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Mabel McVey scrapbook, 1878-1904

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Processed by Archives Staff in June 2007 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Janice Childers


Mabel McVey scrapbook




University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


This collection is arranged in book format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2007ua011: [identification of item], Mabel McVey scrapbook, University of Kentucky Archives.


0.35 cubic feet (1 box)


The Mabel McVey scrapbook contains ephemera relating to Mabel and Frank McVey from 1898-1904.


Mabel Moore Sawyer was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Sawyer of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1898 where she had been a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. In September of the same year Mabel Sawyer and Frank LeRond McVey were married at the Westminster church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The couple remained in Minneapolis where they had four children, one of whom died in infancy. In 1909 she left Minnesota when her husband accepted the presidency at the University of North Dakota. After eight years in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Frank McVey accepted the presidency at the University of Kentucky, and the McVey family moved to Lexington where Mabel would reside until her death in 1922.

While in Lexington, Mabel Sawyer McVey exemplified the life of a progressive reformer. She remained active in the national organization of her sorority while also becoming a member of both the Central Kentucky Woman's Club and the University Women's Club. She also served as president of the Fayette County League of Women Voters. Before her death she had been chosen as a delegate to the Pan-American Conference held in conjunction with the National League of Women Voters.

In March, 1922 Mabel Sawyer McVey health declined and she was hospitalized. She remained at Good Samaritan Hospital for weeks while the doctors tried to diagnose her illness. Mabel Sawyer McVey died on April 19, 1922 after complications related to a surgery in which the doctors removed an ovarian cyst and her appendix. Her funeral was conducted at Maxwell Place on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

Scope and Content

The Mabel McVey scrapbook contains clippings, cyanotypes, cards, ticket stubs, receipts, programs, and invitations for or relating to Mabel and Frank McVey from 1898-1904. The first page of the scrapbook contains a clipping that reads, "The engagements of two of our seniors have been announced - Mabel Sawyer to Dr. Frank L. McVey, Phi Gamma Delta, assistant professor of Political Economy and brother of Kate McVey, 1900." A handwritten date indicates that the scrapbook was begun in September of 1898. Included within the scrapbook is an invitation for the McVey wedding on September 21st 1898 and many clippings regarding the actual event. Also documented within the book are tickets from events on their travels such as museum tickets to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. There are also cyanotypes of the birthplace and other locations in England including Heaton Hall, Hospital of Robert Leicester, and Chester Cathedral. There are also opera and concert programs. The bulk of the scrapbook contains invitations to social events in Minneapolis, California, New York, and other locations.


  • McVey, Mabel, 1875-1922.
  • McVey, Frank LeRond, 1869-1953.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • England.
  • Women -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Manners and customs -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Scrapbooks.

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The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.