-1884131885-1889141891-1894151895161896-1899171900-1910181915-1919191929-1961110Undated111Financial documentsSeries II.1844-1953Receipts and business documents1844-192021James Patterson report of income for A&M college (University of Kentucky)circa 187922Daybook1916-192023Ruth Spurr cashed checks191924Julia Spurr tax receipts1940-195325AssortedSeries III.1857-1942, undatedRichard A. Spurr Bethany College diplomas1857-1858OS-151Richard A. Spurr Bethany College autograph album185826Levi P. Spurr Bethany College autograph album185927An Act to amend Acto to Charter the American Short Horn Record Association1880 January 528Newspaper clipping regarding construction of the Fayette County courthouse1883 February 229Spurr and McEwan genealogical information1894-1931210Roll of Lexington Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy1895211Children of the Confederacy certificates and applications1914-1942212Calling cardsundated213Dudley's remarks to the Kentucky Senate regarding African-American Deaf Mutesundated214Richard A. Spurr broadside Sheep to be soldundated215Recipe bookundated216PhotographsSeries IV.1864-1927, undatedWilliam Chandler Prewitt, grandfather of Richard Alexander Spurr, photographic reproduction of a painted portraitundated41Margaret Montgomery Edmonson Prewitt, grandmother of Richard Alexander Spurr, photographic reproduction of a painted portraitundated42Vaul Allen Prewitt, great-uncle of Richard Alexander Spurr, photographic reproduction of a painted portraitundated43Henry Hamblin Prewitt, great-uncle of Richard Alexander Spurr, photographic reproduction of a painted portrait.undated44Mary Prewitt Cavins, great-aunt of Richard Alexander Spurr, photographic reproduction of a painted portraitundated45Mary Anne Spurrundated36Picture to Julia from Papa from Richard Alexander Spurr187737Richard Spurr at 29 years of age standing next to brother Marcus Antoniuscirca 186438Richard Spurr at 29 years of age sitting with brother Marcus Antoniuscirca 186439Richard Spurr and second wife Julia M. Hughes, notation Papa and Jellyundated410Richard Spurr's gravesite, notation darling husband's graveafter 1898311Richard Hughes Spurr, Laura, and Julia standing with Julia M. Hughes Spurr seated, copyundated312-13Laura, Richard Hughes, and Julia Spurr at Leaflandundated314Laura Sheffer Spurr at 5 years oldcirca 1877415Laura Sheffer Spurr as a young womanundated416Laura Sheffer Spurr looking into a hand-held mirrorundated417Laura Sheffer Spurrundated318Laura Sheffer Spurr wearing a large hat, standing next to ornate chairundated319Laura Sheffer Spurr sitting with a man, possibly Richard Hughes, notation Laura S as the Indian squawundated420Laura Sheffer Spurr sitting, notation Laura S as the Indian squawundated421Laura Sheffer Spurr in Native American clothingundated322Laura Sheffer Spurr sitting in barn entry, dead bear hanging from doorwayundated323Laura Sheffer Spurr posing in all white with backdropundated324Laura Sheffer Spurr holding two dead swansundated425Laura Sheffer Spurr posing in fringed Indian attire in front of backdropundated426Doctors and lawyers of Lexington, sesquicentennial, May 3 - June 6, 1927, all in Native American dress, Laura Sheffer Spurr on far right1927 June 6427-28Scope and ContentsPhotograph torn in half.Laura Spurr Welch, standing in front of houseundated329Jessie Thompson, one of my best girl friendsundated430Group photograph with notation Caught in the Act, Julia Hughes seated in center, Julia Spurr on far right with man holding her hand, Laura Spurr sitting on bottom leftundated331Group photograph - Julia Hughes seated fourth from left, Julia Spurr center front, Laura Spurr possibly in back talking to man. African-American musicians picturedundated332Photographic postcard, names written on each man1906 September 11333Scope and ContentsHalloway Captain, The Major, the Dean (captain), Daugherty captain, Mayor Foley, The Little Lieut.. Includes notation The Hospital Staff with the Dean and the Foley JBMPhotograph of Joel T. Hart's Woman Triumphant sculpture, which was destroyed in the Fayette County courthouse fire of 1897before 1897334Main Street Lexingtonundated435Thirteen men in suits and hats sitting on and standing in front of a rock formationundated436Photograph of officers and members of the Senate of Kentucky, session of 1883-1884, man number 35 is Richard Alexander Spurrcirca 1883-1884437
Richard Alexander Spurr papers