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Frances Jewell McVey papers, 1858-1953

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Finding aid prepared by Processed and finding aid prepared by Janice Childers under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist. Encoded by Deana Thomas.


Frances Jewell McVey papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by subject and format into nine series as follows: Correspondence; Manuscripts; Diaries, notebooks, address books; Organizations; General subject files; Frank LeRond McVey; Scrapbooks; Photographic materials; Educational institutions

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

0000ua003: [Item Number], Frances Jewell McVey papers, 1858-1953, University of Kentucky Special Collections


13.5 Cubic Feet

38 boxes, 3 wrapped packages


The Frances Jewell McVey papers (dated 1858-1953; 13.5 cubic feet; 38 boxes, 3 wrapped packages) include her personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts and research notes, diaries, address books, notebooks, documents, recipes, photographs, and scrapbooks. Also included are materials relating to Frank LeRond McVey, such as correspondence, speeches, notes, documents, and a scrapbook devoted to the memory of Frances Jewell McVey.


Frances Jewell McVey was born December 23, 1889, to Asa and Elizabeth Jewell in Harrison County, Kentucky. When she was a small child, the family (including brothers Robert and John) moved to Lexington, where Frances graduated from Sayre College before going to the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1913 and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1918. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Kentucky in 1940.

Frances Jewell McVey held several positions at the University of Kentucky, beginning as a professor in the English Department from 1915-1921, then as the Dean of Women from 1921-1923. In 1923, she married then President of UK, Frank LeRond McVey, and is perhaps best known for her role as the First Lady of Maxwell Place. The McVeys were the first President's family to reside in Maxwell Place and Frances Jewell McVey was widely praised for her graciousness as host of many teas and dinners. Her interest in, and recipes for, traditional Kentucky and Southern foods were well known and publicized, as was her knowledge of gardening.

McVey was active in many organizations, including the Southern Association of College Women (of which she served as chair in 1918), which worked with the U.S. Food Administration during WWI; the YWCA; the USO; the University of Kentucky Woman's Club; AAUW (American Association of University Women); the Garden Club, and the Vassar Club (she was an alumnae member of the Board of Trustees from 1933-1939). She was often asked to give speeches at club meetings, as well as county section meetings of the Kentucky Homemakers Association.

With a background in English literature, it is not surprising that Frances Jewell McVey was also a dedicated author. She wrote serial travel and history pieces, short fiction and essays, many of which were published in magazines of the time. She also published two books, The Literature of Shakerism and Uncle Will of Wildwood (co-authored with her brother, Robert). She also collected, edited and arranged the speeches of Frank LeRond McVey into University is a Place - a Spirit. Frances McVey was stepmother to Frank McVey's three children from his first marriage to Mabel McVey, Frank, Jr., Janet, and Virginia. She was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 1944 and went to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for emergency surgery. She never fully recovered, and died June 13, 1945. She was interred at Lexington Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The Frances Jewell McVey papers (dated 1858-1953; 13.5 cubic feet; 38 boxes, 3 wrapped packages) include her personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts and research notes, diaries, address books, notebooks, documents, recipes, photographs, and scrapbooks. Also included are materials relating to Frank LeRond McVey, such as correspondence, speeches, notes, documents, and a scrapbook devoted to the memory of Frances Jewell McVey.

These materials span most of the years of McVey's life, from 1898 to 1945, and document her childhood and adolescence in Lexington (Ky.); school experiences at the Baldwin School (Pa.), Vassar College (N.Y.) and Columbia University (N.Y.); her career as an English professor and Dean of Women at the University of Kentucky; her marriage to Frank McVey, including her role as the host of Maxwell Place (including extensive recipe files), vacations, joint projects, and family events; her involvement in clubs and organizations; and her extensive research and writing on a variety of topics. Correspondents include Thomas D. Clark, Sarah Bennet Holmes, Frank LeRond McVey, John Jacob Niles, Rena Niles, Eleanor Roosevelt, Katherine Pettit, and Governor A.B. Happy Chandler. Organizations represented in the collection include the International Relations Club at the University of Kentucky, the Lexington board of Education, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). There are also materials generated after her death which relate to Frances McVey, including correspondence and information about a portrait dedication. Also included are photographs dating from the 1920s-1930s of Pine Mountain Settlement School, the Frontier Nursing Service, and Mary Breckinridge, most likely generated during McVey's research on these topics.


  • American Association of University Women.
  • Baldwin School.
  • Columbia University.
  • Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.
  • Hindman Settlement School.
  • Maxwell Place (Lexington, Ky.).
  • Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.)
  • Sayre Female Institute (Lexington, Ky.).
  • University of Kentucky--Faculty.
  • University of Kentucky--Presidents.
  • University of Kentucky--Societies, etc..
  • Vassar College.
  • Young Women's Christian Association (Lexington, Ky.).
  • Photographs
  • Breckenridge, Mary, 1881-1965
  • Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991
  • Clark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005
  • McVey, Frances Jewell, 1889-1945
  • McVey, Frank LeRond, 1869-1953
  • Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980
  • Niles, Rena Lipetz
  • Pettit, Katherine Rebecca, 1869-1936
  • Roosevelt , Eleanor, 1884-1962
  • Cooking, American--Kentucky--Lexington
  • Cooking, American--Southern style
  • Deans of Women
  • Women authors, American--Kentucky--Lexington
  • Women college teachers
  • Women--Societies and clubs

User Restrictions

Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Related Material

Related Published Materials: McVey, Frances Jewell. Literature of Shakerism. New York: Columbia University, 1918.

McVey, Frances Jewell and Robert Berry Jewell. Uncle Will of Wildwood: nineteenth century life in the Bluegrass. Lexington (Ky.): University Press of Kentucky, 2005.

McVey, Frank LeRond. University is a place -- a spirit. Collected and arranged by Frances Jewell McVey. Lexington (Ky.): University Press of Kentucky, 1944.

Related Archival Materials: 2005MS47, Frontier Nursing Service collection, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

85M1, Frontier Nursing Service records, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

0000ua004, University of Kentucky. Office of the President Records: Frank LeRond McVey, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

1981ua001, The Lexington branch AAUW records, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

56M304, Garden Club of Kentucky records, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

2005ua001, Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

0000ua257, Dean of Women collection, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

2011ms063, Jewell family papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

FNS001, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History project, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Correspondence, 1898-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Comprises incoming and outgoing personal and professional correspondence. Materials are arranged by type of correspondence, subject, and sender. Where photographs are enclosed with correspondence, they have been noted and retained in the same folder.

Subseries A. Personal, 1898-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Represented within this subseries are letters from Frances’ school friends, parents, friends, stepchildren, husband, and relatives, particularly her aunt, Betty J. Dorman. Also of note are congratulatory letters on the Sullivan Award (Box 3, Folder 1), and a letter from Laura Clay (Box 3, Folder 3). Also present are copies of correspondence sent by Frances McVey. Folders are arranged chronologically.

[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Photos: Joe Hardman (2), Albert Hardman (1); enclosed with Hardman letter, circa 1930-1931
[Box: 1, Folder: 4, Item: 1-3]
1932-1933 June
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
1933 July-1934 April
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
1934 May-July
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
1934 August-December
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
1935 January-May
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
1935 June-December
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
[2 views of] School pavilion [sic] of Mary B. Clayes; enclosed with Mary B. Clayes letter, circa 1936-1937
[Box: 2, Folder: 5, Item: 1-2]
Anne Gould; enclosed in Mrs. Carl F. Gould letter, circa 1937
[Box: 2, Folder: 5, Item: 3]
Anne, John, Carl Jr. (Gould); enclosed in Mrs. Carl F. Gould letter, circa 1937
[Box: 4, Folder: 5, Item: 4]
[Box: 2, Folder: 6-7]
Scope and Content Note:

Represented within this file are letters to and from Frances, most of the letters sent by Frances are in regards to university related matters such as friends visiting the university/Lexington, events/engagements, and former students (i.e. letters of recommendation). Also in this file are guest lists (pertaining to different events that Frances' hosted) as well as professor list, Christmas card list, a few non-university related organization’s list (i.e. Kentucky Rural church Council list).

1938-1939 August
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
1939 September-1940 January
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
1940 February-April
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
1940 May-July
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
1940 August-December
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
Janice Lynn, Nov. 30, 1944; enclosed in Jennie Lynn card, 1944 November 30
[Box: 4, Folder: 3, Item: 1]
Patty [?] with man in uniform at German border; enclosed in 5/18/45 letter from Patty, 1945
[Box: 4, Folder: 3, Item: 2]
Patty [?] in uniform with gun; enclosed in 5/18/45 letter from Patty, 1944
[Box: 4, Folder: 3, Item: 3]
Patty [?] and man in uniform on broken Rhine bridge; enclosed in 5/18/45 letter from Patty, 1945
[Box: 4, Folder: 3, Item: 4]
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Subseries B. Professional, 1913-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Includes correspondence relating to writing research; Frances’ positions as English professor, Dean of Women, and first lady of Maxwell Place; and concerning events and reports of organizations with which she was involved. Many of the materials relate to university events, requests to address various groups, or her work with organizations and clubs. There is also a large group of letters concerning manuscript submissions--McVey kept both rejection and acceptance letters. People represented in this subseries include Katherine Pettit, Frank LeRond McVey, Thomas Clark, Sarah B. Holmes and Governor A.B. Happy Chandler. Folders are arranged chronologically, then by subject.

[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
1933-1934 May
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
1934 June-1935 March
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
1935 April-December
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
1936-1938 June
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
1938 July-1939 September
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
1939 October-1940 March
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
1940 April-December
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
WWI organizations, 1918 March-August 10
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
WWI organizations, 1918 August 12- November
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
Manuscript submissions, 1915-1920, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
Manuscript submissions, 1929-1943
[Box: 6, Folder: 8]
Manuscript submissions University is a Place – a Spirit, 1943-1945
[Box: 6, Folder: 9]
Subseries C. Other, 1925-1941
Scope and Content Note:

Included are letters from folksong-collector and writer, John Jacob Niles (early letters discuss his work with photographer Doris Ullman in Appalachia, and her death), and his wife Rena; letters concerning Eleanor Roosevelt’s visits to Maxwell Place in 1934 and 1938, including some letters written by Mrs. Roosevelt; correspondence relating to the modern Flat-top House the McVeys built after leaving Maxwell Place (including one from author Margaret Mitchell); a group of letters written to Elizabeth Jewell by Betty J. Dorman (Frances’ aunt); a group of correspondence concerning a Baldwin School alumnae reunion that McVey was involved in planning; and letters concerning the Jewell family genealogy.

From Betty J. Dorman to Elizabeth, 1930-1939, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
John Jacob and Rena Niles, circa 1934-1940
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
Eleanor Roosevelt's visits, 1934-1938
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
Flat-top House, 1940-1941
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
Baldwin School alumnae, 1933-1934
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
Jewell genealogy, circa 1925-1933
[Box: 7, Folder: 6]
Series II. Manuscripts, circa 1918-1940s
Scope and Content Note:

Comprises numerous handwritten manuscripts and typescripts, as well as notes made during writing. Although many of the manuscripts are undated, Frances Jewell McVey seems to have been writing and submitting material from an early age until the last year of her life. She wrote on a variety of topics, mostly non-fiction, including travel and leisure, history, culture, cooking, gardening, and women's issues. Materials are arranged topically, in original order where possible, and with dates noted when known.

Shakers, circa 1918
[Box: 7, Folder: 7-8]
Shakertown (Pleasant Hill, Ky.), circa 1934
[Box: 7, Folder: 9]
Shakers – notes and research, circa 1918-1934
[Box: 7, Folder: 10-11]
Kentucky mountains/Appalachia, circa 1934
[Box: 7, Folder: 12]
UK and Kentucky interest, undated
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
Women's and domestic interest, undated
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
Boating, circa 1932
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
Tours of Discovery series, circa 1940s
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
Leisure series, circa 1920s
[Box: 8, Folder: 5-7]
Gardening, undated
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
Food, undated
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
University is a Place – a Spirit, circa 1944
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
Miscellaneous, undated
[Box: 9, Folder: 4-7]
Miscellaneous notes, undated
[Box: 10, Folder: 1-5, Box: 9, Folder: 8]
Series III. Diaries, notebooks, address books, 1904-1944
Scope and Content Note:

Primarily comprises diaries (1900, 1914 and most years until 1944) and notebooks containing some research notes, plans for events, lists and general notes. Also included are address books, some of which also contain notes. All loose materials found inside books were left in original order. Materials have been arranged by form.

Diaries (2), 1904, 1914
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
Diaries (5), 1922-1926
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
Diaries (5), 1927-1929
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
Diary, 1930
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
Diaries (5), 1932-1939
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
Diaries (4), 1941-1942
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
Diaries (3), 1943-1944
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
Notebooks (6), undated
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
Notebooks (2), undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
Notebooks (3), undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
Notebook (1), undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 1]
Notebooks (6), undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 2]
Notebooks (12), undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 3]
Notebooks (13), undated
[Box: 14, Folder: 4]
Notebooks (2), undated
[Box: 15, Folder: 1]
Address books (3), undated
[Box: 15, Folder: 2]
Address books (3), undated
[Box: 15, Folder: 3]
Series IV. Organizations, circa 1915-1944
Scope and Content Note:

Comprises records and documents from Frances Jewell McVey's involvement in professional, charitable, and social organizations. These include University of Kentucky activities and events, Lexington Board of Education and Adult Education, Community Chest, YWCA, and several women's charity and social organizations. Materials are organized by topic and arranged chronologically therein.

Subseries A. University of Kentucky, circa 1915-1943
Scope and Content Note:

McVey was very involved with UK activities from 1915, when she began teaching in the English department, through her time as Dean of Women (1921-1923), until husband, Frank, retired as university President in 1939. During that time, and particularly as first lady of Maxwell Place, she was inextricably involved in student, faculty, and outreach affairs. Many of the materials in this subseries document the many teas, dinners and other social events hosted at Maxwell Place. Lists of student organizations that were most likely used for tracking and planning student events are also included. Additionally, materials concerning the International Relations Club--a campus organization whose mission was to encourage education and understanding of other cultures--are contained within this subseries.

Subseries i. English department, circa 1915-1920
[Box: 15, Folder: 4]
Subseries ii. Dean of Women, circa 1921-1923
[Box: 15, Folder: 5]
Subseries iii. Maxwell Place events, 1927-1943
[Box: 15, Folder: 6]
[Box: 16, Folder: 1]
[Box: 16, Folder: 2]
[Box: 16, Folder: 3]
1939 January-June
[Box: 16, Folder: 4]
1939 July-December
[Box: 16, Folder: 5]
[Box: 16, Folder: 6]
Senior Breakfasts and Alumni Teas, 1933-1939
[Box: 16, Folder: 7]
Summer School events, 1930-1939
[Box: 17, Folder: 1]
[Box: 17, Folder: 2-3]
Subseries iv. Student organizations, 1934-1939
[Box: 17, Folder: 4]
[Box: 17, Folder: 5]
[Box: 17, Folder: 5]
Subseries v. Women's fraternities, undated
[Box: 17, Folder: 7]
Subseries vi. International Relations Club, 1927-1942
[Box: 18, Folder: 1]
[Box: 18, Folder: 2]
[Box: 18, Folder: 2]
[Box: 18, Folder: 4]
[Box: 18, Folder: 5]
[Box: 18, Folder: 6]
Subseries B. Education, 1921-1939
Scope and Content Note:

Materials include education-related organizations outside of UK. Included are minutes, reports, bulletins, and programs.

Subseries i. Lexington Board of Education, 1929-1939
[Box: 18, Folder: 7]
[Box: 19, Folder: 1]
[Box: 19, Folder: 2]
[Box: 19, Folder: 3]
Subseries ii. Adult Education, 1921-1934
[Box: 19, Folder: 4]
[Box: 19, Folder: 5]
Subseries iii. Education Association, 1930-1938
[Box: 20, Folder: 1]
Subseries C. Local/Civic, 1927-1942
Scope and Content Note:

McVey was involved in several local and civic organizations including the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), Community Chest and Cancer Control. Included are minutes, reports, bulletins and programs.

Subseries i. Community Chest, 1938-1940
[Box: 20, Folder: 2]
Subseries ii. YWCA, 1927-1939
[Box: 20, Folder: 3]
[Box: 20, Folder: 4]
[Box: 20, Folder: 5]
[Box: 21, Folder: 1, Box: 21, Folder: 2]
1936-1939, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 3]
Subseries iii. Cancer Control, 1941-1942
[Box: 21, Folder: 4]
Subseries D. Wartime organizations, circa 1917-1946
Scope and Content Note:

Frances Jewell McVey was involved in wartime efforts in both World War I and World War II. Materials reflect her work in the Southern Association of College Women (of which she served as Kentucky chairman in 1918), the USO, the Stopover Station and Civic Defense. Included are flyers, newsletters and bulletins, minutes, notes, reports and pamphlets.

WWI, circa 1917-1918
[Box: 21, Folder: 5]
WWII, circa 1942-1946
[Box: 21, Folder: 6-8]
Subseries E. Women's organizations, circa 1934-1944
Scope and Content Note:

McVey was a member of the AAUW (American Association of University Women), and was also actively involved in the Women’s Auxiliary, Kentucky Homemakers, the Woman’s Club and the Garden Club. Materials include yearbooks, programs, speech notes, lists, pamphlets, reports and minutes.

Subseries i. AAUW, 1935-1939
[Box: 22, Folder: 1]
[Box: 22, Folder: 2]
Subseries ii. Women's Auxiliary, 1st Presbyterian Church, 1941
[Box: 22, Folder: 3]
Subseries iii. Various women's organizations: Home Ec. Club, Woman’s Club, Homemakers, Garden Club, circa 1934-1944
[Box: 22, Folder: 4]
Series V. General subject files, circa 1915-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Comprises small groups of materials on subjects of interest to Frances Jewell McVey including recipes, publicity, programs, and printed materials. The files are arranged by subject and chronologically where possible.

Subseries A. Recipes and menus, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Frances McVey created and collected recipes and menus for the very practical purpose of planning events at Maxwell Place, as well as for articles she wrote about local food. The recipes largely fall into the Southern cooking category, particularly ones she collected or adapted for use in manuscripts on the subject (Of Sandwiches I Sing, What Dessert Shall We Have for Dinner?, Breads Today in Southern Kitchens, The Pride of Kentucky Food, etc.) There are also classic early 20th-century recipes for spreads, salads and hors d’oeuvres popular for entertaining, as well as practical World War II-era recipes which take rationing into account. Recipes are both in book form and loose.

Recipes, loose, undated
[Box: 22, Folder: 5]
Recipes and menus, book with loose recipes, undated
[Box: 22, Folder: 6]
Recipes, book with loose recipes tucked inside it, undated
[Box: 22, Folder: 7]
Recipes, book, undated
[Box: 23, Folder: 1]
Subseries B. Programs, 1915-1943
Scope and Content Note:

As former Dean of Women, the UK President’s wife, and an active member of many clubs and organizations herself, Frances Jewell McVey was often asked to be a speaker at various functions. These programs reflect area events at which she spoke or attended, and include materials from UK, Kentucky Homemakers Association, various educational institutions and organizations, regional high schools and colleges, and special interest groups. Programs are arranged by type, and chronologically therein.

Banquets, circa 1924-1938
[Box: 23, Folder: 2]
Commencement, circa 1924-1938
[Box: 23, Folder: 3]
Miscellaneous, circa 1915-1943
[Box: 23, Folder: 4]
Subseries C. Publicity, circa 1942-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Materials include clippings of newspaper articles on both Frances and Frank McVey, from front-page stories to mentions of entertainment at Maxwell Place; articles about organizations that Frances McVey was involved in; and University of Kentucky events and people. Many of the clippings do not include the date published, so materials have been arranged solely by subject.

Frances and Frank McVey articles, undated
[Box: 23, Folder: 5-6]
Organizations (including UK) – events and people, undated
[Box: 23, Folder: 7]
Organizations involved in war effort, WWII, circa 1942-1945
[Box: 24, Folder: 1]
Miscellaneous clippings, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 2]
Subseries D. Printed materials and documents, circa 1918-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Materials include publications from local businesses and organizations, tourist brochures and informational pamphlets from regional sites, World War II publications on civil defense, and local theater and organization membership cards. Arranged by subject.

Local printed materials, circa 1918-1945
[Box: 24, Folder: 3]
WWII printed materials, circa 1942-1945
[Box: 24, Folder: 4]
Miscellaneous printed materials and documents, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 5]
A. & M. College, transcripts from Lexington Daily, 1879-1892
[Box: 24, Folder: 5A]
A. & M. College, transcripts from the Daily Leader and the Kentucky Leader, 1888-1900
[Box: 24, Folder: 5B]
Series VI. Frank LeRond McVey, 1894-1953
Scope and Content Note:

Primarily comprises personal and business correspondence. Other materials in the series include speeches and manuscripts, publicity materials and clippings, artwork, programs and photographs. The materials are arranged by subject and chronologically therein.

Subseries A. Correspondence, 1894-1953
Scope and Content Note:

Correspondence ranges from Frank McVey’s involvement with the Reform Club Sound Currency Committee, to his work as Director of Exhibits at the Twin City Exhibit in St. Louis (1904), and letters relating to job searches and offers of employment, including his position at UK. Much of the correspondence was generated while McVey was married to first wife, Mabel, and included is also a collection of letters written to Mabel by their children. Other materials include personal and professional correspondence, a group of letters relating to a book co-authored with Raymond Hughes in 1952, and letters addressed to or written by Harry Colpus (who apparently claimed to be the illegitimate son of King Edward VII of England), the significance of which is unknown.

Reform Club Sound Currency Committee, 1894-1895
[Box: 24, Folder: 6]
[Box: 24, Folder: 7]
[Box: 24, Folder: 8]
[Box: 25, Folder: 1]
[Box: 25, Folder: 2]
[Box: 25, Folder: 3]
[Box: 25, Folder: 4]
Twin City Exhibit, St. Louis, 1904
[Box: 25, Folder: 5-6]
[Box: 25, Folder: 7]
[Box: 25, Folder: 8]
Problems of College and University Administration (book), 1952
[Box: 25, Folder: 9]
[Box: 25, Folder: 10]
From McVey children to Mabel McVey, circa 1901-1922
[Box: 25, Folder: 11]
Harry Colpus, 1913-1925
[Box: 25, Folder: 12]
Subseries B. Other, circa 1898-1946
Scope and Content Note:

Materials include speeches, manuscripts and notes, memorandums delivered as President of University of Kentucky, McVey’s Ohio Wesleyan transcript, a curriculum vitae, clippings, publicity materials, programs from events at which Frank McVey spoke, and materials commemorating Frances McVey after her death.

Speeches and manuscripts, circa 1898-1945
[Box: 26, Folder: 1]
Watercolors and sketches, undated
[Box: 26, Folder: 2]
Documents: UK memorandums, transcript and curriculum vitae, undated
[Box: 26, Folder: 3]
Publicity: printed and graphic material, undated
[Box: 26, Folder: 4]
Publicity: clippings, circa 1923-1943
[Box: 26, Folder: 5-7]
Programs, 1926-1942
[Box: 26, Folder: 8]
Memorials for Frances McVey, 1946
[Box: 26, Folder: 9]
Photographed document to King Albert and Queen Elizabeth, signed by McVey, undated
[Box: 26, Folder: 10]
Subseries C. Photographic Material, circa 1917-1938
Scope and Content Note:

The six photographs in this subseries include portraits of Frank McVey, group photographs with the Book Thieves Club, and a portrait assumed to be Frank McVey, Jr.

Book Thieves Club, Lexington, Ky. Left to right: Major S.W. Wilson, Dr. Claude Frapp, Dr. J.S. Chambers, Winston Coleman, Frank L. McVey, Wm. H. Townsend, Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Chas R. Staples, 1938 September 17
[Box: 30, Item: 18]
Frank L. McVey portrait, undated
[Box: 30, Item: 19]
Book Thieves at L[?] – Left to right: C.R. Staples, F.L. [Frank] McVey, Winston Coleman, W. H. Townsend, Dr. J.S. Chambers, Dr. Louis Mulligan, Lexington Judge Wilson, house, 1935 April 20
[Box: 31, Item: 29]
Frank McVey portrait, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 44]
Frank McVey portrait, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 45]
Possibly Frank McVey, Jr., portrait, 1917
[Box: 31, Item: 46]
Series VII. Scrapbooks, 1858-1948
Scope and Content Note:

Comprises several scrapbooks kept by McVey containing memorabilia, notes, letters, dance cards, photographs and clippings. The earliest (1906-1908) commemorates her Sayre Female Institute experiences in Lexington. The 1858-1909 (predominant, 1908-1909) scrapbook, contains materials from her time as a student at the Baldwin School, and also includes some pages at the back with family memorabilia, such as invitations from her parents' and grandparents' weddings. Two scrapbooks document vacations, while two others contain materials relating to the International Relations Club at UK, one of which is partially arranged, the other of which contains materials that were collected, but never arranged. Lastly, there is a memorial scrapbook in Frances McVey's honor, presented to Frank McVey in 1948 by Jacqueline Bull and Frances Smith Dugan.

Materials for International Relations Club scrapbook, not arranged, circa 1929-1935
[Box: 26, Folder: 11]
International Relations Club scrapbook, partially arranged, circa 1929-1935
[Item: 1]
Vacation scrapbook, circa 1934-1935
[Item: 2-3]
Sayre scrapbook, 1906-1908
[Box: 27, Folder: 1]
Baldwin School scrapbook, 1858-1909
[Box: 28, Folder: 1]
Picnic at Elk Lick (2 images), undated
[Box: 28, Folder: 1, Item: 1]
Country life in Kentucky: Pleasant View; The Scales; John McClure's house; In Will Stoll's automobile; High Bridge (6 images), undated
[Box: 28, Folder: 1, Item: 2]
The ideal hostess of the house beautiful? Julie Logan and Bob Jewell; Elizabeth Malloy; Frances Jewell (4 images), undated
[Box: 28, Folder: 1, Item: 3]
Farewell Station at Wilmore; Q&C Station at Lexington; Lillian's beau (4 images), undated
[Box: 28, Folder: 1, Item: 4]
Town and Country Q&C Station at Lexington (3 images), undated
[Box: 28, Folder: 1, Item: 5]
Memorial scrapbook, 1948
[Box: 29]
Series VIII. Photographic materials, circa 1890s-1945
Scope and Content Note:

Primarily comprises photographs that depict scenes in Appalachia, most likely generated during Frances Jewell McVey’s research on Katherine Pettit and the Pine Mountain and Hindman Settlement Schools, and on the Frontier Nursing Service. Also included are snapshots and negatives, mostly of unidentified figures. Materials are arranged by size and therein by subject.

Rebel Rock on trail across Pine Mountain – Man with surveying equipment on rock, undated
[Box: 30, Item: 1]
Nearest neighbor to Pine Mountain Settlement School - woman feeding ewes and ram, undated
[Box: 30, Item: 2]
Limestone and log building [Pine Mountain or Hindman Settlement School?], undated
[Box: 30, Item: 3]
Mary Breckinridge portrait, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 4]
Family being interviewed by Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) nurse on front porch of clinic, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 5]
First Aid in the Ky. Mountains —woman applying first aid to man on steep mountainside, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 6]
A nursing visit – nurse with 2 boys and 1 girl on porch of un-chinked log cabin, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 7]
Ready to start for the clinic – woman with 4 children on horseback, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 8]
Frontier Nursing Service Hospital at Hyden, Ky, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 9]
FNS nurses fording Ky. river, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 10]
Mary Breckinridge and her staff of midwife nurses [on horseback], circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 11]
FNS nurse, baby, and granny by picket fence, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 12]
Some Frontier Nursing Service product – 3 children standing on porch rail of log cabin, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 13]
Mary Breckinridge, volunteer director of FNS, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 14]
Two FNS nurses with crippled child, Hyden, Ky., circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 15]
Mary C. Breckinridge [on horseback], Frontier Nursing Service. White-out applied as frame [for publication?], circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 16]
Babies Row, Emergency Hospital, Hyden [Ky.], Frontier Nursing Service, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 30, Item: 17]
Woman on porch in winter, circa 1890s-1910s
[Box: 31, Item: 1]
Hermanos Kerdel Vegas [Kerdel Vegas siblings], circa 1942-1945
[Box: 31, Item: 2]
Lillian and Beatriz Kerdel, circa 1942-1945
[Box: 31, Item: 3]
Para mi querida Señora McVey, Lillian Kerdel, Lillian and Beatriz Kerdel, circa 1943-1945
[Box: 31, Item: 4]
Jerold D. Talbot, circa 1920s-1930s
[Box: 31, Item: 5]
T.S.S. Saturnia Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, man with basin, 1910 July 4
[Box: 31, Item: 6]
At the Roman catacombs, 4 women, 1 man. From 1910 journal. [Top of photo torn off], 1910
[Box: 31, Item: 8]
Man and woman in yard, 1942
[Box: 31, Item: 9]
Why so pale and wan?, cut-out photo of man in American WWI uniform, circa 1918
[Box: 31, Item: 10]
U.K. buildings (10), undated
[Box: 31, Item: 11-20]
Woman outside building (negative), circa 1910s-1920s
[Box: 31, Item: 21]
Woman looking out door (negative), circa 1910s-1920s
[Box: 31, Item: 22]
5 women outside building (negative), circa 1910s-1920s
[Box: 31, Item: 23]
4 women outside building (negative), circa 1910s-1920s
[Box: 31, Item: 24]
Aunt N[?], Taken on Gulf of Mexico, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 25]
October bride. Mrs. Leo Pan[?], Mary Settle, 1917
[Box: 31, Item: 26]
Antique table, Pine Mountain, 1931, 1931
[Box: 31, Item: 27]
The Chapel, Pine Mt. Settlement School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 28]
Erica Thorpe, Visiting our neighbors – 2 women on horseback in mountains, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 30]
Fair Day, woman with baskets and woven goods, Pine Mountain, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 31]
Boys of the Pine Mt. School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 32]
Spinning and weaving, Pine Mountain, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 33]
Neighbor fetchin in the baskets, Pine Mountain, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 34]
Boy Scouts putting window in neighbor’s house, Pine Mountain Settlement School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 35]
Playground, [Pine Mt.?], undated
[Box: 31, Item: 36]
Industrial Building – Fireside Industries, Pine Mountain Settlement School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 37]
Miss [Katherine] Pettit's living room at Pine Mt. School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 38]
Trillium Rock near Pine Mt. Settlement School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 39]
Uncle William and Aunt Sal's house, Pine Mountain Settlement School, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 40]
Hildreth Méière, 1914, portrait, 1914
[Box: 31, Item: 41]
Autumn, corn shocks and hillside, undated
[Box: 31, Item: 42]
Young man and woman laughing, 1910 June
[Box: 31, Item: 43]
Series IX. Educational institutions, 1907-1942
Scope and Content Note:

Includes notes and notebooks from classes taken while at The Baldwin School, Vassar College and Columbia University. Also included are general papers from Vassar College dating from McVey's service as alumnae member of the Board of Trustees (1933-1939), including meeting minutes, bulletins and financial reports. This series also includes yearbooks from Baldwin School and Vassar. Arranged by educational institution and therein by subject.

Subseries A. Baldwin School, 1907-1933
Baldwin School, circa 1928-1933
[Box: 32, Folder: 1]
The Baldwin Annual, 1907-1908
[Box: 38, Volume: 1]
The Baldwin Annual, 1908-1909
[Box: 38, Volume: 2]
The Baldwin School yearbook, 1909-1910
[Box: 38, Volume: 3]
Subseries B. Vasser, 1909-1942
Subseries i. Theme papers, 1909-1913
[Box: 32, Folder: 2-5]
Subseries ii. General papers, 1923-1942
[Box: 32, Folder: 6]
[Box: 33, Folder: 1]
[Box: 33, Folder: 2]
[Box: 33, Folder: 3-4]
[Box: 33, Folder: 5-6]
[Box: 32, Folder: 7]
[Box: 34, Folder: 1-2]
[Box: 34, Folder: 3-5]
[Box: 35, Folder: 1, Box: 34, Folder: 6]
[Box: 35, Folder: 2]
[Box: 35, Folder: 3]
Diploma, 1913 June
[Box: 39, Folder: 1, Item: 1]
Subseries iii. 75th anniversary papers, undated
[Box: 35, Folder: 4]
Subseries iv. Bound reports, 1935-1940
[Box: 35, Folder: 5]
[Box: 35, Folder: 6]
[Box: 35, Folder: 7]
Subseries v. 42 notebooks, circa 1909-1913
[Box: 37]
Subseries vi. Vassarion yearbook, 1919
[Box: 38, Volume: 4]
Subseries vii. Vassar and Columbia University: notebooks (3), circa 1911-1918
[Box: 36, Folder: 1]
Subseries C. Columbia University, circa 1917-1921
Columbia University notebooks: (3), circa 1917-1918
[Box: 36, Folder: 2]
Medival Literature lecture notes, circa 1917-1918
[Box: 36, Folder: 3]
American Literature lecture notes, circa 1917-1918
[Box: 36, Folder: 4]
Drama to 1642 lecture notes, circa 1917-1918
[Box: 36, Folder: 5]
Miscellaneous, english literature lecture notes, circa 1917-1918
[Box: 36, Folder: 6]
Columbia University: Summer school; lecture notes; examinations, circa 1917-1921
[Box: 36, Folder: 7]
Diploma, 1918 June 5
[Box: 39, Folder: 1, Item: 2]