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Henry Stites Barker presidential papers
University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections
This collection is arranged in three series by subject:
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
0000ua002: [identification of item], Henry Stites Barker presidential papers, University of Kentucky Archives.
3.02 cubic feet (9 boxes)
The Henry Stites Barker presidential papers predominantly consist of correspondence between the President and various faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members and institutions outside of the university. There are also numerous reports on topics such as agriculture and engineering as well as annual reports.
Henry Stites Barker, son of Richard Henry and Caroline H. Sharp Barker, was born in Newstead, Christian County, Kentucky on July 23, 1850. The oldest of three boys, Barker's young education consisted of formal training. He was heavily influenced by the men in his life such as his uncles and stepfather, Judge Henry Stites, for whom he was named. In 1869, Barker entered the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky where he was involved in both the military department and the literary society. In 1872, instead of returning to his studies, Barker decided to study law under the guidance of his stepfather. Two years later he was admitted to the Kentucky Bar and then Barker formed a partnership with his younger brother, Maxwell. In 1884, Barker married his cousin Kate Meriwether and, along with his brother Maxwell and his wife, they built a house and lived together on Cherokee Parkway.
Barker's political career began in 1888 when he ran and won the race for City Attorney of Louisville on the Democratic ticket. In 1896, he was elected Judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court, Criminal Division and in the fall of 1902, he was elected to the Court of Appeals and served as Chief Justice during the last year of his term. Although he did not finish his course of study at the Agricultural and Mechanical College, he was appointed a Board of Trustees member by Governor J.C.W. Beckham in 1900. In 1911, he was appointed President of the State University where he served until 1917. After his term as president, Barker returned to private law practice in Louisville. In 1921 he was elected Judge of the Third Division, Common pleas branch of the Jefferson circuit on the Republican ticket and was re-elected in 1927. Barker died on April 23, 1928, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, while he was visiting at the home of a cousin.
The Henry Stites Barker presidential papers predominantly consist of correspondence between the President and various faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members and institutions outside of the university. A large part of the correspondence is alphabetized according to the sender or receiver of Barker's letters. There are also numerous reports on topics such as agriculture and engineering as well as annual reports. A small portion of the collection consists of speeches handwritten by President Barker and newspaper articles in which he was mentioned.
The Correspondence series consists of letters written by or sent to President Barker concerning issues related to the University of Kentucky. A large section was previously alphabetized by sender or receiver. There is also a small collection of correspondence dealing with the business administration of the University and was marked as received from the storage files of the Business Office.
This series is arranged chronologically and aplphabetically.
The Reports series consists of various reports arranged chronologically and deal primarily with Engineering and Agriculture issues at the time. There are also detailed annual reports that were given to President Barker with notes and annotations from the faculty and staff in charge of gathering the information.
The Other Materials series consists of various topics including speeches, court cases, and newspaper articles. The speeches were all handwritten by President Barker and the folder on biographical information gives a more in depth look at his life.