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The Inventory of County Archives of Kentucky is one of a number of bib-
liographies of historical materials prepared throughout the United States
by workers on the Historical Records Survey of the Works Progress Adminis-
tration. The publication herewith presented, an inventory of the archives
of Laurel County, is number 65 of the Kentucky series.
5 The Historical Records Survey was undertaken in the winter of 1955-56
for the purpose of providing useful employment to needy unemployed histori-
ans, lawyers, teachers, and research and clerical workers. In carrying out
this objective, the project was organized to compile inventories of histori-
cal materials, particularly the unpublished government documents and records
which are basic in the administration of local government, and which provide
invaluable data for students of political, economic, and social history.
The archival guide herewith presented is intended to meet the requirements
of day-to-day administration by the officials of the county, and also the
needs of lawyers, business men, and other citizens who require facts from
the public records for the proper conduct of their affairs. The volume is
so designed that it can be used by the historian in his research in un-
printed sources in the same way he used the library card catalog for print-
ed sources.
The inventories produced by the Historical Records Survey attempt to do
more than give merely a list of records - they attempt further to sketch in
the historical background of the county or other unit of government, and to
describe precisely and in detail the organization and functions of the gov-
ernment agencies whose records they list. The county, town, and other local
inventories for the entire country will, when completed, constitute an ency-
clopedia of local government as well as a bibliography of local archives.
The successful conclusion of the work of the Historical Records Survey,
even in a single county, would not be possible without the support of public
officials, historical and legal specialists, and many other groups in the
community. Their cooperation is gratefully acknowledged.
The Survey was organized and has been directed by Luther H. Evans, and
operates as a nation-wide project in the Division of Women*s and Profession-
al Projects, of which Mrs. Ellen S. Woodward, Assistant Administrator, is in
Harry L. Hopkins

The Historical Records Survey, under Dr. Luther H. Evans, National
Director, was begun in January 1936 as a part of the Federal Writers'
Project of the lorks Progress Administration. Dr. T. D. Clark was ap-
pointed Supervisor of the project under the administrative direction of
Dr. U. R. Bell, Director of the Federal Writers' Project. In July 1936
Dr. Clark resigned from the project to give his entire time to his pro-
fessorship in the University of Kentucky; he was succeeded by Mr. O. B.
Wilder, who had served as Assistant State Supervisor under Dr. Clark.
ln December 1936 Mr. Wilder resigned to become Executive Secretary of the
Fayette Community Council, Lexington, Kentucky. At that time the project
was separated from the Federal Writers' Project and became a state-wide
unit of the nation-wide Historical Records Survey, a unit of Federal
Project No. 1, under the supervision of the present State Director.
The Historical Records Survey began operation in Laurel County in
April 1936 under the direction of Lawrence Turner, District Supervisor.
Upon his resignation, Mr. David Keedy supervised the work until December
1936, when Miss Edna Wilder was appointed Assistant State Supervisor and
directed the completion of the field work.
In October 1938 the original listing was rechecked under the direc-
tion of Miss Wilder, assisted by John C. Simmons and J. H. Raymer, Assis-
tant State Supervisors, and Hrs. Lina Cherrington, Editor in the Lexing-
ton Office, Historical Records Survey.
The purpose of the Survey in Kentucky is the listing of the records
of each county in the state, of each municipality within the state, and
of the state itself; the publication of separate volumes for each county
and municipal unit; and the publication of an inventory for the state
Field workers used standard forms in their listing of the county's
· records; they also supplied the editing staff of the state office with
abstracts of important court meetings and actions, so that both the essays
and the entries would reflect the actual manner in which county officers
acted in obedience to the various legislative acts relative to county
The historical sketch was prepared in original form by Harry P.
Hoskins, social scientist, from material found in the Filson Club, Louis-
ville, Kentucky, and from source material contained in the abstracts sup-
plied by field workers. This sketch was rewritten and edited in final
form by Mrs. E. Johnston, Assistant State Supervisor, who also, with the
aid of John.N. Allen, Assistant State Supervisor in charge of legal re-
search, wrote the essay on "Governmental Organization and Records System."
The article on "Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records" was pre-
pared by Mrs. Johnston from material received from the field, with the
assistance of Miss Wilder.

The individual office essays were prepared from the abstracts of the
county records sent to the state office and from legal research made in
the Federal Law Library by Earl D. Hale, Assistant State Director, who
was aided in the legal research by Mr. Allen. It wdll be noted that this
inventory cites the original acts, whenever possible. The office essays
are prepared on the basis of structure, powers, duties, and records; the
essays on the courts are prepared on the basis of structure, powers, juris-
diction, and records.
The entries were edited under the direction of Mr. Simmons, who was
aided by Miss Lucy A. Kelly. Mr. Simmons classified and arranged the en·
r tries; the various indexes were prepared by Mr. Raymer. Final proofing
of the copy was done by Mrs. Mabel Wright, Mrs. Jule Wykle, Miss Irene
Erskine, and John Bush. Stencils used in the publication were cut by
William C. Remington and Miss Thelma Bryant.
we take pleasure in giving particular credit to O. J. Minnix, Circuit
Court Clerk, who graciously provided our staff with office space in the
county law library and who was especially helpful to our workers in sup-
plying information concerning records. Our thanks are also due to George
Bruner, County Court Clerk, for his assistance, and to Chester Scoville,
Jailer, for providing labor in handling the heavier volumes to facilitate
examination by our field workers.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to the officials of the Works Pro-
gress Administration in Kentucky for the use of equipment; to the Univer-
sity of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, for the use of the library; to Mrs.
Jouett Taylor Cannon, Secretary of the Kentucky State Historical Society
in Frankfort, for her aid in supplying information housed there; to Mrs.
Erma Guy Cromwell, State Librarian and Archivist, for supplying our edi-
torial staff with certain volumes used in the compilation of inventory
material; and to the Federal Law Library and the Filson Club, Louisville,
Kentucky, for their unstinted aid in the publication of this book.
Forthcoming volumes of the Inventory of the County Archives of Ken-
tucky will be issued in mimeograph form for free distribution to government
offices, libraries, and historical societies in Kentucky, as well as to
selected libraries and depositories in other states. Requests for informa-
tion concerning particular volumes should be addressed to the State Di-
rector, Ninth and Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.
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Q7 i Walter M. Hoe lman
State Di ctor
The Historical Records Survey
Louisville, Kentucky
November 28, 1938

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_ A. Laurel County and its Records System Page
` l. Historical Sketch . . . . . . . .......... 5
` 2. Governmental Organization and Records System . . . lh
_ . Chart of County Governmental Organization . . . . QM
5. Housing, Care, and Accessibility of the Records . . 28
V L. Abbreviations, Symbols, and Explanatory Notes . . . Bl
B. County Offices and their Records
. I.     I I I I I O O I l O I I I 0 I O I O O  
_ Minutes and orders. 0fficers* reports and set-
tlements. Claims. Vouchers and warrants. Ap-
propriations and bonds. Appointments.
II. County Court Clerk . . ......... . . . . . as
Property records; real; personal. Encumbrances;
real; chattel. Taxes. Vital statistics; mar-
riage records; naturalization records. Power
of attorney. Surety bonds; public officials;
private individuals. Registration and licenses;
professional; privilege; game and fish. Finan-
cial records. Miscellaneous.
III. County Judge . . . ..... . .......... 68
IVI     I O Q I I I Q O I I I 1 I I I O I I l  
Minutes and orders. Suits and dockets; suits;
dockets. Judgments. Pardons and paroles. Sum-
monses and subpoenas. Affidavits and warrants.
Executions. Transcripts. Claims. Reports,
Bonds; surety; fidelity; fiduciary. Lunacy
proceedings. Photographs.
V. Commonwealth Attorney . . ........... . . 88
VI. Circuit Court Clerk . . . . . . . . . .... . . . 92
Indictments. Financial; receipts; disbursements;
reports; witness attendance. Trustee of jury
fund; jury lists; reports. Licenses. Commis-
sions. Miscellaneous.
VII. Master Commissioner .... . ........... lOO y
Dockets and conveyances. Appraisements and I
VIII. County Court . . . ................ 105
Minutes and orders, Probate; wills; orders.
Fiduciary records; appointments; inventories

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VIII. County Court (Cent.) . . . . ....... . ..... 105
and appraisements; settlements and reports;
sales bills; bends, Apprenticeships. Suits
and dockets; suits; deckets. Judgments.
Petitions. Affidavits and warrants. Execu-
V tions. Licenses and bonds.
- IX. _ Juvenile Court .................... 117
_ A Orders and deckets.
` X. Quarterly Court . . ................ . 119
Minutes and orders. Suits and dockets; suits;
dockets. Judgments and convictions. Executions,
I affidavits, and summonses. Witness and jury rec-
ords. Fines and fees. Bonds.
XI. County Attorney . . ................. 125
_ XII. Justices of the Peace . . . . . .... . ..... . 128
Minutes, orders, and dockets. Judgments, warrants
and executions. Bonds and inquests.
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Tax collections. Reports, settlements, and execu-
tions. Bonds, cash book, and licenses.
XIV. Constables ...................... lh}
I XV. Jailer . . . . . . . . ................ lhé
XVI. Coroner ....................... 1MB
XVII. Tax Commissioner . . ..... . . . . ..... . . , 151
XVIII. Board of Tax Supervisors . . . ........... . 161
_ XIX. County Budget Commission . . ........ . . . . . 165
_ XX. Treasurer ...................... lon
. XXI. County Election Commissioners . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Petitions and elections. Certifications and ex-
penses. Registration of voters.
XXII. County Board of Education . . ............ 175
Minutes and boundaries. Census. Expenditures.
Bonds, settlements, and vouchers.
XXIII. County School Superintendent . ........ . . . . 185
Applications and reports. Enrollments and attend-

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XXIV. Health Unit . . . . . .... . ............ 187
Vital statistics; births; deaths, Service records;
hygienic records; laboratory and clinic reports;
diseases treated; sanitation inspection reports.
XXV. — Keeper of the Poor Farm . . .............. 192
XXVI. County Surveyor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . l92
XXVII. Road Engineer (County Road System) . . . . . ..... 195
XXVIII. County Agricultural Agent . . ..... . . . . . . . . 202
Contracts and soil conservation. M-H clubs. Finan-
cial records and correspondence.
HIXI   I I I I I I I I | I I I I I O I I I I O I l O  
Public records; army enlistments and discharges.
Private records; deeds; minutes; manuscripts;
Legal Bibliography , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Chronological Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2lO
General Index ..................... 215

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