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Robert Simms Strader papers, 1864

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73m29 Robert Simms Strader papers, 1864-1955 73M29 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 2012 February 14 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-07-30T13:51-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Robert Simms Strader papers 73M29 University of Kentucky Special Collections 1.8 Cubic feet 3 boxes, 1 item 1864-1955 Housed with multiple collections. Strader, Robert Simms, 1869-1955 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 73M29: [identification of item], Robert Simms Strader papers, 1864-1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note 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. Scope and Contents note 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. Arrangement note Collection is arranged by format. Forkland Farm (Ky.). Animal pedigrees. Broadsides. Catalogs. Harness racing--Kentucky. Horse breeders--Kentucky. Horse trading--Kentucky. Horse trainers--Kentucky. Horses--Training. Lithography. Correspondence I 1891-1948 Scope and Contents note The Correspondence series contains business letters about horse breeding, selling, and training. 2 2 1891, 1901-1910 2 3 1911 January-June 2 4 1911 July-December 2 5 1912 January-February 2 6 1912 March-April 2 7 1912 May-June 2 8 1912 July-August 2 9 1912 September-December 2 10 1913 January- April 2 11 1913 May-December 3 1 1914 January-May 3 2 1914 June-December 3 3 1923, 1929-1930 3 4 1931 3 5 1932-1933, 1947-1948 General II 1850-1955 Scope and Contents note 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. Biographical information 2 1 1910-1955 Newspapers 1 3 1850-1914 Notes 3 10 1925, undated Stallion Service Record 3 6 1886, 1890 Printed materials III 1875-1955 Scope and Contents note The Printed materials series includes programs, pamphlets, and books about horse racing. Programs, postcards, pamphlets 3 7 1875-1955 Printed materials 3 8 1901-1931 Lithographs 1 2 undated Scrapbook IV 1864-1893 Scope and Contents note The Scrapbook series contains a scrapbook that was compiled by Strader and a folder of items removed from the scrapbook. Scrapbook 1 1864-1874 Items from scrapbook 3 9 1871-1876, 1893 Robert Simms Strader papers