Lucien Beckner papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lucien Beckner papers
Date
1813-1953
Extent
1.2 Cubic feet
Subjects
Lawyers--Correspondence.
Lawyers--Kentucky.
Letters.
Tobacco farmers.
Tobacco--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess
Preferred Citation
72M1: [identification of item], Lucien Beckner papers, 1813-1953, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lucien Beckner, geologist and longtime curator of the Louisville Free Public Library Museum, was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1872 to William Morgan and Elizabeth Taliaferro Beckner. He earned his education from multiple institutions, such as the Louisville Military Academy, Centre College, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1894, Beckner married Marie Daviess Warren of Danville, Kentucky. Throughout his lifetime, he dabbled in a wide range of career paths, including lawyer, engineer, secretary, naturalist, auditor, historian, poet, artist, teacher, journalist, and mathematician. At one point, Beckner owned and edited the Winchester Sun and Clark County Republican newspapers, assisted in establishing the Lexington and Eastern branch of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and helped build a railroad in Ecuador. He actively participated in various organizations, serving as executive secretary of the Burley Tobacco Society and the Burley Tobacco Growers Association, as secretary of the Filson Club, as an officer of the Kentucky Historical Society, and as president of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Beckner died in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1963.
Scope and Content
The Lucien Beckner papers comprise business letters for the Beckner & Beckner law firm established by Lucien and his father, Judge W. M. Beckner, as well as personal family correspondence. Also included are member listings for the Burley Tobacco Society and the American Society of Equity Tobacco, a scrapbook for the Tobacco Grower's Association, and a report on the Burley Tobacco Society's status of relation to the American Society of Equity. Finally, the collection contains historical photographs of Kentucky, specifically of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's visit in 1937.

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.

Contents of the Collection

General, 1936, 1947

Scope and Contents note

The General series contains photographs of various historic places and events in Kentucky, as well as information about Abraham Lincoln. Noteworthy items include photographs of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to Mt. Sterling and Liberty, Kentucky.

Lincoln, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Maps and poster, undated

  • Case 6, Drawer 2
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Photographs and negative, 1936

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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Poet Lore, 1947

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Letters, 1813-1953

Scope and Contents note

The Letters series contains business and personal letters for the Beckner family. Many of the documents refer to court cases and land disputes involving the Beckner family, such as the Goff and William case. Copies of wills and land transferences are also noteworthy.

, 1813-1899

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Photocopies of letters, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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, 1900 January 24 - 1906 November 12

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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, 1907 January 1 - December 27

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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, 1908 Janurary 1 - 1910 July 26

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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, 1911-1953

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Letters, will book, journal, undated

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Tobacco Societies, 1908-1952

Scope and Contents note

The Tobacco Societies series consists of information about the Burley Tobacco Society and the American Society of Equity, including a lists of members, publications produced by the societies, and a scrapbook.

Ledger, 1909 September - 1910 June

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Tobacco association clippings, 1908-1952

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Tobacco Society publications, 1909

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Burley Tobacco Society members, 1910

  • Box 2, Folder 5-7
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Tobacco Grower's Association scrapbook, 1909-1925

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