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Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers, 1803

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70m31 Greathouse, Mary and Clarence papers Guide to the Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers, 1803-1905 70m31 Ida Sell University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center 14 June 2011 Special Collections Research Center University of Kentucky Libraries Margaret I. King Library Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-06-13 16:46:32 -0400. Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard 2017 March 17 EAD and description updated by Megan Mummey English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers Greathouse, Mary Elizabeth, 1818-1906 Greathouse, Clarence Ridgeley, 1845-1899 70m31 2.12 Cubic Feet 6 boxes 1803-1905 The Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers (dated 1803-1905; 2.12 cubic feet; 6 boxes) contain diaries and other materials belonging to Mary Elizabeth Hancock Greathouse and her son, Clarence, documenting their time as diplomats in Asia. Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Preferred Citation 70m31: [Identification of item], Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers, 1803-1905, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Biographical note Mary Elizabeth Hancock married Dr. Ridgeley Greathouse of Woodford County, Ky. Their son, Clarence Ridgeley Greathouse, was born in 1845. Clarence began the practice of law under his uncle, Thomas P. Porter, who was acting lieutenant governor of Kentucky during part of the Civil War. Greathouse was elected prosecuting attorney of Woodford County in 1868. He also helped establish a newspaper known as The Woodford Weekly. He moved to California in 1870 and resumed the practice of law. In 1883 he returned to journalism as the general manager of the San Fransicso Examiner. In 1886 President Grover Cleveland appointed Charles Greathouse Consul-General to Japan. Charles and his mother lived there until 1890 when he resigned to become Vice-President of the Home Office and Legal Advisor to the throne for King Kojong (or Ni-Kung) of Korea. In the latter capacity Greathouse supervised the trials of accused conspirators in the assassination of Queen Min in 1895. When Greathouse died in 1899, his mother returned to Versailles, Kentucky, where she remained until she died. Scope and Contents The Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers (dated 1803-1905; 2.12 cubic feet; 6 boxes) contain diaries and other materials belonging to Mary Elizabeth Hancock Greathouse and her son, Clarence, documenting their time as diplomats in Asia. The majority of the papers consist of Mrs. Greathouse's diaries, covering the years 1886 to 1905. In these volumes she described their sea voyage to Japan, and life there as part of the diplomatic community, especially their social activities. Later her diaries detail the move to Korea and their life there. She also describes her anguish and grief over her son's long illness. Her diaries conclude in her declining years. The papers also contain a document presumed to be a preliminary draft of a revised treaty of amity and commerce between Korea and the Chng dynasty of China. This treaty is written in Classical Chinese. An English synopsis has been furnished. There is an 1886 Tokyo court judgment written in Japanese and some early Greathouse family correspondence including letters from Ridgeley to Mary Elizabeth. Arrangement The collection is arranged by material type. Immediate Source of Acquisition Gift, 1969. Diplomatic and consular service, American -- Japan. Peace treaties. Diplomats -- Correspondence. China -- Foreign relations -- Korea. Korea -- Foreign relations. Korea -- Politics and government. Diaries. Greathouse, Clarence Ridgeley, 1845-1899 Greathouse, Ridgeley Min, Queen of Korea, d. 1895 Greathouse, Mary Elizabeth, 1818-1906 Mary E. Greathouse papers Series I. 1870-1905 General Sub-Series A. 1890-1900, undated Photographs undated 2 6 Newspaper clippings 1890-1900 5 13 Diaries Sub-Series B. 1884-1905 Arrival in Yokohama 1884-1887 1 1 Miscellaneous entries 1887 August 13-1905 May 30 1 2 Yokohama 1888 1 3 Yokohama 1889 1 4 Yokohama 1890 1 5 Yokohama and Seoul 1891 1 6 Seoul 1892 2 1 Seoul 1893 2 2 Seoul 1894 2 3 Seoul 1895 2 4 Seoul 1896 2 5 Seoul 1897 3 1 Seoul 1898 3 2 Seoul 1899 3 3 Versailles, Kentucky 1900-1901 3 4 Versailles, Kentucky 1901 3 5 Versailles, Kentucky 1902 4 3 Versailles, Kentucky 1903 January-June 18 3 6 Versailles, Kentucky 1903 June 19-1904 June 13 4 1 Versailles, Kentucky 1905 May 1-December 30 4 2 Correspondence Sub-Series C. 1870-1904, undated Letters to Mary E. Greathouse 1870-1904 5 4 Calling cards and invitations undated 5 12 Clarence Greathouse papers Series II. 1886-1899 Letters to Clarence R. Greathouse 1886 May 29-1898 September 10 5 7 Clarence R. Greathouse Private Letter Book B 1890 March 4-1891 November 21 4 4 Clarence R. Greathouse Private Letter Book D 1891 November 19-1893 June 21 5 3 Clarence R. Greathouse Consul General appointment documents 1886 5 6 Clarence Greathouse notes relating to the legal proceedings resulting from the Korean Queen's assassination 1895 October 8 5 8 Letter from Mr. Suh Koo-Sun of the Korean Higher Court, translated to English undated 5 9 Tokyo Court of Original Jurisdiction manuscripts 1886 5 10 Revised Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Korea and Ching Dynasty 1899 5 11 Clarence R. Greathouse Private Letter Book B: microfilm 1890 March 4-1891 November 21 6 1 Clarence R. Greathouse Private Letter Book D: microfilm 1891 November 19-1893 June 21 6 2 Greathouse family letters Series III. 1803-1889 Letters to Henry Greathouse, Shelbyville, Kentucky 1803-1833 5 1 Letters to Thomas Paine Porter, Covington, Kentucky 1862-1889 5 2 Letters to Ridgley and Elizabeth Greathouse 1839-1878 5 5 Mary and Clarence Greathouse papers