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Duncan family letters, 1803

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71m38 Duncan family letters, 1803-1864 71M38 Duncan family letters 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 October 21 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-07-28T10:20-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard 2015 May 21 Accession 2014ms0240 added and description updated by Megan Mummey Duncan family letters 71M38 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.68 Cubic feet 2 boxes 1803-1864 The Duncan family letters (dated 1803-1864; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise correspondence to Henry Timberlake Duncan, Jr. from family and friends. Duncan family 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 71M38: [Identification of item], Duncan family letters, 1803-1864, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note Henry Timberlake Duncan was a farmer and livestock breeder, who owned two farms in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and maintained a family estate, Duncannon, outside Lexington. He also acted as president of the Clay Monument Association in the 1850s. His son, Henry Timberlake Duncan, Jr., attended Harvard and became a major in the United States Army, the founder of the Lexington Daily Press in 1870, and the mayor of Lexington twice. His sister, Mary Duncan, attended the Pittsfield Institute for Young Ladies. Scope and Contents note The Duncan family letters (dated 1803-1864; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise correspondence to Henry Timberlake Duncan, Jr. from family and friends. The letters date from 1803-1863, with the bulk of the letters written during the 1850s while Henry Duncan, Jr. attended Harvard College. The majority of the letters were written by Duncan's father, Henry J. Duncan, Sr.; his mother; his sister, Mary Duncan, while she was at the Pittsfield Institute for Young Ladies; and his cousin, H.D. Jenkins. Duncan's school friends, such as C.W. Horne, J.H. Richardson, and Henry M. Bond, also wrote frequently. Subjects covered include the Civil War, slavery, railroads, lynching, fairs, politics, the depression of 1857, and an Asiatic cholera outbreak in 1832. Some letters written in the 1850s from Henry Duncan, Sr., mention the plans of the Clay Monument Association. Arrangement note Collection is arranged chronologically. Immediate Source of Acquisition note Gift, 1966 Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887 Brown, John, 1800-1859 Clay Monument Association. Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 Clay, Thomas Hart, 1803-1871 Davis, Garrett, 1801-1872 Duncan family Duncan, Henry Timberlake, 1800-1880 Duncan, Henry Timberlake, 1836-1912 Harvard University. Pittsfield Institute for Young Ladies. Simms, William E., (William Elliott), 1822-1898 Agriculturists. Cholera--Kentucky. Elections--Kentucky. Fairs--Kentucky. Lynching. Private schools. Railroads--Illinois--Chicago. Students. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865. 1 1 1803, 1852 Scope and Contents note Letter dated 1803 is a photocopy. 1 2 1853-1854 1 3 1855 January-March 1 4 1855 April-July 1 5 1855 August-December 1 6 1856 January-June 1 7 1856 July-December 1 8 1857 January-May 1 9 1857 June-December 1 10 1858 January-June 1 11 1858 July-December 2 1 1859 January-March 2 2 1859 April-December 2 3 1860 January-June 2 4 1860 July-December 2 5 1861 2 6 1862 January-March, undated Henry T. Duncan, Jr. letter to wife, Elizabeth Duncan 2 7 1864 November 23 Duncan family letters