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                 Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill and Mary Brinker Bryan papers, 1876-1981
                     2012ms407 
                 
                 Cantrill, Florence McDowell Shelby 
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                 University of Kentucky Special Collections 
                 
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                     Margaret I. King Building, North 
                     Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 
                     (859) 257-8611 
                     SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 
                 
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             Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill and Mary Brinker Bryan papers 
             2012ms407 
             
                 University of Kentucky Special Collections 
             
             
                 
             
             
                 4.5 Cubic feet 
                 14 boxes 
             
             1876-1981 
             Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill was a prominent Kentucky politician, serving as a delegate to Kentucky's Democratic Convention in 1920, a state legislator, and Lexington City Commissioner. Her aunt, Mary Brinker Bryan, was the first woman member of a Lexington newspaper, working for 25 years at the 
                 Herald  before switching to the 
                 Leader . Their papers consist of correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogical material, writings, and photographs, which document their careers and family life. 
             
                 Bryan, Mary Brinker 
             
             
                 Cantrill, Florence Shelby 
             
         
         
             Scope and Contents note 
             The Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill and Mary Brinker Bryan papers consist of correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogical material, writings, and photographs, which document the careers and family life of Florence Cantrill and her aunt Mary Brinker Bryan. The collection reflects Florence Cantrill's career as a Democratic politician in Kentucky as well as her social and familial commitments. The papers include family and political correspondence as well as articles and other compositions written by Florence Cantrill. Additionally, they contain a large amount of material from her involvement with the United States Democratic Party and the Kentucky Democratic Party. Mary 
                 Mamie  Brinker Bryan's papers include family correspondence and letters from former newspaper colleagues who wrote to their 
                 Miss Mary  with affection and admiration. In addition, there is a July 4, 1921 speech which she delivered at a Daughters of the American Revolution picnic at Bryan Station. Additionally, the papers contain a large collection of genealogical materials, including genealogical charts, newspaper clippings, and family photographs. 
         
         
             Biographical note 
             Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill (1888-1981), a prominant female politician, was the daughter of Wallace and Margaret (Bryan) Shelby and a descendant of many prominant Kentucky families, including the Bryans, Boones, Shelbys, and McDowells. On her mother's side, Mary Boone, the sister of Daniel Boone, married William Bryan the founder of Bryan Station. Their son Daniel Bryan built Waveland, an antebellum historic mansion. and Mary Brinker Bryan were descendants of the Boones and the Bryans. Isaac Shelby, Kentucky's first governor, and Dr. Ephraim McDowell, pioneer surgeon, were Florence Cantrill's great-great-grandfathers on her father's side. 
             Florence Cantrill was elected as a delegate to Kentucky's Democratic Convention in 1920. The convention was a landmark meeting as the first time women participated in the election process. In 1933 Cantrill won a seat in the Kentucky Legislature, becoming the first woman elected to represent Fayette county. As a legislator, she encouraged Kentucky's representatives to ratify the Child Labor Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In order to reinforce backing for the bill, Cantrill invited Frances Perkins, President Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, to speak to the Kentucky Legislature. Despite her speech, the bill died in committee. Additionally, starting in 1935, Cantrill served two terms as the first woman Lexington City Commissioner, served as acting mayor, and as Fayette County's chair directing the activities of the women of the Democratic Party. In 1938, Alben Barkley personally requested Florence Cantrill to head the Woman's Division of the Democratic party in Kentucky working on his reelection campaign. Her unstinting efforts were instrumental in Senator Barkley's return to Washington, D.C. 
             Florence Cantrill was also an active clubwoman, belonging to the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky and The Monday Club. She served as the President of the Woman's Club and chaired the current events and citizenship departments for many years. Her interest in church affairs led her to write an epic poem as part of the golden anniversary celebration, 1896-1946, of the Woman's Auxiliary in the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. Ten years later, she wrote an article to mark its sixtieth year. In addition, for several years she served on the Vestry of Christ Church. 
             Margaret Shelby Cantrill Worsham, only daughter of Florence and Cecil Cantrill, was the assistant Director of the University of Kentucky Student Center and associated with the Dean of Students Office for twenty years before her retirement in 1979. In 1982, the theater in the Student Center addition was named the Worsham Theater to honor Margaret Worsham's contributions to the University of Kentucky. 
             Mary 
                 Mamie  Brinker Bryan (1863-1933), Florence Cantrill's aunt, lived with the Cantrills for many years until her death in 1933. In 1894, Mary Bryan became the first woman member of a Lexington newspaper when she joined the staff of the Republican newspaper, the 
                 Lexington Leader , at the invitation of Samuel Roberts, the editor. In September 1919, after working as the society editor for 25 years, she shifted her allegiance to the 
                 Lexington Herald , the Democratic paper published by Desha Breckinridge. 
         
         
             Preferred Citation note 
             2012ms407: [identification of item], Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill and Mary Brinker Bryan papers, 1876-1981, University of Kentucky Special Collections. 
         
         
             Arrangement note 
             Collection is arranged by format. 
         
         
             Conditions Governing Use note 
             The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Several photographs are stamped with use restrictions and credit line requests. 
         
         
             Conditions Governing Access note 
             Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Access to 
                 Among My Souvenirs  is restricted, requiring donor permission. 
         
         
             Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956 
             Boone family. 
             Bryant family. 
             Democratic Party (Ky.). 
             Democratic Party. (U.S.) 
             Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky. 
             Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007 
             McDowell family 
             Monday Club (Lexington, Ky.). 
             Roosevelt, Franklin D.,  (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 
             Selby family. 
             Tabeling, Florence 
             Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 
             Waveland State Historic Site (Lexington, Ky.). 
             Families--Photographs. 
             Genealogy. 
             Journalism--Social aspects--Kentucky. 
             Kentucky--History. 
             Lexington (Ky.) 
             Politicians--Correspondence. 
             Politicians--Kentucky. 
             Public policy and politics 
             Women in journalism--Kentucky--Lexington. 
             Women's and gender history 
             Women--Political activity--Kentucky--Societies, etc. 
             Women--Political activity--Kentucky. 
         
         
             
                 
                     Diaries, scrapbooks, and Hamilton College Bulletin 
                     Series I. 
                     1876-1961 
                 
                 
                     Scope and Contents note 
                     The Diaries, scrapbooks, and Hamilton College Bulletin series contains diaries, scrapbooks, memory books, and a copy of the Hamilton College Bulletin listing of graduates from 1870 to 1927. The diaries include Florence Cantrill's diaries; her journals from her European trips; and her mother, Margaret Bryan's, diary written while a student at Hocker College. Additionally the series consists of Florence Cantrill's aunt, Willie I. Shelby's, scrapbook; Florence Cantrill's scrapbooks and memory books; and her daughter's scrapbook. 
                 
                 
                     
                         Maltha (Mallie) Bryan diary. Written while she was a student at Hocker (later Hamilton) College, Lexington, Ky. 
                         1 
                         1 
                         1876 September 25 - 1877 April 7 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Margaret (Maggie) C. Bryan diary. Written while a student at Hocker College, Lexington, Ky. Margaret was Florence Cantrill's mother. 
                         1 
                         2 
                         1876 October 6 - [1877] April 9 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Willie I. Shelby scrapbook. Miss Willie was Florence Cantrill's aunt. 
                         1 
                         3 
                         Bulk, 1914-1953 
                         1887-1961 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Clippings from Miss Willie's scrapbook 
                         1 
                         4 
                         undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby diary. Diary was begun when she was nine years old. 
                         1 
                         5 
                         1897 September 20 - 1898 February 28 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby scrapbook 
                         1 
                         6 
                         1894-1903 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby memory book, Hamilton College, Lexington, Ky. 
                         2 
                         1 
                         1906 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill 
                             My Trip Abroad . Mrs. Cantrill and Willie I. Shelby left Montreal on May 24 as passengers on the ship 
                             Ascania  arriving in London June 2. They toured various points of interest in England, Scotland, and Wales returning to Quebec July 3 onboard the ship 
                             Carinthia . 
                         2 
                         2 
                         [1956] May 24 - July 3 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill 
                             Daily Scribblings from 
                                 My Trip Abroad.  Typescript of manuscript diary of Florence Cantrill from her trip to England, Scotland, and Wales. 
                         2 
                         3 
                         [1956] 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill diary. Florence Cantrill and her brother Joe and sister-in-law Miriam sailed from New York City onboard the ship 
                             Christoforo Colombo  on March 3, 1959 and spent several weeks touring Italy and France until Mrs. Cantrill returned by airplane to the United States. 
                         2 
                         4 
                         1959 March 3 - 1959 April 29 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill pieces relating to her 1956 and 1959 trips 
                         2 
                         5 
                         1956, 1959 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Margaret Shelby Cantrill Worsham scrapbook 
                         2 
                         6 
                         1932-1942 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Hamilton College Bulletin includes a list of graduates from 1870 to 1927 
                         2 
                         7 
                         1928 May 
                     
                 
             
             
                 
                     Mary Brinker Bryan papers 
                     Series II. 
                     1897-1933 
                 
                 
                     Scope and Contents note 
                     Mary Brinker Bryan's papers primarily consist of family correspondence and letters from her former newspaper colleagues. Additionally, the papers include a speech given at a DAR picnic, pledges to Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky, newspaper clippings, obituaries, and a Transylvania Student Body petition to the Board of Curators requesting Dr. A. D. Hammon's resignation. 
                 
                 
                     
                         Letters to Mary Brinker Bryan 
                         3 
                         1 
                         1897 November 21 - 1926 July 25 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Letters to Mary Brinker Bryan 
                         3 
                         2 
                         1927 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Letters to Mary Brinker Bryan 
                         3 
                         3 
                         1928 January 5 - [1929] March 11 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Letters to Mary Brinker Bryan 
                         3 
                         4 
                         undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Letters, miscellaneous 
                         3 
                         5 
                         1926 February 13, undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Cards and notes 
                         3 
                         6 
                         undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Louisville Male High School commencement 
                         3 
                         7 
                         1929 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Assorted material 
                         3 
                         8 
                         undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Obituaries 
                         3 
                         9 
                         1906, 1933 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Pledges to Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky 
                         3 
                         10 
                         1923 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Postcard depicting street car which ran into C. & O. train at #22, Lexington, Ky. 
                         3 
                         11 
                         undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Postcards 
                         3 
                         12 
                         1920-1929 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Postcards 
                         3 
                         13 
                         undated 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         DAR Picnic at Bryan Station speech 
                         3 
                         14 
                         1921 July 4 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Transylvania Student Body petition to the Board of Curators requesting Dr. A. D. Hammon's resignation 
                         3 
                         15 
                         1928 April 1 
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Newspaper clippings 
                         3 
                         16 
                         1903-1930 
                     
                 
             
             
                 
                     Florence McDowell Shelby Cantrill papers 
                     Series III. 
                     1893-1979 
                 
                 
                     Scope and Contents note 
                     The Florence McDowell Shelby papers consist of personal and political correspondence, compositions, articles, and political material from her campaigns and campaigns she helped run. Her personal correspondence includes many of her own letters plus letters from her husband, Cecil, when she and their sons, Shelby and Cecil, were at Bay View, Michigan, in the summer of 1913. Letters from their children, Cecil and Margaret, various family members and friends are also present. Her political papers include materials from her campaign for the Kentucky State Legislature in 1933, papers associated with the inaugural activities of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Democratic party papers, newspaper clippings, and material dealing with the reelection campaign of Alben Barkley. 
                 
                 
                     
                         Personal letters 
                         Subseries A. 
                         1894-1979 
                     
                     
                         
                             Bay View, Michigan, letters 
                             Subsubseries i. 
                             1913 
                         
                         
                             
                                 
                                 4 
                                 1 
                                 1913 July 5-16 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 
                                 4 
                                 2 
                                 1913 July 17-23 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 
                                 4 
                                 3 
                                 1913 July 25-30 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 
                                 4 
                                 4 
                                 1913 August 3-16 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 
                                 4 
                                 5 
                                 1913 August 19-31 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 
                                 4 
                                 6 
                                 1913 September 2-8 
                             
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Letters and material relating to the Cantrills, family, and friend 
                             Subsubseries ii. 
                             1894-1974 
                         
                         
                             
                                 Florence McDowell Shelby and Cecil Edwards Cantrill wedding album 
                                 4 
                                 7 
                                 1910 February 16 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Letters 
                                 5 
                                 1 
                                 1895 January 24 - 1935 February 1 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Letters 
                                 5 
                                 2 
                                 [1936] September 2 - 1949 June 20 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Letters 
                                 5 
                                 3 
                                 1958 January 17 - 1974 May 30 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Volney Bryan's letters 
                                 5 
                                 4 
                                 1918 October 24 - 1933 November 15 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Letters from Mary Bryan, Kathleen Bryan Hopson, and Elliott Shanklin 
                                 5 
                                 5 
                                 1918 February 19 - 1933 December 15 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Letters 
                                 5 
                                 6 
                                 undated 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Legal papers 
                                 5 
                                 7 
                                 1900 November 7 - 1970 April 21 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Greeting cards 
                                 5 
                                 8 
                                 undated 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Assorted material 
                                 5 
                                 9 
                                 undated 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Postcards: Rockefeller Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; Tableau on Treasury Steps, Washington, D.C.; and Woman's Suffrage Procession, March 3, 1913 with police protection 
                                 5 
                                 10 
                                 undated 
                             
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Letters of sympathy and related materials 
                             Subsubseries iii. 
                             1935-1979 
                         
                         
                             
                                 Expressions of sympathy upon the death of Cecil Cantrill 
                                 5 
                                 11 
                                 1935 January 30, February 11 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Expressions of sympathy upon the death of Wallace McDowell Shelby 
                                 5 
                                 12 
                                 1937 June 14-18 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Expressions of sympathy upon the death of Wallace McDowell Shelby 
                                 5 
                                 13 
                                 1937 June 19 - July 12 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 John Worsham's obituary and memorial record 
                                 5 
                                 14 
                                 1979 July 19-20 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Letters to Margaret Cantrill Worsham 
                                 6 
                                 1 
                                 1979 May 1 - September 23 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Expressions of sympathy regarding Margaret Cantrill Worsham's illness and death 
                                 6 
                                 2 
                                 1979 October 12 - November 11 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Margaret Worsham's obituary and memorial record 
                                 6 
                                 3 
                                 1979 November 4-5 
                             
                         
                         
                             
                                 Expressions of sympathy after the death of Margaret Cantrill Worsham 
                                 6 
                                 4 
                                 1979 November 12 - December 5 
                             
                         
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         General articles, speeches, and compositions 
                         Subseries B. 
                         1893-1956 
                     
                     
                         
                             
                                 An Imaginary Journey at 9 Years 
                             6 
                             5 
                             circa 1897 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Notes on 
                                 Pursuit of Happiness  by Herbert Agar 
                             6 
                             6 
                             circa 1938 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Epic poem written to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Woman's Auxiliary in the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington at the Church of Good Shepherd. Typed and published versions 
                             6 
                             7 
                             1946 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             
                                 Sixty Years and Ten Women; The Woman's Auxiliary in the Diocese of Lexington: 1896-1956 
                             6 
                             8 
                             1956 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Christ Church historical sketch 
                             6 
                             9 
                             undated 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             
                                 A Few Neglected Places of Northern Italy and France 
                             6 
                             10 
                             undated 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Notes about various Lexington personalities, basis for a lecture 
                             6 
                             11 
                             undated 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Article for the Monday Club 
                             6 
                             12 
                             undated 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             
                                 La Scala, Milan, Italy, Opera House  Monday Club 
                             6 
                             13 
                             undated