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Interleavings Collection, 1899-1974

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


Interleavings Collection




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged into series by subject and into subseries by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2012MS240: [identification of item], Interleavings Collection, 1899-1974, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.23 Cubic feet

1 box

Scope and Content

The Interleavings Collection consists of items discovered in books cataloged by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. When possible the call number of the book, in which the item was found, is recorded in parenthesis following the title. The collection includes primarily letters from or to the authors of these books including John Wilson Townsend, Elizabeth Robsen, and Lula Vollmer. Additionally, the collection contains notes, writings, cards, and newspaper clippings.


  • University of Kentucky. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives Dept.
  • Clippings (Newspapers, books, etc.)
  • Coke, Van Deren, 1921-2004
  • Kemp, Thomas
  • Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968
  • Vollmer, Lula
  • Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946
  • Artists.
  • Authors--Correspondence.
  • Christmas cards.
  • Freemasonry--United States

User Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

I General, 1899-1964
Scope and Content Note:

The General series consists of three subseries: Letters, Notes and writings, and Cards. The Letters subseries contains letters from authors, usually concerning the book where the letters were found. Notes and writings includes genealogical notes, masonic writings, and chemistry notes. Cards contains primarily Christmas cards. Notable items include a letter and notes from Thomas Kemp concerning his transcription of the Black Book of Warwick and a letter from the artist Van Deren Coke.

i Letters, 1899, 1943-1964
Letter from Thomas Kemp and notes, found in the Black Book of Warwick (DA690.W3 B6), 1899 April 6
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Private C. Clay to mother, found in a copy of Blackwood's magazine, 1943 October 22
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Julian [?] to Thomas Clark, found in Introduction to English literature from Chaucer to Tennyson (PR85 .R33 1855), 1957 December 19
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Van Deren Coke to Peter Pollack, found in The Painter and the Photograph (708.1 N39), 1964 October 30
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Note from Elizabeth Robsen, found in Seems But Yesterday (CT275.R745 A3 1972), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
Lula Vollmer to G. Cruikshanks, found in Sun-up; A Play in Three Acts (822 V886), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
ii Notes and writings, 1927, undated
Chemistry notes, found in Syllabus of a complete course of lectures on chemistry (QD41 .S68), circa 1850s
[Box: 1, Folder: 12]
Masonic writings, found in pamphlet Historical Sketch of Lewis Lodge (HS539.L82 L49 1926), circa 1920s
[Box: 1, Folder: 13]
Wheelock family genealogical notes, found in Mr. Ralph Wheelock, Puritan (F67 .W54 1899), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 14]
Note concerning a Ladies Sewing Society and receipts for freight and tobacco, found in Analytical Index of De Bows Review (HF1.D2 W450 1922), 1927, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 15]
Notes and newspaper clippings, found in Edward Sturgis of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 1613-1695, and his descendants (CS71 .S935 1914), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 16]
iii Cards, undated
Christmas card, civil war/southern pride, found in The Life of Billy Yank (973.74 W648), circa 1957
[Box: 1, Folder: 17]
Christmas card, inscribed To the Judge - One old Confederate to another!, found in Confederate Arms (UD383.5 .A6 1957), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 18]
Card and magazine clipping, found in The Joy of Cooking (TX715 .R750 1951), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 19]
II John Wilson Townsend, 1928, 1974
Scope and Content Note:

The John Wilson Townsend series consists of letters and newspaper clippings found in books written by, donated by, or pertaining to the author. Notable items include letters from fellow author Virginia Tunstall to John Wilson Townsend.

Virginia Tunstall letters to John W. Townsend, found in A White Sail Set (811 T8367wh), 1928
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Note from Dorothy Edwards Townsend, found in Lore of the Meadowland (F451 .T74 1974),, 1974 October 22
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Newspaper clipping and advertisement regarding John Wilson Townsend, found in The Life and Works of John Wilson Townsend (E175.5.T58 T6), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
III Samuel M. Wilson, undated
Scope and Content Note:

The Samuel M. Wilson series comprises items found in books owned by the judge, including a typescript copy of a newspaper article from 1826 concerning Isaac Desha's suicide attempt and various handwritten notes.

Samuel M. Wilson, typescript copy of newspaper article concerning Isaac Desha's attempted suicide, found in Wilson 343.1 D459, 1826, July 21
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Samuel M. Wilson notes and envelope, found in The Study of Modern Painting (ND190 .A5), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]