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Cyrenius Wait Papers, 1830

Part of Cyrenius Wait Papers

73m6 Cyrenius Wait papers, 1790-1950, bulk 1830-1859 1M73M6 Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2012 March 30 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-05T10:12-0500 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Cyrenius Wait Papers 1M73M6 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.6 Cubic feet 2 boxes, 1 item Bulk, 1830-1859 1790-1950 Housed with multiple collections. Wait, Cyrenius, 1794-1868 Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Preferred Citation note 73M6: [identification of item], Cyrenius Wait papers, 1790-1950, bulk 1830-1859, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note Massachusetts born Cyrenius Wait (1794-1868) was a businessman, politician, and farmer, who came to Kentucky in 1818 and acquired extensive land holdings in Pulaski County. He became a successful businessman with interests in coal mining, farming, and mercantile ventures as well as unusual enterprises such as salt making and silk production. Wait served as state school commissioner for Pulaski and Casey Counties in 1843 and as a senator in the Kentucky legislature in 1850. Additionally, he was a president of the Somerset branch of Farmer's Bank and an agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company. Scope and Contents note The Cyrenius Wait papers comprise correspondence, receipts, land grants, account books, and business records, illuminating Wait's career as a Kentucky entrepreneur. The account books document Wait's financial transactions, while the correspondence and business records chronicle his business dealings throughout Kentucky. Additionally, the papers contain school records, genealogical records, the correspondence of Wait's heirs in the 19th and 20th centuries, and a modern transcription of William Wait's diary. The diary describes the journey William Wait, Cyrenius Wait's brother, took from Massachusetts to Kentucky in 1818 and 1819. Arrangement note Collection is arranged chronologically. Wait, William Agriculture--Kentucky--Pulaski County--History. Business records--Kentucky. Businessmen. Coal--Kentucky--Pulaski County--History. Farmers. Land grants--Kentucky--Pulaski County. Land grants. Land titles--Kentucky--Pulaski County. Pulaski County (Ky.) Salt industry and trade--Kentucky--Pulaski County. School management and organization--Kentucky--Pulaski County. Silk industry--Kentucky--Somerset. Correspondence and business records 2 1 1 8 1790-1833 Account book 1 1828-1842 Correspondence and business records 2 2 1 9 1834-1839 Correspondence and business records 2 3 1 10 1840-1849 School records 2 4 1841-1854 Correspondence and business records 1 11 2 5 1850-1859 Correspondence and business records 1 12 2 6 1860-1879 Account books 2 7 1867-1874 Correspondence and business records 2 8 1881-1923, 1950 Correspondence and business records 2 9 1 13 undated Genealogy 2 10 undated William Wait diary, 1818-1819, transcription 2 11 undated Cyrenius Wait Papers