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Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection, 1942

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Title

Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection

Date

1942

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Lexington, Kentucky 40506

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection, PA51W13, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

.25 cu.ft. (1 box):13 images

Biography/History

Judge Samuel Mackay Wilson (1871-1946) was a Lexington attorney and author, noted for his meticulous scholarship and precise writing style. He was also a collector of books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. Wilson's main area of interest was early Kentucky history.

Wilson's most famous case was his defense of Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers. Powers was charged in connection with the assassination of Kentucky Governor William Goebel in 1899. After serving as a judge-advocate during World War I, Wilson returned to Kentucky, where he established a successful law practice.

Judge Wilson served on numerous civic commissions, where he was active in historical preservation. Wilson played an important role in the preservation of the Henry Clay Estate, Blue Licks Battlefield, and Fort Boonesboro.

Wilson organized the Cakes and Ale Club, an annual gathering of Lexingtonians interested in book collecting. He was also a member of the Book Thieves, an organization of local historians and educators who were influential in the creation and development of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky.

After Wilson's death in 1946, his extensive collection of books, photographs, and personal papers were donated to the University of Kentucky. The Wilson Collection is the foundation on which Special Collections and Archives has been built. Following Mrs. Wilson's death in 1959, the items which she had retained were added to the collection.

Scope and Content

The Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection, 1942 consists of thirteen black and white silver prints of events celebrating the Kentucky Sesquicentennial.

Subjects

  • Sesquicentennial Celebration (1942: Lexington, Ky.)
  • Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

Related Material

Bull, Jacqueline. . Perry Publishing Co.: Frankfort, KY.

Clark, Thomas D. "The Book Thieves of Lexington: A Reminiscence" . v.2 (Winter 1984): 27-45.

, PA50W2, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, PA51W13, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, 51W20, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, M51W54, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, 61W12, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, PA62W8, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, PA73W4, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

, M51W19, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Collection Inventory

Event
Line of women moving from fort replica to a wood pile, carrying buckets, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 1] browse
Oversized
A re-enactment with people in costume on stage, backdrop of a building, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 2] browse
Portrait
"Lexington, KY; June 4, 1942" Women in front of Lexington Courthouse with monument that reads "1792-1942: In Commemoration of the Birth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on June 1, 1792", 6/4/1942
[box: 1, item: 3] browse
Reception; group of men and women around a serving table, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 4] browse
Group of men and women, one man is signing a book, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 5] browse
"Taken June 4, 1942; by Dr. Louis H. Mulligan." A man at a podium surrounded by men and women, two uniformed men saluting, 6/4/1942
[box: 1, item: 6] browse
Two men in top hats and tails; other people, chairs, podium, and American flag in view, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 7] browse
Four men and two women sitting in hotel lobby with refreshments, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 8] browse
Three men and two women standing in a hotel lobby, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 9] browse
Man at podium (pulpit?) speaking to an audience, some in costume, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 10] browse
Four men and two women looking over a fence at horses in a pasture, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 11] browse
Group of five men and two women at a train station standing in front of a train (Point Orient), [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 12] browse
Three men and two women conversing in front of a cabinet filled with prize ribbons and badges, [n.d.]
[box: 1, item: 13] browse