Barbee-Best family papers

Abstract

The Barbee-Best family papers (1797-1925; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) record the family's history and activities through letters, financial and legal papers, genealogy records, scrapbooks, and copies of Nancy Barbee's dramatic readings.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Barbee-Best family papers
Date
1797-1925 (inclusive)
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Dramatists
Correspondence.
Women dramatists.
Family archives -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Laura A. Hess
Preferred Citation
72M4: [Identification of item], Barbee-Best family papers, 1797-1925, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Barbee family, originally from Virginia, settled in Kentucky after the Revolutionary War. The family owned a plantation called Oakland in Danville until the Civil War. The family had a long military history, with family members serving in both the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. The Barbee family joined with the Best family when Sally Barbee married Isaac R. Best in the early 1800s. In the early 1900s, Nancy "Nannie" Barbee travelled the eastern Unites States performing dramatic readings of "dialect stories" about plantation life.
"Barbee Family." Ormsby.com. Accessed 28 Oct. 2011
"Some Descendants of Andrew Barbee, Fifth Generation." Rootsweb. Accessed 28 Oct. 2011.
Scope and Content
The Barbee-Best family papers (1797-1925; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) record the family's history and activities through letters, financial and legal papers, genealogy records, scrapbooks, and copies of Nancy Barbee's dramatic readings. The majority of the papers date between the end of the Civil War and the early 1900s. Nancy Barbee and Thomas Barbee feature prominently in the collection.

Restrictions on Access and Use

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

Nancy Barbee readings, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1905-1925

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Genealogy, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Financial and legal, 1797, 1859-1891

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Literary and social club, 1873-1876

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Scrapbook, 1889

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Account book, 1865-1876

  • Box 1, folder 7
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