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Charles J. Norwood papers, 1861-1918

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Processed by Adam Todd in May 2007 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig


Charles J. Norwood papers




University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


This collection is arranged by subject in folders.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

1986ua003: [identification of item], Charles J. Norwood papers, University of Kentucky Archives.


1.31 cubic feet (5 boxes)


The Charles J. Norwood papers contain notes, writings, scrapbooks, and photographs related to Norwood's work in the field of geology, 1861-1918.


Charles Joseph Norwood was born on September 17, 1853 in New Harmony, Indiana. As an undergraduate, Norwood attended the University of Missouri. He later earned a Master's degree from the Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College. Norwood came to Kentucky in 1874 to take a position as an assistant geologist (he later served as director) in the Kentucky Geological Survey. Following a stint as a professor of natural science at Bethal College, Norwood was appointed the first inspector of Kentucky mines in 1884. He held that position until 1897. In 1902, he began a relationship with the University of Kentucky. While at the university, Norwood founded the College of Mines and Metallurgy and served the college as a professor and its dean. Norwood planned and supervised the Kentucky Mineral Exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The Mining Building on the University of Kentucky campus was named after Charles Joseph Norwood on May 31, 1930 upon President Frank LeRond McVey's suggestion. Norwood died on January 20, 1927.

Scope and Content

The Charles J. Norwood papers contain notes, writings, scrapbooks, and photographs related to Norwood's work in the field of geology, 1861-1918. The papers are related to Charles Norwood's geological studies and his correspondence while at the University of Kentucky. Norwood's typed and handwritten notes and articles allow for a close look at the nature of geological studies during his era. The collection also contains notes, scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs related to his work. There is a 1904 World's Fair notebook that contains Norwood's handwritten notes regarding the planning of the Kentucky Mineral Exhibit for the fair in St. Louis. The notebook also includes a floor plan of the exhibit. The Medical notebook contains handwritten descriptions of a variety of illnesses and injuries. The included photographs depict a number of scenes, including an image of Norwood with other men holding surveying equipment. The two scrapbooks in the collection contain newspaper clippings dating from 1861 to 1910 and cover the topics of politics, obituaries, poetry, and random trivia; some handwritten notes are included among the clippings. The record book dating from 1879 to around 1889 contains a list of "subscriptions" which include a name, date, and amount paid (it is not indicated what the subscriptions were for). Random newspaper clippings from a variety of sources, covering a wide variety of topics are also included throughout the record book.


  • Norwood, Charles J., 1853-1927.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Ashland Coal and Iron Company.
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Marion (Ky.)
  • Procter Mine (Ky.)
  • Geology -- Lexington -- Kentucky.
  • Mining -- Lexington -- Kentucky.
  • Politics and government -- Lexington -- Kentucky.
  • Teachers -- Lexington -- Kentucky.
  • Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)

User Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Papers 1902-1905; Mr. Norwood's Kentucky State College correspondence
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Papers 1904-1913; a Series of Essays on Iron and Steel, Report on the Plant and Deposit of Rock Asphalt; Lecture Notes on Copper Metallurgy
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Papers 1906-1918; Mr. Norwood's Kentucky State College correspondence
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Coal Washing
[box: 1, folder: 4-5]
[box: 1, folder: 6]
[box: 1, folder: 7]
Ore Dressing
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Roasting Process
[box: 2, folder: 1]
[box: 2, folder: 2]
[box: 2, folder: 3]
Geological Survey of Kentucky
[box: 2, folder: 4]
Miscellaneous Geological papers
[box: 2, folder: 5-7]
Photograph of 2 men working
[box: 2, folder: 8] browse
[box: 2, folder: 9]
1904 World's Fair Notebook; Kentucky at the World's Fair report
[box: 3, folder: 1]
Medical Notebook, undated
[box: 3, folder: 2]
Qualitative Blowpipe Analysis 1878
[box: 3, folder: 3]
Record book (1) dating from around 1879 to 1889; Scrapbook (2) dating from around 1861 to 1910
[box: 4]
4 men (N.B. Page, C.W. Moore, C.J. Norwood, Jack Procter) with surveying equipment 1875
[box: 5, item: 1] browse
The store at Procter mine
[box: 5, item: 2] browse
The store at Procter mine
[box: 5, item: 3]
Ashland Coal and Iron Company's Furnace, Raw ("coalton") coal used
[box: 5, item: 4] browse
Train from Procter mine to Jellico
[box: 5, item: 5] browse