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Lucien Beckner papers, 1813

Part of Lucien Beckner papers

72M1 Lucien Beckner papers, 1813-1953 72M1 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 December 8 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-07-30T13:44-0400 Description is in English Describing Archives: A Content Standard Lucien Beckner papers 72M1 University of Kentucky Special Collections 1.2 Cubic feet 2 boxes, 1 item 1813-1953 Housed with multiple collections. Preferred Citation note 72M1: [identification of item], Lucien Beckner papers, 1813-1953, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Scope and Contents note The Lucien Beckner papers comprise business letters for the Beckner & Beckner law firm established by Lucien and his father, Judge W. M. Beckner, as well as personal family correspondence. Also included are member listings for the Burley Tobacco Society and the American Society of Equity Tobacco, a scrapbook for the Tobacco Grower's Association, and a report on the Burley Tobacco Society's status of relation to the American Society of Equity. Finally, the collection contains historical photographs of Kentucky, specifically of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's visit in 1937. Biographical note Lucien Beckner, geologist and longtime curator of the Louisville Free Public Library Museum, was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1872 to William Morgan and Elizabeth Taliaferro Beckner. He earned his education from multiple institutions, such as the Louisville Military Academy, Centre College, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1894, Beckner married Marie Daviess Warren of Danville, Kentucky. Throughout his lifetime, he dabbled in a wide range of career paths, including lawyer, engineer, secretary, naturalist, auditor, historian, poet, artist, teacher, journalist, and mathematician. At one point, Beckner owned and edited the Winchester Sun and Clark County Republican newspapers, assisted in establishing the Lexington and Eastern branch of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and helped build a railroad in Ecuador. He actively participated in various organizations, serving as executive secretary of the Burley Tobacco Society and the Burley Tobacco Growers Association, as secretary of the Filson Club, as an officer of the Kentucky Historical Society, and as president of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Beckner died in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1963. Arrangement note Collection is arranged by subject. Beckner, Lucien, 1872-1970 Beckner, William Morgan, b. 1841 Kittrell, James B., Mrs. Lawyers--Correspondence. Lawyers--Kentucky. Letters. Tobacco farmers. Tobacco--Kentucky. General 1936, 1947 Scope and Contents note The General series contains photographs of various historic places and events in Kentucky, as well as information about Abraham Lincoln. Noteworthy items include photographs of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to Mt. Sterling and Liberty, Kentucky. Lincoln 2 8 undated Maps and poster 6 2 undated Photographs and negative 2 9 1936 Poet Lore 1 7 1947 Letters 1813-1953 Scope and Contents note The Letters series contains business and personal letters for the Beckner family. Many of the documents refer to court cases and land disputes involving the Beckner family, such as the Goff and William case. Copies of wills and land transferences are also noteworthy. 1 1 1813-1899 Photocopies of letters 1 2 undated 1 3 1900 January 24 - 1906 November 12 1 4 1907 January 1 - December 27 1 5 1908 Janurary 1 - 1910 July 26 1 6 1911-1953 Letters, will book, journal 2 2 undated Tobacco Societies 1908-1952 Scope and Contents note The Tobacco Societies series consists of information about the Burley Tobacco Society and the American Society of Equity, including a lists of members, publications produced by the societies, and a scrapbook. Ledger 2 1 1909 September - 1910 June Tobacco association clippings 2 3 1908-1952 Tobacco Society publications 2 4 1909 Burley Tobacco Society members 2 5-7 1910 Tobacco Grower's Association scrapbook 1 1909-1925 Lucien Beckner papers