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

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John Wilson Townsend papers, 1808-1915




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


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.


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


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by Townsend entitled "A forgotten Kentucky essayist: Ambrose Barbour, 1822-1852," (1M53M120), and a draft of an unpublished biography of Irvin S. Cobb (1M73M3).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.


  • 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

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.