Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers

Abstract

The Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers (dated 1850s-1950s, bulk 1940-1950; 0.9 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consist of manuscripts, photographs, a civil war scrapbook, and a book jacket, which document McMeekin's work as an author.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers
Extent
0.9 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Authors, American -- Kentucky.
Drafts.
Women authors.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged by subject and format into three series: Isabel McLennan McMeekin, Clark McMeekin, and Photographs.
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
46m72: [identification of item], Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers, circa 1850s-1950, bulk 1940-1950, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Author Isabel McLennan McMeekin (1895-1973) was born in Louisville and educated at Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, and the University of Chicago. In 1921, she married Samuel H. McMeekin. Isabel wrote historical fiction with co-author Dorothy Park Clark under the pseudonym Clark McMeekin between 1940 and 1961. Their joint works include Show me a Land and City of the Flages. However, they both wrote under their own names; Isabel produced a variety of literary work, including mysteries, short stories, poetry, and children's literature during her lifetime.
Scope and Content
The Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers (dated 1850s-1950s, bulk 1940-1950; 0.9 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consist of manuscripts, photographs, a civil war scrapbook, and a book jacket, which document McMeekin's work as an author. The collection contains an unbound author's copy and a book jacket for Kentucky Derby Winner by McMeekin as well as a manuscript transcript of a Civil War scrapbook entitled A Civil War Scrap-book Lost and Found. The collection also contains the original scrapbook the edited scrapbook is based on. Additionally, the collection includes a draft of City of the Flags, written under the pseudonym Clark McMeekin, with substantial handwritten revision. The photographs consist of headshots of McMeekin and her co-author Dorothy Park Clark as well as images of them at a book signing for Show Me a Land at Morris Bookshop in Lexington, Kentucky.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Isabel McLennan McMeekin, circa 1850s-1949, undated

A Civil War Scrap-book Lost and Found , undated

  • Box 1, folder 1-4
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Civil War scrapbook, original, circa 1850s-1860s

  • Box 3, item 1
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Kentucky Derby Winner book jacket, 1949

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Kentucky Derby Winner unbound author's copy, 1949

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Clark McMeekin, circa 1950

City of the Flags manuscript, circa 1950

  • Box 1, folder 7
  • Box 2, folder 1-2
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Photographs, 1940

Isabel McLennan McMeekin signed headshot, 1940

  • Box 4, item 1
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Dorothy Park Clark signed headshot, 1940

  • Box 4, item 2
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Isabel McLennan McMeekin and Dorothy Park Clark, 1940 February

  • Box 4, item 3
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Dorothy Park Clark and Isabel McLennan McMeekin at Morris Book Shop signing for Show me a Land, 1940 February

  • Box 4, item 4
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