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Samuel M. Wilson research papers on John Bradford, 1780

Part of Samuel M. Wilson research papers on John Bradford

51w17Wilson, Samuel M., research papers on John BradfordGuide to the Samuel M. Wilson research papers on John Bradford, 1780-1945 51W17Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric WeigUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research CenterSpecial Collections Research CenterMargaret I. King Building, NorthLexington 40506-0039SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDUURL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-05-23 14:39:19 -0400.Description is in English. English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Samuel M. Wilson research papers on John Bradford Bradford, John, 1747-1830 51W17 2.7 Cubic Feet 6 boxes 1780-1945 General note None online. Must visit contributing institution. Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open for research. Conditions Governing Use note Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. Preferred Citation note 51W17: [Identification of item], Samuel M. Wilson research papers on John Bradford, 1780-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Biographical/Historical note Printer, Publisher, Surveyor Born in Virginia, John Bradford came to Kentucky in 1779 and settled in Lexington in 1787. In partnership with his brother Fielding, he published the KENTUCKY GAZETTE for a short time, and in 1792 published the acts of the first session of the Kentucky legislature, the first book printed in Kentucky. In 1799 he became the first chairman of the board of Transylvania University, serving until 1811 and again from 1823 to 1828. He played a role in the founding of the Lexington library and often served as one of its trustees. He twice represented Fayette county in the Kentucky House of Representatives, and at the time of his death was high sheriff of Fayette county. Scope and Contents note These papers include documents relating to lawsuits in which Bradford was concerned, and Judge Samuel M. Wilson's research materials on Bradford. The Bradford legal papers include surveys, plats, depositions, summonses, land patents, etc., relating to lawsuits involving the Trustees of the town of Lexington, Kentucky; Thomas Smith; Robert Patterson et al.; George Barnett and William Stafford; Elizabeth Lee; Graves Kelly; the Lyle family heirs; and others. The Wilson materials include his research notes on Bradford; correspondence concerning that research and his search for Bradford's "Notes" on Kentucky; materials on the Bradford Memorial and Historical Association of Lexington, Kentucky, commonly known as the Bradford Club; and pictures of the Bradford family.These papers are useful for documenting the early history of Kentucky, and of Lexington in particular. The collection constitutes an important resource for the biography of Bradford. Arrangement note Legal papers (1M49W37) arranged by name of suit, thereunder chronologically. Wilson correspondence (1M51W17) arranged chronologically. Wilson research notes (1M51W17) arranged topically. Immediate Source of Acquisition Gift, Dec. 10, 1946 Public libraries -- Kentucky -- Lexington. Newspaper publishing -- Kentucky -- 18th century. Kentucky -- History -- To 1792. Kentucky -- History -- 1792-1865 Printing -- Kentucky -- History. Land titles -- Kentucky. Patterson, Robert, 1899- Smith, Thomas. Stafford, William. Bradford, John, 1747-1830 Kelly, Graves. Kentucky Gazette (Lexington, Ky.) Lee, Elizabeth. Kentucky. General Assembly. House of Representatives Transylvania University Barnett, George Bradford Memorial and Historical Association