Samuel M. Wilson correspondence chronological file and papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Samuel M. Wilson correspondence chronological file and papers
Date
1774-1959 (inclusive)
1900-1946 (bulk)
Extent
21.6 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Historians -- Kentucky.
History -- Societies, etc. -- Kentucky.
History -- Research -- Kentucky.
Historians.
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
51W10: [Identification of item], Samuel M. Wilson correspondence chronological file and papers, 1774-1959, 1900-1946 (bulk dates), University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Attorney, historian. Wilson, a native of Louisville, Ky, studied law at Centre College, Danville, Ky. and in the office of Judge Jere R. Morton and then became a prominent lawyer in Lexington, Ky. He was known for interests in social issues and in history, particularly for his work with the Lexington Public Library and the Kentucky Historical Society. He collected books and manuscripts, and founded the "Cakes and Ale Club" in Lexington, which consisted of a group of men who shared Wilson's interests in books and book collecting. Wilson bequeathed his large collection of books and manuscripts to the University of Kentucky library.
Scope and Content
The collection contains correspondence, clippings, legal documents, financial records, broadsides and genealogical and historical research materials, the majority of which was generated by Samuel M. Wilson, a Lexington, Ky. attorney and amateur historian. Most of the correspondence concerns Wilson's genealogical and historical research, although some correspondence from his various legal concerns is present. Correspondents include: Frank C. McVey, Desha Breckinridge, R. C. Ballard Thruston and other Kentuckians involved in historical research; and various Lexington attorneys, including Clinton M. Harbison, his law partner for thirty years. Various broadsides and invitations are present, mostly concerning historical societies and commemorative events. Some of Wilson's personal financial records, including bills and receipts are present as well.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Use Restrictions
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