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Stagecoach papers, 1803-1935, 1861-1935

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Stagecoach papers, 1803-1935




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized according to material type. Arrangement thereunder is chronological.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Stagecoach papers, 1803-1935, 1861-1935, 1M51M12, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


.45 cubic ft.


Author, historian. J. Winston Coleman, Jr. was a native of Lexington, Ky. He received degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.) and was president of the general contracting firm of Coleman & Davis, Inc. In the 1930s his interest turned toward Kentucky history. His first book, MASONRY IN THE BLUEGRASS, was published in 1933. In 1936 Coleman retired to Winburn, his Lexington farm, in order to devote time to historic research and writing. He wrote more than a dozen books and pamphlets, including STAGECOACH DAYS IN THE BLUEGRASS (1935), SLAVERY TIMES IN KENTUCKY (1940), A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF KENTUCKY HISTORY (1940), LEXINGTON DURING THE CIVIL WAR (1968), and HISTORIC KENTUCKY (1967).

Scope and Content

See also the J. Winston Coleman papers, accession 1M87M32; and the J. Winston Coleman scrapbooks, accession 1F87M-820.

This collection contains J. Winston Coleman's papers related to his book, STAGECOACH DAYS IN THE BLUEGRASS, published in 1935. Included are correspondence, a typed draft of the text, the first proof, photographs and printed material. Correspondence from 1934 to 1935 consists of reminiscences by Fred K. Irvine (d. 1935), the editor of AMERICAN STONE TRADE. Irvine's father, a stagecoach driver, first came to Lexington, Ky. in 1836. Irvine provides accounts of stage drivers in Kentucky, the fine carriage given to Henry Clay by the citizens of Trenton, New Jersey in 1833, road improvements and stagecoach inns and taverns. Original documents dating from 1804 to 1861 include certificates, lists of tavern keepers in Lexington and Fayette County (1830s), correspondence to Col. S. R. Mc Nair, a stagecoach proprietor in Louisville, business records and receipts, legal documents, way bills and a printed copy of specifications for early turnpikes in Kentucky (1839).


  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
  • Coleman, J. Winston (John Winston), 1898-
  • Irvine, Fred K.
  • McNair, S. R.
  • Coaching--Kentucky.
  • Coach drivers--Kentucky.
  • Taverns (Inns)--Kentucky.
  • Roads--Design and construction--Kentucky--19th century.
  • Kentucky--History.
  • Galley proofs.
  • Photoprints.
  • Historians.
  • Manuscripts (for publication).
  • Kentucky author.
  • Bars (Drinking establishments)--Kentucky

User Restrictions

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