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Otto Arthur Rothert letters, 1946

Part of Otto Arthur Rothert letters

73m25 Otto Arthur Rothert letters, 1946-1956 1M73M25 Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2011 October 27 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-07-30T09:46-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Otto Arthur Rothert letters 1M73M25 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.23 Cubic feet 1 box 1946-1956 Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956 Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection belong to the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Preferred Citation note 73M25: [Identification of item], Otto Arthur Rothert letters, 1946-1956, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note Otto Rothert, the youngest of five children born to German immigrant parents, graduated from Notre Dame University in 1892. After completing his education, he spent several years working odd jobs as he traveled around the West and Mexico writing a newspaper column and completing his book, History of Muhlenberg County (1913), which received much acclaim upon its publication. In 1917, Rothert was elected secretary of the Filson Club in Louisville, a nonsalary position that he held until his health forced him to retire in 1945. Uncle Otto, as he was affectionately known, became an institution at the Filson Club and was instrumental, along with R. C. Ballard Thruston and Ludie J. Kinkead, in bringing about its resurrection. Scope and Contents note The Otto Arthur Rothert letters consist of communications from Rothert to Holman Hamilton, and other friends, between 1946-1956. The correspondence pertains to personal matters; historical events; the works and lives of friends, such as Hambleton Tapp, J. Winston Coleman, and Thomas D. Clark; and the two Lexington, Kentucky, discussion clubs to which he belonged: Judge Samuel M. Wilson's Ye Cakes and Ale Club and the Book Thieves. The Filson Club is frequently mentioned. The collection also contains newspaper clippings; some are included in letters sent by Rothert, while others report on Rothert and his career, specifically his book History of Muhlenberg County. Arrangement note Collection is arranged chronologically. Book Thieves (Lexington, Ky.). Clark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005 Coleman, J. Winston, (John Winston), 1898-1983 Filson Club. Hamilton, Holman Tapp, Hambleton Thruston, R. C. Ballard University of Notre Dame. Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946 Ye Cakes and Ale Club (Lexington, Ky.). Articles Associations, institutions, etc. Authors--Correspondence. Historians--Correspondence. Historians. Horticulture. Kentucky--History. Lexington (Ky.) Photography. 1 1 1946-1951 1 2 1952-1956 Otto Arthur Rothert letters