Finding aid prepared by Felicia Reaves
Jewell family papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged in ten series by name of individual or family: Frances Jewell McVey; Asa Hickman Jewell; Lizzie Berry Jewell; Robert Bob Berry Jewell; John Berry Jewell; John Michael Berry; John Jewell and John Moses Jewell; John Jewell, Jr./John L. Jewell; Miscellaneous Jewell family papers; and indexes to Frances Jewell McVey and Lizzie Berry Jewell's correspondence.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
2011ms063 : [identification of item], Jewell family papers, 1814-1984, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
14.5 Cubic feet
30 document boxes, 3 flat boxes
The Jewell family papers (1814-1984; 14.5 cubic feet, 30 document boxes, 3 flat boxes) consist of correspondence, school-related papers, and ephemera and artifacts relating to Frances Jewell McVey and her family, the Jewell family of Lexington, Ky., Jessamine County, Ky., and Berry, Ky. Frances Jewell McVey was a teacher, the University of Kentucky's Dean of Women, and the wife of UK president Frank LeRond McVey.
Mary Frances Jewell McVey was born in Berry, Harrison County, Kentucky on December 23, 1889. She was the second child and only daughter of Asa Hickman Jewell (1857-1937) and Elizabeth Lizzie Sayre Berry Jewell (1861-1941). Her older brother was John Berry Jewell (1886-1946), and the younger was Robert Bob Berry Jewell (1896-1986).
By 1900, the Jewell family was living in Lexington, Ky. There Frances attended Sayre School before going to the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Penn. in 1907. She graduated in 1909, and attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. from 1909-1913. In 1915, she began teaching English at State University, Lexington, Ky. which became the University of Kentucky in 1916. She taught English there from 1915 to 1921. From 1917-1918 she attended Columbia University in New York, N.Y., where she received her Master of Arts in English Literature.
From 1921-1923 she was Dean of Women at the University of Kentucky. She resigned this position in 1923 when she married Dr. Frank LeRond McVey, president of the University. She was actively involved in promoting the University during the 1920s and 1930s and was well-known for entertaining at the University President's home, Maxwell Place. She also continued to devote herself to improving social conditions and providing opportunities for the less fortunate through her service to the YWCA, The Frontier Nursing Service, the International Club, the University of Kentucky Women's Club, and the Lexington Junior League. She also served as an alumna member on the Vassar Board of Trustees. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Kentucky in 1940.
She died at her home on June 13, 1945, of metastatic lung cancer, and was buried at Lexington Cemetery.
Other Jewell and Berry family members are represented in this collection. An incomplete genealogy follows.
John M[oses] Jewell (1776-1853) married Ann McCarty (1780-1823). They lived primarily in and around Jessamine County, Ky. They had nine children, one of whom is represented in this collection, John L. Jewell, who often signed himself John Jewell, Jr. John L. Jewell (1812-1882) was the father of Asa Hickman Jewell and grandfather of Frances Jewell McVey. His third wife was Mary F.Tillett Reed (1835-1909), a widow of 20 years of age, and mother to Marianne Dolly Reed (1852-1938). Mary was the mother of Asa Hickman Jewell and Nannie W. Jewell Embry (1860-1947). Nannie was the mother of Dorothy Hawkins Embry (1888-1985), Minerva Jewell Embry (1886-?), and Talton H. Embry (1894-?).
Berry family: John M[ichael] Berry (1830-1892) married Louisa Cass Dawson (1836-1922) from Pennsylvania. They lived primarily in Berry, Harrison County, Ky. They had seven children, including Elizabeth Lizzie Sayre Berry Jewell. Another child was Eva G. Berry Cromwell (1865-1929), wife of John Cromwell (1862-1951) of Cynthiana, Ky., and mother of Louise (1889- ?) and Belle Cromwell (1890-1962).
Jewell-Berry family: Asa Hickman Jewell (1857-1937) married Elizabeth Lizzie Sayre Berry Jewell (1861-1941). They lived primarily in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky. They had three children, John Berry Jewell, Mary Frances Jewell McVey, and Robert Bob Berry Jewell.
John Berry Jewell (1886-1946) married Mary Henderson Worthington (1887-1948) in 1909. John lived most of his life in either Jessamine County, Ky. or Fayette County, Ky. He worked as a farmer and was an independent tobacco warehouse owner both in Lexington, Ky. and Franklin, Tenn.
Robert Berry Jewell (1896-1986) married Margaret McClure Elliott (1905-1984), sometime in 1942. He lived most of his life in Jessamine County, Ky. and Lexington, Fayette County, Ky.
The Jewell family papers (1814-1984; 14.5 cubic feet, 30 document boxes, 3 flat boxes) consist of correspondence, school-related papers, and ephemera and artifacts relating to Frances Jewell McVey and her family, the Jewell family of Lexington, Ky., Jessamine County, Ky., and Berry, Ky.
Frances Jewell McVey's series comprises the bulk of the papers and include her personal, business, and civic interests and connections. Her correspondence with family and friends particularly documents her youth and young adult years. The bulk of the incoming letters were written by her mother, Lizzie Berry Jewell (1904-1924 and undated) and close friends from Lexington, Ky. (1903-1937 and undated), the Baldwin School (1908-1917 and undated) and Vassar College (1909-1913). Frances' letters to her mother (1907-1913) and brother (1908) during her years at boarding school and college are also present in the series. Indexes and subject headings to Frances Jewell McVey and Lizzie Berry Jewell’s correspondence (undated) are included in the collection. Other incoming letters include those sent to Frances by fiancée and husband, Frank LeRond McVey, during their courtship and early marriage (1922-1924); letters from Bob C., stationed in France and England during World War I (1917-1920); and a few brief notes from former State University, Lexington, Kentucky (later University of Kentucky) president James Kennedy Patterson (1916-1919). An outgoing letter written from Frances to Dr. Edward O. Guerrant at age twelve is one of the earliest items in the collection and provides an early view of her interest in being of service to others. There are also travel souvenirs, postcards (including ones made from leather), and multiple drafts and proof copies of the book, Uncle Will of Wildwood (1974), co-authored by Robert Berry Jewell and Frances Jewell McVey (1939-1974 and undated).
Jewell family businesses and financial activities (1810s-1980s), particularly Robert Berry Jewell's involvement with standard bred horse breeding and racing (1909-1982), are documented throughout the collection through clippings; correspondence; farm, farm products, livestock; household accounts and catalogs; estate records; a land indenture, and photographs of horses. Included in the business records is a listing of slave lots and the names of those they were allotted to (undated, [after 1855]), including the name James Jewell, as well as a letter from Ty Cobb to Robert Jewell (1940).
The collection also includes Asa Hickman Jewell's school essays and report cards from Forest Academy (near Louisville, Ky., 1873?-1874) and Central University (Richmond, Ky., 1875-1878?), as well as his travel journal from a 1910 voyage to Europe. Other family members represented in the collection include John Michael Berry, James Jewell, John Berry Jewell, John Moses Jewell, John L. Jewell, and Marianne Dolly Reed. The ephemera includes a bawdy poem (1961) written on the occasion of the destruction of Belle Brezing's house in Lexington, Ky. where she operated a brothel.
0000ua003, Frances Jewell McVey papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
0000ua004, University of Kentucky. Office of the President records: Frank LeRond McVey, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
2012ms352, Robert Berry Jewell, Uncle Bill of Wildwood, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Comprised primarily of incoming correspondence to Mary Frances Jewell McVey (1889-1945) from friends, family, and business, civic, and charitable organizations (1902-1942). Also includes a few outgoing letters from Frances to family and friends, including a letter written at age 12. Major correspondents include mother Lizzie Berry Jewell, close school friends from The Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, Penn.) and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), and close friends from the Lexington area. Also contains letters and drawings sent to Frances by Frank LeRond McVey during their courtship and early marriage (1922-1924). There are also letters written from France and England during World War I to Frances from Bob C., a friend from likely the Lexington area (1917-1920). Major topics in the correspondence include family news, local happenings, and advice from family members. Frances' personal, school, business, and philanthropic activities are also documented through travel diaries, scrapbooks, yearbooks, schoolwork and writings, and newspaper clippings. These items include the wedding service book from Frances' marriage to Frank LeRond McVey (1923); plays, poetry, and other writings that include favorite recipes and works about Kentucky; a Thumbograph autograph book; travel souvenirs (1910s); and a radio broadcast transcription of Shakers in Kentucky (1942). Arranged in three Subseries: Correspondence; Diaries, Writings, Scrapbooks, and Mementos; and School-Related Items.
Comprised primarily of incoming letters, cards, and postcards (including many on leather) to Frances from family and friends; business, philanthropic, civic and professional correspondence; sympathy cards and letters following her parent's deaths; and a few outgoing letters from Frances. Included are letters and envelopes from Frank LeRond McVey, written during their courtship and early marriage (1922-1924); letters from Bob C., written from Europe during World War I, where he served in the military(1917-1920); and a few brief notes from then President Emeritus of State College, James Kennedy Patterson (1916-1919). Also of note is a 1902 letter from Frances addressed to Dr. Edward O. Guerrant, documenting her early interest in being of service to others. Arranged into six subsubseries: Business, Civic, Philanthropic; Cards, Envelopes, Stationery; Family: Friends and Acquaintances; Single Correspondents; and Unknown Correspondents.
Comprised of incoming letters to Frances related to her business, philanthropic, civic and professional activities. Also includes purchase receipts and advertisements. Arranged into two folders: Business, Receipts, Advertisements (1906-1940), and Philanthropies, Charities, Civic, and Professional (1913-1941).
Comprised primarily of receipts for sheet music, personal items, pharmaceuticals, meal catering, furnishings, flowers, clothing, school-related articles such as class rings and flags, bills for school tuition, room and board, magazine subscriptions, physician appointments, jewelry, school meals, and assorted advertisements. Also includes, from attorney R.L. Bronaugh, letters and deeds of sale of property to Frances in 1937 and 1940; a notice about a claim against the estate of Asa Jewell (deceased); and a letter from attorney J. Owen Reynolds regarding a claim against the estate of Mrs. Hawkins. Also included is an order form for Burpee seeds, sent from Maxwell Place.
Comprised of letters related to Frances' lifelong involvement in various philanthropic organizations, charities, professional endeavors, and civic service. Includes a letter from the president of the University of Illinois inviting Frances to apply for the Dean of Women position there; a letter of resolution from the Vassar College Board of Trustees commending Frances' for her service to the college and the Board, dated 1941; a letter and pamphlets written by Dr. Edward O. Guerrant for missionary outreach; and a letter from the matron of Kentucky Houses of Reform, White Girls Division, dated 1914. Other correspondents include the American Red Cross, The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the Kentucky Child Labor Association, and the Kentucky Female Orphan School. Also includes a certificate naming Frances as Chairman of the Precinct Committee in 1920; an invitation to speak at a Wilmore P.T.A. meeting; and an invitation to tea at the University of Kentucky library.
Comprises primarily sympathy cards upon the death of Frances' parents Asa Hickman Jewell (1937) and Lizzie Berry Jewell (1941), as well as Valentine's Day, calling cards, and at home invitations. Also included are blank stationery, address labels, and envelopes addressed to Frances. Arranged alphabetically by folder.
Comprised of handwritten at home invitations and calling cards on thick cardstock and stationary. Items are not arranged in any particular order.
Comprised of small cards, both printed and handwritten, from multiple friends, family and acquaintances. Items are not arranged in any particular order.
Includes one envelope addressed to Mrs Frank L. McVey; a telegram envelope with no addressee; an envelope that is is stamped Opened by Censor but lacks a year; an envelope addressed to Frances while staying in France; and various other envelopes from hotels and private addresses.
Comprised of letters and cards addressed to Frances following the death of her father, Asa Hickman Jewell, Sr., in December of 1937. Items are not arranged in any particular order.
Comprised of letters and cards to Frances from family, friends and acquaintances following the death of her mother, Lizzie Berry Jewell, in September of 1941. Items are not arranged in any particular order.
Comprised of blank stationary headed 273 Ashland Ave. South, Lexington, KY., a childhood home of Frances Jewell; an envelope addressed to William Goddard in Frances Jewell's hand along with blank Vassar College-embossed stationary; Frances Jewell's address label from Vassar College; and a cut-out stationary monogram belonging to Frances dating after her marriage to Frank L. McVey.
Comprised of handmade, handwritten as well as purchased, printed Valentine cards and notes. All of the cards are anonymous. Items are arranged in no particular order.
Comprised of letters, postcards, and cards written to Frances from immediate and extended family members from the Lexington, Ky., area and Pennsylvania. Also included are four letters written by Frances to various family members. The bulk of the immediate family correspondence is from her mother, Lizzie Berry Jewell, written mostly during 1909 to 1913 when Frances was away from home at school. Other correspondents include Frances' brothers, John Berry Jewell and Robert Bob Berry Jewell; her father, Asa Hickman Jewell, Sr.; and various aunts, uncles and cousins, primarily from Lizzie Berry Jewell's side of the family. The subjects of the letters include family news and local happenings. Letters from younger cousins reflect the preoccupations of youth--their social life and love interests. Letters from her parents, particularly her mother, frequently offer advice: how Frances should conduct her life, manage her relationships, and focus her energies. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder.
Writes from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mentions Frances Jewell's cousin Annie Dawson in letters.
Probably Lizzie Berry Jewell's brother. Married to Helen.
Writes from Science Hill School near Shelbyville, Ky. If this proves to be Belle Cromwell, she is the sister of Louise H. Cromwell, and the daughter of John Cromwell and Eva Berry Cromwell of Cynthiana, Ky.
Writes most often from Cynthiana, Ky. Had a sister named Belle, likely attended Science Hill Academy near Shelbyville, Ky., and is the daughter of John Cromwell and Eva Berry Cromwell.
Son of Mamie and Noble Curry.
Married to Noble Curry, and her son is Glave Curry. Likely a cousin from the Jewell side of the family, but this is not confirmed.
Writes from Uniontown, Penn. where many of Lizzie Berry Jewell's relatives lived. Attended school in Bradford, Mass. Harvie is female.
Attended the Baldwin School and Vassar along with Frances Jewell. Often signs her letters DHE.
Likely sister to Dorothy Dot Hawkins Embry and Talton Talt Embry. Her mother is Nannie Jewell Embry. First husband was William BillyIngram Goodwin. Second husband was John D. Allen.
Nannie Jewell Embry was the sister of Asa Hickman Jewell, and mother to Minerva Jewell Embry, Dorothy Hawkins Embry, and Talton Embry. Often referred to and signs letters Aunt Nan.
Son of Nannie Jewell Embry, and brother to Minerva Jewell Embry and Dorothy Hawkins Embry. In business as Curtis-Stephens-Embry Manufacturers in Reading, Penn. Middle initial could be either H. or G.
Writes from Fort Garrett, Ky. Possibly brother to Robert Garrett.
Home was likely Harrodsburg, Ky. Attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for medical school. Married Minnie Ball?/Bell? More. Often signs letters as Wm or WBG.
Asa Jewell was a farmer and businessman in the Lexington and Wilmore areas during his lifetime. He owned a farm in Wilmore known as Pleasant View, which passed to his children on his death.
Oldest child of Asa Hickman Jewell and Lizzie Berry Jewell. Married Mary Henderson Worthington, aka Mary Hen. John Berry Jewell's oldest child was Asa Hickman Jewell, Jr. He was a farmer and businessman.
Mother of John Berry Jewell, Mary Frances Jewell McVey, and Robert Berry Jewell. Married to Asa Hickman Jewell for more than 50 years.
Home prior to marriage was likely Harrodsburg, Ky. Married John Berry Jewell, Frances Jewell's older brother. Letters include those written to Frances both before and after her marriage to John Berry Jewell. Mother of Asa Hickman Jewell, Jr., oldest grandchild of Asa Hickman Jewell and Lizzie Berry Jewell.
Youngest child of Asa Hickman Jewell and Lizzie Berry Jewell. Married Margaret McClure Elliott. He was a businessman and a farmer with a great interest and involvement in the standardbred horse industry. Attended school in Asheville, N.C., and lived most of his life in and around Lexington, Ky., and Wilmore, Ky.
Writes from Canoe, Ky., and Wilmore, Ky. Signs her letters Aunt Kate or Katie.
Writes from St. David's, Penn.
Writes from Uniontown, Penn.
Writes from Harrodsburg, Ky. Signs her letters Coz Ina. Likely the daughter of William Goddard, about whom the story, Uncle Will of Wildwood, was written by Frances Jewell and Robert Berry Jewell.
Writes from Paris, Ky.
Writes from Waban, Mass. Mentions Anna, Roy and Ray, Heury(or possibly Henry) being very ill, and visiting the farm (Wilmore?).
Writes from Fort Garrett, Ky. Mentions William Rodes and Lulie Logan in some letters. Beau of Mary Frazer Lancaster at one point, and writes to Frances about her many times. May be Robert/Bob Garrett.
Probably Marianne Dolly Reed, half-sister to Asa H. Jewell. Daughter of Mary F. Tillett Reed Jewell.
Writes from Cynthiana, Ky. Most likely Eva Berry Cromwell, sister to Lizzie Berry Jewell, and mother to Louise Cromwell and Belle Cromwell.
Probably Lizzie Berry Jewell's mother, Louisa Cass Dawson Berry, who lived with the Jewell family until her death in 1922.
Writes from Cynthiana, Ky. Probably John M. Cromwell, husband of Eva Berry Cromwell, and father to Louise Cromwell and Belle Cromwell. He wrote a column in the Cynthiana paper for several years called Cromwell's Comments, and several newspaper clippings of this column can be found in Robert Berry Jewell's papers.
Writes from Uniontown, Penn. Might be a Dawson family member, or could be John Dawson Berry, a brother to Lizzie Berry Jewell.
Writes from an Ashland Ave. address in Lexington, Ky., very near Frances Jewell's family home. Initials on stationary are either LWB or LBW.
Writes from Wilmore, Ky. Primarily a condolence letter on the death of Asa Hickman Jewell, Frances' father. Mentions Wilmore Garrett.
Writes from Harrodsburg, Ky. Possibly a paternal great-aunt.
Signs letters yr Coz. One letter is signed Turner, and the other is signed WTW, and the handwriting matches. Could be either W.T. Wilmore or W.T. Wilburn.
Comprised of letters written to Janet McVey [Mrs. Harry B. Tilton]; Virginia Morris [Mrs. James E.]; Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. McVey, Jr.; and John Berry Jewell. The letters to Janet, Virginia, and Frank, Jr., are written from Venezuela.
Comprised of cards, postcards and letters written to Frances from school classmates, friends from the Lexington, Ky. area, and friends and acquaintances met through mutual friends and travel. There are also a few outgoing letters written by Frances, including a 1902 letter to Dr. Edward O. Guerrant documenting Frances' early interest in being a missionary in the mountains. The bulk of the incoming correspondence comes from classmates from The Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, Penn.) and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), especially Ellen Coleman DuPont, Christina Browning Fisher, Martha Lukens Gibbons, and Marian Irwin. Baldwin School classmate Gibbons used the terms thee and thou routinely in her letters and may have been a Quaker. Also contains letters and drawings sent to Frances from Frank LeRond McVey during their courtship and early marriage (1922-1924). Prolific correspondents from the Lexington, Ky. area include Lulie E. Logan, Mary Frazer Lancaster, and Josephine E. Farrell. Also included are letters written to Frances between 1917 to 1920 from Bob C., a Lexington acquaintance who was in the military and stationed in England and France during World War I. There are also brief notes from James Kennedy Patterson, President Emeritus of what was then referred to as State College, later known as University of Kentucky, written to Frances during her employment at the University. Arranged alphabetically according to correspondent, then chronologically within each folder.
Home is listed as Brooklyn, N.Y., in The Baldwin School Annual. Stationary from Baldwin School and Hillbrow, Newtown, Conn.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Brooklyn, N.Y. Sometimes signs her letters as Hell.
Writes from Harrodsburg, Ky.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as St. David's, Penn.
A beau of Frances' friend Lilias Ollino Wheeler around 1912.
Home is listed in Vassar annual as Rochester, N.Y.
Very likely a beau of Frances'. Also a friend or acquaintance of her brother Bob, who mentions Eustace Bradley in his letters to Frances.
Might be the same person as Robert L. C., letters filed separately. Wrote multiple letters from England during World War I.
May be same person as Bob C., letters filed separately.
Writes from Lexington, Ky.
A scholarship girl at Harlan School. She might have been sponsored by an organization that Frances Jewell belonged to.
Home was likely in the Covington/ Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or Cincinnati, Ohio, area.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Ardmore, Penn. Married Charles Sharpe Townsend in 1912.
Writes from Mississippi.
Writes from Paris, Ky. and Cynthiana, Ky. Changes her signature, spelling of her name, spelling of her nickname, and penmanship style often, but the formation of certain letters and words are consistent and distinctive enough to group these letters together.
Writes from Glen Falls, N.Y., and Boston, Mass. Will alternate between signing either Margaret or Elizabeth. Handwriting matches under both names.
Frances Jewell's roommate for at least one of her years at The Baldwin School. Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Wilmington, Del.
Writes from Lexington, Ky.
Writes from Lexington, Ky. Probably sister to Josephine E. Farrell.
Writes from Lexington, Ky. Probably sister to Jane Farrell.
Writes from Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as New York, N.Y.
Mentions both Marian Irwin and Amy De Veaux Powell from Baldwin School in her letters to Frances Jewell.
Writes from Fort Garrett, Ky. May be a brother to, or related in some way to, Cousin Bob.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Ardmore, Penn. Might have been a Quaker- used thee and thou routinely in her correspondence.
He was a Pastor of Guerrant Memorial Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Ky.
Writes from, and went to school in Texas.
May have become Ione M. Stewart. Handwriting matches.
Writes from Worcester, Mass., where he attended Clark University. One letter is postmarked Pisgah, Ky.
Signs as Katherine or Kate. Mentions Cat and Martha W. (may be Martha Withers). Likely friends with Catherine Withers as well. May have been from Paris, Ky., or Cynthiana, Ky.
Home is listed as Saint Louis, Mo. in the Vassar annual. Husband was Horton Watkins.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Evanston, Ill.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Newburgh, N.Y.
Home is listed in The Baldwin School Annual as Tokyo, Japan.
Writes from New Haven, Conn., Somerville, N.J., and E. Jaffrey, N.H. Indicates that she was a junior when Frances Jewell was a freshman, but unsure if this was at Baldwin School or Vassar.
Home is listed in the Vassar annual as Yonkers, N.Y.
Writes from Kansas City, Mo.
All postal cards are written in French. Postmarks from Lexington, Ky. and Warren, Penn.
Writes most often from the Lexington, Ky., area. Wrote extensively to Frances Jewell.
Writes from Lexington, Ky. Wrote extensively to Frances Jewell.
Home listed as Philadelphia, Penn. in the Vassar annual.
Writes from Eagle Nest, N.Y. Some stationary headed Camp Blumont. May be related to Eric H. Marks.
Writes from Eagle Nest, N.Y. Some stationary headed Camp Blumont. May be related to Bernice Marks.
Writes from Danville, Ky. and Cynthiana, Ky.
Writes from Stanford, Ky.
Physician. May be related to Margaret McClellan.
Writes from Mississippi.
Letters contain several sketches of people and objects. Folder 12 contains envelopes with a processing note that reads 8 envelopes addressed to Frances Jewell made to appear from different hands, actually from President Frank LeRond McVey. Dec. 6-27, 1922 plus 5 envelopes from March-June 1923 when less discretion was needed. Frank L. McVey was University President when Frances Jewell was Dean of Women.
Writes from New York. Beau, then fiance to Lucy Penniman, a Vassar classmate of Frances Jewell.
Home listed as Kansas City, Mo., in the Vassar annual. Writes from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y.
Writes from Lexington, Ky. President Emeritus, State University.
Home listed as Asheville, N.C., in the Vassar annual.
Writes from both Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Home listed as Newtown Square, Penn., in The Baldwin School Annual.
Writes from Darien, Conn.
Writes from Texas and Kentucky. Might be Allen H. Rodes. May be related to William Rodes (brother?).
Writes from Dallas, Tex., but likely from Lexington, Ky. May be related to A.H. Rodes. Often signs Wm.
Writes from Lexington, KY.
Home is listed as Conshohocken, Penn. in The Baldwin School Annual.
Writes from Harrodsburg, Ky. Associated with the Pleasant Hill Shaker Community.
Writes from Lexington, Ky.
Writes from Wayne, Penn.
All postal cards, most written from Chester, Penn. Many of the cards contain only poetry and these initials.
Writes from Norfolk, Va.
Writes from Norfolk, Conn.
Writes from St. Albans, W. Va. Might be Evelyn Minerva Thomas.
Writes from Oakland, Calif.
Home is listed as Wilkes-Barre, Penn., in The Baldwin School Annual.
Writes from Caldwell College in Danville, Ky.
Home is listed as Brooklyn, N.Y., in the Vassar annual.
Contains a very long and detailed letter to Frances Jewell. Home is likely in California. Lilias and Frances Jewell were apparently close friends for many years. Newspaper clippings in Frances Jewell's papers contain a full page writeup of Lilias' wedding, including a large picture of Frances and Lilias.
Home is likely Lexington, Ky.
Likely an acquaintance from the Martinsville Sanitarium, where the Jewell family went periodically for rest or recuperation after an illness.
Writes from Caldwell College in Danville, Ky.
Writes from Mason City, Iowa. May be related to Lilias Wheeler.
Writes from Lexington, Ky., and the stationary is headed Fairlawn.
Home is listed in the Vassar annual as Pittsburgh, Penn.
Home is listed as Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in the Vassar annual.
Writes from Utica, NY.
Comprised of letters addressed to Dr. Edward O. Guerrant (1902?), Catherine Davis (1905), Laura J. Wylie (1913), Mr. A. F. Adams (undated), and Margaret [?], (undated). Also contains a letter written in 1913, addressed to Dearest Love. There is a reasonable chance that this was written to Lilias Wheeler, as there is a long letter in a similar tone in Lilias' folder to Frances. The letter to Dr. Guerrant, a pioneer missionary in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, is the earliest dated item in Frances Jewell's correspondence. Twelve year old Frances states that she is the secretary of a little home missionary society that would like to sponsor a mountain girl to school. She also states that she plans to become a missionary in the mountains someday.
Comprised of single letters and cards written to Frances from known correspondents. Items are arranged in chronological order.
Comprised of cards and letters written to Frances from unknown correspondents. The letters are either unsigned or the signatures are illegible. Arranged in chronological order.
Comprised of small diaries, scrapbooks, a memory book, a Thumbograph (autograph) book, and non-school-related writings by Frances. Also included are newspaper clippings, mostly pertaining to herself and loved ones; wedding, travel and events memorabilia; and a radio broadcast transcription of Shakers in Kentucky. Many of the diaries are short travel journals from trips to resorts, the coast, or to visit friends and relatives (1904-1907). The scrapbooks and memory books contain primarily newspaper and magazine clippings meant to improve the mind or inspire reflection. Her wedding service book and some wedding souvenirs are included. Writings about Kentucky are represented, including a typed booklet of Frances' favorite recipes. There is also a travel itinerary and her Vatican pass from her trip to Europe following her graduation from The Baldwin School (1910). A Thumbograph book is included, where signatures and thumbprints could be collected, much like an autograph book. Arranged chronologically.
Folders 1, 2, 5, and 6 include photocopies. Folder 4 is comprised of loose journal pages.
It is uncertain if this was actually written by Frances Jewell McVey, but it is likely, given her general interest in and history with Shakertown at Pleasant Hill.
Small, hardback booklet used to record individuals' inked thumbprint and signature. A form of autograph book. Contains several prints and signatures and some unidentified prints.
Comprised of essays; class notes and notebooks; debate notes; handwritten plays; poetry; correspondence, account books and notes relating to class officer positions; a Vassar College course catalog; and Vassar College class schedules. Also includes three yearbooks; class meeting notes; correspondence to Frances from school administration; interhall notes; to-do lists; personal account lists; and memorabilia. The series covers Frances’ school years from Sayre School (1905-1907, Lexington Ky.) to The Baldwin School (1907-1909, Bryn Mawr, Penn.), Vassar College ( 1909-1913, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), and Columbia University ( 1917-1918, New York, N.Y.). Arranged chronologically.
Includes some at home invitations.
Comprised of incoming correspondence, schoolwork, business letters, newspaper clippings, a notebook with business and travel notes (1910), a bank book, and a horse and mule purchase book documenting the life of Asa Hickman Jewell (1857-1937). The correspondence primarily contains incoming letters from family and friends (1879?-1935), with two letters written by Asa (1874-1910). School-related items include report cards and schoolwork, and some themes and writings by others, including Asa’s half-sister, Marianne Dolly Reed. Also included in this subseries is a copy of the constitution of the Epiphyllidian Union (Central University, Richmond, Ky.,1875?), and materials related to Asa's death and funeral (Lexington, Ky.,1937) Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder. Arranged in three subseries: Correspondence, Scholl-related items, and Everyday Life items.
Comprised of letters written to Asa from various family members and friends. The bulk of the letters are from his daughter, Frances Jewell McVey (1903-1930). Also includes letters written by Asa to his mother, Mary F. Tillett Jewell (1874), and brother-in-law, John D. Berry (1910); an envelope addressed to Mr. A .H. Jewell; and business/civic letters. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder.
See John Berry Jewell's series for a letter from Asa Hickman Jewell (father).
Comprised of report cards, essays and themes, a scrapbook, and books documenting Asa's education. The materials cover Asa's school years at Forest Academy (likely located near Louisville, KY., 1873?-1874) and Central University (Richmond, Ky.,1875-1878?). Includes themes and essays written by Asa's half-sister, Marianne Dolly Reed (1869-1876 and undated). Also contains writings by others (relationship to Asa unknown) and a copy of the Constitution of the Epiphyllidian Union (Central University, Richmond, Ky.,1875?). Arranged chronologically.
Half-sister to Asa Hickman Jewell. Themes written while Dolly was in college.
Primarily comprised of business documents, including bank and horse and mule purchase books, along with newspaper clippings. Asa's death is documented in this series with a copy of his funeral service and related materials; and flower and food enclosures (1937). One small notebook includes some travel notes from a trip to Europe (1910). Arranged chronologically.
Noland, Wilmore and Co., Bankers. Nicholasville, KY.
Primarily contains business notes on sales of livestock. Includes some handwritten travel notes from a trip to Europe. Mentions locations in Ireland, Swizterland, Italy and England.
Includes a list of persons who sent flowers.
Comprised of papers and artifacts from the life of Elizabeth Lizzie Sayre Berry Jewell (1861-1941). It consists of two subseries- Correspondence (1901-1941) and Everyday Life ([1910?]-1941). The Correspondence subseries contains primarily letters from family members. It also contains a card and letter written by Lizzie. The Everyday Life subseries includes her a copy of her funeral sermon, and a transcript of a radio broadcast of the Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration of Lizzie and Asa Hickman Jewell. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder. Everyday Life is arranged chronologically.
Comprised primarily of letters and cards from family members, friends, and acquaintances. The bulk of the correspondence is from her daughter, Frances Jewell McVey. Includes Golden Anniversary cards to Lizzie and Asa, and sympathy cards and letters on the death of Asa from both friends and family. Also includes some letters and cards written by Lizzie. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Comprised of letters written to Lizzie by immediate and extended family members. The bulk of the letters are from her daughter, Frances Jewell McVey. Also includes a folder of single correspondents. Arranged alphabetically.
Lived with the Jewell family in the later years of her life, up until her death in 1922.
Voluminous correspondence occurred between Lizzie and Frances during Frances' school years when she was away from home. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of letters and cards from friends and acquaintances. Includes a folder of single correspondents, and a letter written by Lizzie. Arranged alphabetically.
An instructor at Sayre Female Institute in Lexington, Ky., possibly when Frances Jewell attended.
Writes from San Francisco, Calif.
Comprised of one letter written to Lillias, a misspelling of Lilias Wheeler's name.
Comprised of notebooks, a daily diary, and business papers reflecting the daily life of Lizzie Berry Jewell. Includes a transcript of the radio broadcast of Lizzie and Asa's Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration, and Lizzie's funeral sermon and memorial book. Arranged chronologically.
Primarily comprises business and professional records, newspaper clippings, and incoming personal letters documenting the life of Robert Bob Berry Jewell (1896-1986), particularly his lifelong, extensive involvement with horses and horse racing. Business, club and association records include correspondence (including from Ty Cobb, 1940), account books, receipts, plans, notebooks, and breeding records regarding Pleasant view Farm livestock and sausage (Wilmore, Ky., 1909-1960 and undated); horse breeding (1910-1982 and undated); and local, national and international horse sales especially conducted by the Blooded Horse Sales Company (1940-1962 and undated). The newspaper clippings include a brief newspaper article written by Robert and several installments of Cromwell's Comments, a regular newspaper column written for the Cynthiana Democrat by John Cromwell, Robert's maternal uncle by marriage. Incoming personal letters include those written by sister Frances Jewell McVey (1943-1944), as well as letters written to Roberts' wife, Margaret McClure Elliott, from her family and friends. Drafts of Uncle Will of Wildwood, a story written by Robert Jewell and Frances Jewell McVey about family member William Goddard and published in 1974, are also included. Arranged in five subseries: Business papers; Clippings; Clubs, Associations, and Committees; Correspondence; and Uncle Will of Wildwood.
Comprised of correspondence, account books, receipts, plans, notebooks, and breeding records papers related to Robert's various business concerns: the livestock and sausage business at Pleasant View Farm in Wilmore, Ky. (1909-1960 and undated); breeding of standard bred horses (1910-1982 and undated); and standard bred horse sales through the Blooded Horse Sales Company (1940-1962 and undated). Included is a letter from Ty Cobb (1940) regarding purchases of Pleasant View Farm sausage. Arranged in Subsubseries by name or type of business and listed chronologically.
Comprised of notebooks, receipts, letters, pamphlets from other sausage producers related to sausage production and livestock breeding and sales at Pleasant View Farm in Wilmore, Ky. Also includes a contract and plans for a tobacco barn addition and a letter from Ty Cobb (1940) discussing the purchase and shipping of sausage. Arranged chronologically.
Contains some schoolwork of Robert Berry Jewell's, and later farm accounting that may have been written by another family member.
Comprised of receipts for life insurance premium, clothing, tobacco seed, and board and care of a horse.
Includes a letter from Ty Cobb (1940), several testimonials about the quality of the product, pamphlets advertising the product, and advertisements and pamphlets from other companies producing food products.
Small notebook with a few notes about withdrawals. This company appears to have produced flour, meal, and animal feeds.
This company produced hickory-smoked meats during the same era as Pleasant View Farm's sausage business.
Handwritten contract with Mrs. H. P. Kremer to add an addition to her tobacco barn.
Finely detailed artwork on card.
Includes description of state requirements for a commercial slaughterhouse, and blueprints for a slaughterhouse.
Comprised of American Trotting Register certificates (1910-1960 and undated); pedigree loose notes and notebooks (1922-1982 and undated); veterinary certificates (1946-1960); breeding contracts (1951-1962); notes on race speeds of individual horses (undated;, and a handwritten recipe for hoof ointment (undated). Arranged chronologically.
Includes some correspondence and documentation of individual horses.
Comprised of two items: one confirming that a mare is pregnant and a second confirming that a mare is not pregnant or barren and ready for breeding.
Notes on horses, their bloodlines, and racing speeds.
Primarily comprised of letters, contacts, receipts, sale lists, and photographs related to Robert's work with the Blooded Horse Sales Company and The Kentucky Agency. The materials concern local, national, and international horse sales. Also includes correspondence related to Audobon Park Raceway in Henderson, Ky. Arranged chronologically.
On small looseleaf paper, arranged by state.
Contains photographs of horses.
Primarily written by Sanders Russell, regarding training of horses.
Comprised of correspondence, notes, and contracts.
Folder 2 contains photographs of horses.
Contract between the Blooded Horse Sales Company and Mrs. H.T. Hutchison for the sale of horses and equipment.
Contains a letter from the Peruvian ambassador requesting 12 coach horses, of about the same color, age and height.
Comprised of entry forms, correspondence, and handwritten notes and documents. Conducted by the Blooded Horse Sales Company, of which Robert B. Jewell was a part.
Covers both professional interests and family. Includes a brief newspaper article written by Robert Jewell and several installments of Cromwell's Comments, a regular newspaper column written for the Cynthiana Democrat by Robert's maternal uncle by marriage. Also includes some photocopies. No arrangment.
Comprised of papers related to Robert's leadership involvement in various social, civic and professional organizations (1927-1978 and undated). Includes papers regarding his involvement with the Livestock Research Foundation (1954 and undated). Arranged by folder in chronological order.
One page list of horses, their pedigrees, and race speeds.
The letter is written to the State Fair Board with a request to lease state fairgrounds property. The letter is signed by Fred R. Sydney, secretary of the Jefferson County Trotting Association. Attached to this letter is a paper listing laws or guidelines regarding transport, storage, and sale of meat.
Includes Articles of Incorporation and list of officers, of which Robert B. Jewell is listed as Membership Chairman.
This meeting included the passing of the chairmanship of the Board from Robert B. Jewell to Mr. Kurtz, effective in July of that year.
Comprised of letters from family and friends, and sympathy notes and letters following the death of Asa Hickman Jewell (1937-1938), Lizzie Berry Jewell (1941), and Frances Jewell McVey (1945). Also includes letters written to his wife, Margaret McClure Elliott, from her brother Julian Elliott (1929-1935) and others (1949-1967 and undated). Arranged in chronological order.
Single letters from Stuart Peabody, Ken McCarr, Dr. Frances Massie, Robert's daughter Frances, Billy Goodwin, Anna Belle Brough, Asa Hickman Jewell, Edward Peck Curtis, Frosty,C. Howard Requa, Jr., Florence and Will Keller, and two letters with illegible signatures.
Comprised of letters written to Robert Jewell's wife, Margaret, from her brother.
Comprised of gift or flower enclosures from Robert's 80th birthday and a notice of jury duty.
Comprised of multiple whole and partial copies (1939-1974) of a story about a relative of Robert Jewell and Frances Jewell McVey's, William Goddard. The writing began in the 1930's while Frances Jewell McVey was still living, but it is unclear how much she contributed to the writing of the story. When it was published in 1974, Robert Jewell listed Frances as a co-author, and put her name first in the statement of responsibility. Early copies of the work, however, have only Robert Jewell listed as author. Arranged in chronological order.
Title page had handwritten in pen and then crossed out & Frances Jewell McVey.
Dedicated to Elizabeth Elliott Browne, Robert Jewell's granddaughter. In the author's note, Robert Jewell attributes Frances Jewell McVey as the book's co-author.
Board of Trustees of Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, reception to honor Robert Jewell on the occasion of the publication of Uncle Will of Wildwood.
Only the illustrations are proofed in this copy. Consists of only 95 pages. In this copy, Frances Jewell Mcvey is listed as the first co-author on the title page.
Copy with handwritten title page listing only Robert Berry Jewell as the author. Some handwritten edits throughout.
All are incomplete. Some are cut and pasted together. Some pages appear to have been exposed to fire or high heat. All title pages list Robert Jewell as the sole author.
Comprised of incoming letters from friends (1902-1907) and an account and livestock book (1924-1940) from the life of John Berry Jewell (1886-1946). Arranged in chronological order.
Two letters from Mary C. Hudson, postmarked from Danville, Ky. One postcard signed Haldeman,postmarked from Oxford, Ohio.
Comprised of papers from the life of John Michael Berry (1830-1892). Consists of a single letter written by John to a brother or brother-in-law (1892), the Oak Hill Herd catalog of shorthorn cattle (1884), and various loose papers previously removed from the catalog (1897 and undated). Arranged chronologically.
Herd book of short horn cattle owned by John. Edges are charred and fragile.
Comprised of a single letter. The recipient is only referred to as Bro.
Comprised primarily of business and household accounts records (1814-1853), including a land indenture dated 1814 related to the lives of John Moses Jewell (1776-1853), grandfather of Asa Hickman Jewell, and possibly John Moses Jewell's son, John L. Jewell, sometimes referred to as John, Jr. (1812-1882). Documents in this series often bear the name John Jewell without qualifying initials; it is thus unclear to which John Jewell the documents pertain. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of a legal contract between John Jewell, Abram Fulkerson and William Fulkerson. Given the date (1814), this is likely John Moses Jewell, grandfather of Asa Hickman Jewell.
Comprised of receipts and other financial papers related to business, household, and personal purchases. Includes receipts for doctor visits and drugs for John Jewell, likely associated with John Moses Jewell's final illness. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of envelopes postmarked with only the date and no year. Includes one envelope addressed to an attorney, with a return address from another attorney. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of bank, business and household account books and ledgers, cancelled checks, notebooks with photocopies, and estate documents relating to John L. Jewell (John Jewell, Jr., 1812-1882), Frances Jewell McVey's paternal grandfather. Includes a guardianship account book (1872-1876) that contains the name of Marianne Dolly Reed. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of account ledger papers, cancelled checks, promissory notes, household accounts. Arranged chronologically.
Pages are headed with a name, and their account debits and credits. May be tenant farmers, or farm laborers.
From several different banks, all within the Lexington/Nicholasville/Wilmore area.
Guardianship accounts for Sarah E. Watter, William L. Watter, and Marianne Dolly Reed. Marianne was the daughter of John L. Jewell's third wife, Mary F.Tillett Reed, from a previous marriage.
Leather wallet-style notebook.
Comprised of family letters; photograph albums; souvenirs and jokes; business and estate papers; artifacts; and ephemera relating to or accumulated by members of the Jewell family, but which cannot be associated with an individual person. Names included in the correspondence, business, and estate records are John W. Reed (1845-1877), James S. Hawkins (1864-1904 and undated), John Dawson (1820-1837), Louisa Cass Berry (1902 and undated), Janet McVey (1912), Ann Dawson (1939), and Mrs. M.F. Jewell (undated). Series includes a list of slave lots (undated, after ), along with persons the slaves were allotted to, including James Jewell; a 1961 humorous poem about demolishing Belle Brezing's Lexington, Ky., brothel; advertizing pamphlets for Shredded Wheat (copyright 1912, Niagara Falls, N.Y.); a handwritten flyer for a women's voting rights rally; a handwritten recipe for curing ring bone and spavin; and an undated Shakertown report. Arranged in four subseries: Letters; Business, Household and Estate Papers; Photograph Albums; and Artifacts and Ephemera.
Comprised of papers related to the estates of John W. Reed (1845-1877) and James S. Hawkins (1904); a listing of lotts of slaves (undated, after ); household lists and receipts (1864-1904 and undated); business and association related papers (1921-1969 and undated); and a report on Shakertown in Pleasant Hill, Ky. (undated). Arranged chronologically.
Includes John W. Reed's address book, the sale bill from the estate of John W. Reed, and photocopies. This may have been the father or grandfather of Marianne Dolly Reed, half-sister to Asa Hickman Jewell. Arranged chronologically.
The name James Jewell is listed as having been allotted lott no.3. It is unclear whether this was an auction, or the settling of an estate. List likely compiled sometime after 1855, and before 1865. The name, age, marital status, and monetary value of the individual slave is listed, as well as the names of those allotted the slaves.
Includes photocopies; checks signed by John P. Davis; tax receipts made to Marianne Dolly Reed; blacksmith receipt; tax receipts made to Asa Jewell; tax receipts made to Elisha Jewell; Mary F Jewell application for membership to the Kentucky Grangers Mutual Benefit Society (Asa Jewell's mother).
Contains a 1921 receipt for a recharge of an electric car owned by Robert Jewell, torn checks from the Phoenix National Bank (Lexington, Ky.), a pamphlet from the Philadelphia Consumers League, and a purchase stub from a horse sale in Delaware, Ohio. The stub has written on it, Interloper, Nov 10 1969 and bought by Syndicate. The sale company was the Blooded Horse Sales Co. Arranged chronologically.
Originally located in Frances Jewell McVey's papers.
Comprised of artifacts removed from papers throughout the collection (1899 and undated); events programs (1908-1922 and undated); travel and recreation items (1909-1910 and undated); advertisements and flyers (1912 and undated); souvenirs and jokes (undated), a handwritten ingredient list and recipe cure (undated); and prayers, notes, poetry, and cards (1878-1961 and undated). Arranged chronologically
Comprised of a photography receipt dated 1878 to Nannie Jewell, various calling cards and business cards, blank checks, a list of persons attending a 1914 reunion of the Hildreth family, drawings, poetry and prayers. Includes a humorous typewritten poem (1961) about the demolition of the house where Belle Brezing operated a brothel (Lexington, Ky.). Writers are unknown. Arranged chronologically.
Includes two fabric detachable collars, picture frames, leather notebook and wallet, powder paper booklets, dried flowers, a small ribbon-tied chamois to Uncle Asa from Belle (1899), and a tiny novelty pencil removed from Frances Jewell's series. No arrangement.
Comprised of a program celebrating the 75th birthday of A.N. Gordon, who may have been a teacher of Asa Jewell. Includes a card celebrating the semi-centennial escape of A.N. Gordon and another soldier from a Union prison train car in 1864. The card has a confederate flag on it. Also includes a 1908 banquet program for Phi Delta Theta, and a program of dances (undated). Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of a railroad schedule booklet, two railway tickets, several ticket stubs, a golf score card, a blessing by Saint Francis and two labels cut from ?Italian wine boxes. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of a pamphlet about Shredded Wheat with beautiful color artwork (copyright 1912), and a small booklet with pictures of the Shredded Wheat manufacturing plant and surrounding area in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Also contains a handwritten flyer urging attendance at a rally for women's voting rights, an advertisement for a play at the Gaiety Theatre, and a bookmark advertising the Scottish Widow's Fund. Arranged chronologically.
Includes a flyer advertising a joke auction taking place because the owner intends to commit suicide.
Comprised of letters written to various family members of Frances Jewell McVey, including John Dawson (1820-1837); Louisa Cass Berry (1902 and undated); Janet McVey (1912); Ann Dawson (1939); and Mrs. M.F. Jewell (undated). Also includes cards and letters to unknown recipients (1901 and undated), and blank postcards. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of two letters from Thomas P. Ray. Dawson is a family name within Lizzie Berry Jewell's family. Includes photocopies. Arranged chronologically.
Comprised of two signed cards, and a handwritten letter addressed to My chatauqua friend (1901).
Comprised of letters from Emily Sturgeon, who addresses Louisa as sister; John M. Berry, husband; and John N. Dawson. Arranged chronologically.
Envelope contains brown paper patterns. Dawson is a family name associated with Lizzie Berry Jewell's family.
Likely Mary Frank?/Frances? Tillett Jewell, the mother of Asa H. Jewell, Sr., Nannie Jewell Embry, and Marianne Dolly Reed
Comprised of one canvas and leather photo album (1920) belonging to Margaret McClure Elliott, and one leather photo album (undated) with an embossed Native American Indian chief on the cover. Photos are not identified. Arranged chronologically.
No photos are identified.
Owner unknown; photos are not labeled.
Alphabetized subject entries and correspondent lists for Frances' and Lizzie's letters, handwritten on index cards. Unknown creator.
On index cards; author unknown.
On index cards; author unknown.