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Marvin Nell Darnell papers, 1898

Part of Marvin Nell Darnell papers

57m18 Marvin Nell Darnell papers, 1898-1955 57M18 Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2011 December 2 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-09-15T17:00-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard 2012 February 23 Marvin Nell Darnell papers 57M18 University of Kentucky Special Collections 3.75 Cubic feet 8 boxes, 1 item, 1 folder 1898-1955 Darnell, Marvin Nell, 1880-1957 Custodial History note Darnell, Dorothy. Gift, September 21, 1957. Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to materials in this collection belong to the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Preferred Citation note 57M18: [Identification of item], Marvin Nell Darnell papers, 1898-1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note Born in Adair County, Kentucky, Marvin Nell moved to Frankfort in 1896 and married James Samuel Darnell in 1901. Governor Flem Sampson appointed Darnell to the position of director and executive secretary of the first Kentucky State Park Commission in 1928. As director, she secured federal funds for the George Rogers Clark federal monument at Pioneer Memorial State Park in Harrodsburg. She also participated in the dedication of the Lincoln Marriage Temple in 1931. Darnell was very active in Republican party politics, both on the speaking circuit and at the organizational level, as well as a frequent supporter of women's club activities. Source: Marvin Nell. Family Tree Maker Online. 2009. Web. 2 December, 2011. Robertson, Christina. My Irish/Greek Family. Rootsweb. Ancestry.com. 22 October 2008. Web. 2 December 2011. Scope and Contents note The Marvin Nell Darnell papers comprise materials relating to Darnell's work on the Kentucky State Parks Commission. Included are correspondence; financial papers regarding state park expenses; a bound volume of Minutes, Orders and Records of the Kentucky State Parks Commission business; dedication speeches; and promotional materials for multiple state parks in Kentucky. A large portion of the material revolves around the Pioneer Memorial State Park, the Lincoln Marriage Temple, and Old Fort Harrod State Park. A manuscript journal records the Darnells' trip through the northeast in 1921. The collection also contains numerous materials pertaining to Kentucky history, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Heritage Program, and various other places and events. Noteworthy items include the folder regarding Governor Laffoons administration and Darnells final days as the State Parks Commission director, souvenir programs about the Kentucky state capital, and copies of the George Washington Bicentennial News. Arrangement note The collection is arranged by subject. Cumberland Falls State Park (Ky.). Ephraim McDowell House (Danville, Ky.). Kentucky. Dept. of Parks. Liberty Hall (Frankfort, Ky.). Lincoln Marriage Temple (Harrodsburg, Ky.). Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Natural Bridge State Resort Park (Ky.). Correspondence. Frankfort (Ky.) Harrodsburg (Ky.)--History. Parks--Kentucky. Women--Political activity--Kentucky. Correspondence I 1921-1945 Scope and Contents note The Correspondence series contains letters to and from Darnell regarding State Park Commission business, including the Lincoln Marriage Temple dedication and events at the Pioneer Memorial State Park in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The file containing letters from Governor Laffoon's administration regarding Darnell's last days as State Park Commission's executive secretary is of particular note. 1925-1931 2 1 1925-1931 1945, undated 2 2 1945, undated State Park Commission 2 3 1921 August- 1933 August Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs 2 4 1931 January-June War Department 2 5 1931 May-December George D. Pratt 2 6 1932 June- 1933 October Laffoon's Administration 2 7 1932 February-May Boonesboro 2 8 1933-1934 D.A.R. Dedications and Memorials 2 9 1928-1930 Lincoln Temple Dedication 2 10 1931-1932 Pioneer Memorial 2 11 1931-1932, undated Financial papers II 1928-1932 Scope and Contents note The Financial papers series contains expense account records for the State Park Commission, including Darnell's travel expenses, and a record of salaries for the Park Commission employees. Also included are financial records for the Natural Bridge, Blue Licks, and Blue and Gray state parks. State Park Commission expense accounts 3 1 1931 Legal and Financial Papers, Natural Bridge, Blue Licks, and Blue and Gray State Parks 3 2 1930-1931 Natural Bridge financials 3 3 1928-1932 Journal III 7 10 1921 Scope and Contents note A manuscript journal records the Darnells' trip through the northeast in 1921. Speeches IV 1928-1939 Scope and Contents note The Speeches series contains typed copies of speeches given at events and dedications at state parks, such as Pioneer Memorial State Park, Kentucky Natural Bridge State Park, and the Lincoln Marriage Temple. Also included are political speeches by Governor Flem Sampson and a radio address by Darnell. Speeches 2 12 1928-1939 Speeches, Dedications, and Programs 2 13 1930-1938 Darnell Radio Address 2 14 1931 May 28 Subject Files V 1898-1955 Scope and Contents note The Subject Files series contains promotional materials and event programs from various state parks in Kentucky. Informational brochures, souvenir programs, invitations, and newspapers also feature prominently. Abraham Lincoln Foundation and Memorial University 5 13 1929-1930, undated American Flag 6 3 1916-1945 The American Heritage Program 1 4 1948, undated The American Heritage Program and Freedom Train 6 2 1936-1949 Armistice Day 6 4 1933, undated Art 7 2 1925-1933, undated Barbourville Park 3 4 1929 Blue and Gray State Park 3 5 1929-1930 Blue Licks Park 3 6 undated Breaks of the Big Sandy 3 7 undated Butler Memorial Park 3 8 undated A Century of Progress with Frankfort 1 3 1949 Character 8 1 undated Christmas 8 2 1936-1948 The Club Woman and Insurance 7 5 1925-1931 Columbus Battlefield 3 9 1930, undated Cumberland Falls 3 10 1929-1931, undated Cumberland Falls State Park 3 11 1931, undated Cumberland State Park 3 12 undated Constitution 7 6 1936 D.A.R. History and Correspondence 6 1 1935, undated Ephraim McDowell 6 5 1932-1939 Flood photographs 5 12 1937, undated Frankfort 5 5 1898, 1941, undated Frankfort Sesquicentennial 5 4 1936 George Washington Bicentennial 6 6 1931-1932, undated George Washington Bicentennial News 1 5 1931 February-March Glass 6 7 undated Harrodsburg brochures 3 13 1931, undated Harrodsburg Dedication programs 3 15 1934 November 16 Harrodsburg Monument Dedications 3 14 1932-1934 Harrodsburg printed materials 3 16 1929-1949 History of Money 6 8 undated Invitations and programs 7 3 1920-1938 Kentucky brochures 4 11 1931, undated Kentucky Capitol brochures 5 6 1939, 1945, undated Kentucky Club Woman 7 4 1924-1925 Kentucky Inaugural Programs 6 9 1943-1955 Kentucky News 5 3 1930-1939, undated Kentucky printed materials 5 2 1929-1934 Kentucky souvenir programs 5 1 1924, undated Kentucky State Fair 3 17 1928 Kentucky's New Capitol 5 7 undated Laurel County Information Series 5 9 undated Lewis A. Tarascon, "To the people of the United States...", broadside photocopy OVF-22 undated Liberty Hall 5 10 1940, undated Lincoln 6 10 1931-1937, undated Lincoln Lore Journal 3 18 1931 June- 1932 April, 1940 Lincoln Marriage Temple 4 1-2 1931-1939 Lincoln Memorial University 50th anniversary 5 14 1941 January 27 Minor Clark home 5 11 1955 Minutes, Kentucky State Park Commission 1 1928 May 1-1932 May 1 Mountain Laurel Festival 4 3 1931 Old Governor's Mansion 5 8 undated Old Mulkey Meeting House 4 6 1931 Pamphlets 4 8 1929-1931, undated Patriotism 8 3 undated Personality 8 4 undated Philosophy 8 5 undated Pioneer Park programs and correspondence 4 4 1930 Piqua-Ohio Centennial 4 5 1930-1937 Presidential Inaugurations 7 1 1933, 1953 Printed Materials 7 7-8 1925-1951 Samuel Woodfill mural 4 7 1939 August 10 Shakespeare 8 6 undated State park brochures 4 9 undated State park programs 4 10 1921-1936 War and Patriotism 7 9 undated Wife of Hippocrates 8 7 undated Marvin Nell Darnell papers