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Thomas Hart papers, 1767-1831

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Thomas Hart papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Thomas Hart papers, 1767-1831, 1M52W111, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


.25 cubic ft. (143 pieces)


Land agent. Thomas Hart was one of the organizers of the Transylvania Company, dedicated to the establishment of settlements and commerce within pioneer Kentucky. He aided in the negotiation of the treaty through which the company purchased parts of Virginia and North Carolina and the greater portions of Kentucky and Tennessee from the Cherokees for approximately 10,000 pounds sterling. Hart was connected with Kentucky's most prominent families. His daughter, Lucretia, married Henry Clay and his niece, Susanna Hart, married Isaac Shelby.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, legal documents, and other materials relating to the family and business interests of Colonel Thomas Hart. These included letters to and from Isaac Shelby, letters from Walter Alves, legal documents signed by Henry Clay, and accounts of the Transylvania Company.


  • Hart, Thomas, 1730-1808.
  • Hart family.
  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
  • Fleming, John.
  • Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826.
  • Transylvania Company.
  • Business records--Kentucky.
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Kentucky.
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer.
  • Businessmen--Kentucky.
  • Deeds.
  • Surveys (land)

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.