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Frank Selby Hurst papers and photographs, circa 1900-1976

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Frank Selby Hurst papers and photographs


circa 1900-1976


University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


This collection is arranged in three series by format:

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2000ua012: [identification of item], Frank Selby Hurst papers and photographs, University of Kentucky Archives.


1.5 cubic feet (7 boxes)


The Frank Selby Hurst papers and photographs consist primarily of personal and family photographs, circa 1900-1976.


Frank Selby Hurst was a Lexington attorney and businessman. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky to O.E. (Ora Earl) and Mabel Letton Hurst circa 1925 and graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1942. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1945. Just two years later in 1947, Mr. Hurst earned his law degree from UK and was given the Sullivan Award for outstanding Kentucky male graduate. While in law school he served as editor of the Kentucky Law Journal. After completing his education, Mr. Hurst was secretary of the Kentucky State Board of Bar Examiners for about ten years.

Mr. Hurst was also president of the Hurst Home Insurance Company of Lexington and one of the organizers of the Bank of Lexington. As an attorney, Mr. Hurst was involved in a number of important legal cases in Kentucky, including the $30 million antitrust suit over the sale of the Maine Chance Farm. He was also the attorney for Lexington veterinarian Arnold Pessin and California horseman Rex Ellsworth when they attempted to build a racetrack to compete with Keeneland in 1972. Mr. Hurst died in February 22, 1974 at age 49 after a prolonged illness. He is buried in Lexington Cemetery. It is evident from the photographs that Mr. Hurst was unable to walk from infancy.

Scope and Content

The Frank Selby Hurst papers and photographs consist primarily of personal and family photographs. The collection is comprised of seven photograph albums and many individual photographs. There are two scrapbooks documenting Frank Selby Hurst's accomplishments. Also included are diplomas, certificates, and awards. Additionally, there are clippings of Frank Selby Hurst and his father O.E. Hurst and two pieces of childhood correspondence.


  • Hurst, Frank Selby, 1925?-1974.
  • Hurst, Mabel Letton, 1884?-1961.
  • Hurst, O.E. (Ora Earl), 1885?-1978.
  • Hurst Home Insurance Company.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Lawyers -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.

User Restrictions

The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Photographic Materials, circa 1900-1974
Scope and Content Note:

The Photographic Materials series consists of the photographs of Frank Selby Hurst. The images are mainly personal and family photos. Most of the photos are from Frank Selby Hurst's lifetime, including many vacation snapshots and loose photos. Some photo albums are preserved as sets. There is one set of negatives from a trip to California in 1949 and one set of slides from a trip to Florida in 1961. Mold was detected on some of the scrapbooks.

Album 1, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's childhood. undated
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Album 2, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's childhood. undated
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Album 3, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's adolescence. undated
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Album 5, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's adolescence. undated
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Album 6, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's adolescence. undated
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Album 4, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's adolescence. undated
[box: 2, folder: 1]
Album 7, photographs from Frank Selby Hurst's trip to the Western U.S. with his parents. 1949
[box: 2, folder: 2]
dogs and horses undated
[box: 3, item: 1-5]
Family Photographs. Contains Frank Selby Hurst and relatives undated
[box: 3, item: 6-26]
Group photographs taken at a dinner. Marked Kenneth Studios, Lexington, Kentucky undated
[box: 3, item: 27-30]
Family Photographs. Contains Frank Selby Hurst and relatives undated
[box: 4, item: 1-21]
Family Photographs of Frank Selby Hurst's trip to the Western States with his parents 1949
[box: 4, item: 22-53]
Snapshots of places and animals undated
[box: 4, item: 54-61]
Negatives of family trip the the Western States 1949
[box: 5, item: 1-28]
Family Photographs. Contains Frank Selby Hurst and relatives. Also snapshots of dogs and landscapes undated
[box: 6, item: 1-40]
Color Slides from Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Florida (20) May-61
[box: 7, folder: 1]
Family Photographs (4); O.E. Hurst, Mabel Letton Hurst, unknown relatives, and Kentucky University Football Team undated
[box: 7, folder: 5]
Portrait of unknown relative; Group Photo of The American Law Institute 50th Annual Meeting which includes Frank Selby Hurst undated, May 1973
[box: 7, folder: 6]
Scrapbooks, 1942-1959
Scope and Content Note:

The Scrapbooks series consists of two scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and greeting cards. Scrapbook 1 contains mostly items from 1942. It contains the program from Hurst's high school graduation, graduation photos, and congratulatory greeting cards and correspondence that Hurst received upon graduation from high school. Scrapbook 2 begins in 1942 and ends in 1959. It contains correspondence, programs, and clippings about some of Mr. Hurst's college honors and fraternity membership, as well as his accomplishments in later years. It also contains clippings about his father, O.E. Hurst, as well as a group photograph containing Mr. Hurst.

Scrapbooks, 1942-1959 circa 1942
[box: 2]
Papers, 1926-1976
Scope and Content Note:

The Papers series consists of diplomas and certificates, clippings, and ephemera. The diplomas consist of Mr. Hurst's high school, university, and law school diplomas, as well as various honors he received. There is one certificate for Ora Earl Hurst. The diplomas and certificates are arranged chronologically. The clippings are mostly about Frank Selby Hurst's accomplishments; some are laminated. They include his Lexington Herald and Leader obituary, two other death announcements, clippings about O.E. Hurst, and the University of Kentucky 1947 Commencement. Also included is printed ephemera.

Fraternity membership certificates; University of Kentucky Law Diploma; O.E. Hurst Transylvania Alumni Association 1942 -1976
[box: 2, folder: 5]
Frank Selby Hurst's High School Diploma; Bachelor of Arts Diploma; Law License 1942, 1945, 1946
[box: 7, folder: 2]
Frank Selby Hurst's Bachelor of Laws Diploma; Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award; Federal Communications Commission Certificate 1947, 1948
[box: 7, folder: 3]
Clippings from Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati newspapers, some undated. circa 1926 - 1975
[box: 1, folder: 6]
University of Kentucky's 80th Annual Commencement Exercises from the Louisville Courier-Journal 8-Jun-47
[box: 7, folder: 4]
Wedding and graduation announcements received; childhood thank-you letters from Frank Selby Hurst; Programs from Frank Selby Hurst's Morton Junior High School; Postcard received; Receipt; Programs from the 50th anniversary of the Hurst Home Insurance Company; Frank Selby Hurst's Henry Clay High School graduation announcement; January 1960 Hurst Home Bulletin; Maps and directions to Oklahoma City; The Optimist's Creed circa 1929 - 1960
[box: 1, folder: 7]