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John Wilson Townsend papers, 1808-1915, 1908-1936

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Title

John Wilson Townsend papers, 1808-1915

Date

1908-1936

Repository

University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506

Arrangement

Organization is by accession number. Arrangement varies within accessions.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], John Wilson Townsend papers, 1908-1936, 1808-1915, 1M53M120, 1VF63M160, 1M73M3, 1F50M-55, AAP0387LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

1M53M120: 1 volume (42 leaves), 1M54M51: 1 volume, 1VF63M160: 28 pieces, 1M73M3: 200 leaves, 1F50M-55: 1 reel

Biography/History

Historian. John Wilson Townsend graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1906. Soon after he began writing books and articles about Kentucky history. His second wife was Grace Cole.

Scope and Content

These accessions contain the papers of Kentucky historian, John Wilson Townsend. Letters to his second wife, Grace Cole, were written before their marriage in 1915 (1VF63M160). A scrapbook contains clippings and memorabilia relating to William "King" Solomon, hero of the 1833 cholera epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky, and author James Lane Allen (1M54M51). There is a typescript by Townsend entitled "A forgotten Kentucky essayist: Ambrose Barbour, 1822-1852," (1M53M120), and a draft of an unpublished biography of Irvin S. Cobb (1M73M3). The microfilm (1F50M-55) is a copy of the scrapbook.

Subjects

  • Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925.
  • Barbour, Ambrose, 1822-1852.
  • Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944.
  • Solomon, William, 1775-1854.
  • Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968.
  • Historians.
  • Lexington (Ky.)--History.
  • Kentucky--History.
  • Scrapbooks