Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess
Robert Simms Strader papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged by format.
Housed with multiple collections.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
73M29: [identification of item], Robert Simms Strader papers, 1864-1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
1.8 Cubic feet
3 boxes, 1 item
Robert Simms Strader was born in Boone County, Kentucky, on the stock farm owned by his father, Robert Stuart Strader. In 1875, the elder Strader sold the farm and moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he operated a stable and the Lexington trotting track. At seventeen years of age, the younger Strader began an apprenticeship in the horse business and eventually became a renown horse breeder, trainer, and agent. In 1909, Strader bought Forkland Farm near Lexington and continued to produce many well-known harness racers. He is the father of international socialite and fashion icon, Countess Mona Strader Bismarck.
The Robert Simms Strader papers consist of correspondence, records, memorabilia, and a scrapbook relating to the breeding, selling, racing, and training of horses. The correspondence concerns the operation of Strader's horse farm, Forkland Farm, and his role as breeder and trainer. The collection also includes a Stallion Service Records book and various printed materials, such as race track programs, horse clubs and associations pamphlets, and postcards. A scrapbook, compiled by Strader, contains clippings about horse racing, pedigree, breeding, and health as well as death notices for celebrated horses.
The Correspondence series contains business letters about horse breeding, selling, and training.
The General series contains a Stallion Service Record book, notes by Strader, and newspapers about horse racing. The folder labeled Biographical information includes an account of Strader's life; newspaper clippings about major events; such as his daughter's death; and tax returns.
The Printed materials series includes programs, pamphlets, and books about horse racing.
The Scrapbook series contains a scrapbook that was compiled by Strader and a folder of items removed from the scrapbook.