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J. Winston Coleman scrapbooks
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
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[Identification of item], J. Winston Coleman scrapbooks, 1799-1983, 1F87M-820, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
6 Reels of microfilm.
Author. J. Winston Coleman was born November 5, 1898, in Lexington, Ky. He was educated in private and public schools in Lexington and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. For several years he engaged in the construction business with his friend, John W. Davis, Sr. but in 1936 he took over the operation of the family farm, where he built, two miles north of town, the home "Winburn". His adventures into the literary field began in the early 1930's and he became one of the state's most respected historians, authors and collectors of Kentuckiana. Some of his most well known works include STAGECOACH DAYS IN THE BLUEGRASS (1935), SLAVERY TIMES IN KENTUCKY (1940), FAMOUS KENTUCKY DUELS (1953), LEXINGTON DURING THE CIVIL WAR (1968) and HISTORIC KENTUCKY (1967).
These are the microfilm copies of the scrapbooks of J. Winston Coleman containing newspaper articles, photographs and documents relating to Kentucky history. Most of the contents are related to Coleman and his works. Items of personal interest including family histories of the Payne and Sutton families and papers from Coleman's grandfather concerning his businesses of rope making and logging manufacturing are present. Documents on church histories, historic buildings and funerals are among the papers as well as eulogies and slave related materials. Several documents relate to John Hunt Morgan including legal cases and his marriage to Rebecca G. Bruce in 1848.
References to Joel T. Hart, Henry Clay letters and documents, articles about William (King) Solomon, material on the Harp Brothers, letters from Jesse Stuart, Hatfield-McCoy feud items, references to the Beachamp-Sharp duel and Belle Brezing articles are some of the documents incorporated into Coleman's scrapbooks. Also included are articles about Man O' War, references to "The Book Thieves" (a literary club of which Coleman was a member), articles about Otto A. Rothert and many photographs of historic Kentucky, Lexington landmarks as well as famous personalities and dignitaries.