Shelby family papers

Abstract

The Shelby family papers (dated 1797-1947, undated; 18.55 cubic feet; 19 boxes and 2 items) comprise correspondence, financial records, genealogical files, and photographs pertaining to the Shelby family of Kentucky, including General Evan Shelby, Isaac Shelby, Thomas Hart Shelby, Isaac P. Shelby, and Edmund P. Shelby.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Shelby family papers
Extent
8.55 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Agriculturists.
Land titles -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Notebooks.
Recipes.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Soyanne Mosbacher
Preferred Citation
59m56: [identification of item], Shelby family papers, 1797-1947, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Shelby family of Kentucky descended from Isaac Shelby, first governor of Kentucky. Notable family members include his son, Thomas Hart Shelby (1789-1869) and grandsons, Thomas Hart Shelby Jr. and Edmund Pendleton Shelby (1833-1917). Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby (1839-1923) was the wife of Edmund P. Shelby, and she played a large role in collecting genealogical information about the Shelby family.
Scope and Content
The Shelby family papers (dated 1797-1947, undated; 18.55 cubic feet; 19 boxes and 2 items) comprise correspondence, financial records, genealogical files, and photographs pertaining to the Shelby family of Kentucky, including General Evan Shelby, Isaac Shelby, Thomas Hart Shelby, Isaac P. Shelby, and Edmund P. Shelby. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Edmund Pendleton Shelby, his children, and his wife, Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby. Additionally, many of Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby's papers relate to her genealogical research on the Shelby family. Included in the collection are copies of correspondence of Isaac Shelby, first governor of the Commonwealth, and General Evan Shelby. There are letters to land agent Thomas Hart from Danville, Ky. dealing with hemp, and letters and recipes of Mary Ann Bullock Shelby. Letters from Judge William B. Kinkead are among the papers of Thomas Hart Shelby; there are also documents related to Shelby's land holdings in Chicago, Ill. Additional items include a certificate of membership in the American Colonization Society for Thomas Hart Shelby signed by Henry Clay, family histories, genealogies, autograph albums, Bibles, scrapbooks, and a draft of Lucy Shelby's Grassland Days and Grassland Ways.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
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

Early Shelby family papers, 1797-1824, undated

Copies of letters to and from Isaac Shelby and General Evan Shelby, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Notes relating to other Shelby family letters, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Thomas Hart letters, 1797-1802

  • Box 1, folder 3
Letters written to Thomas Hart from John Hart (Danville, Kentucky); Nathaniel Hart (Danville, Kentucky); and William Hart, dealing with family matters and hemp cultivation.
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Mary Ann Bullock Shelby letters and recipes, 1824, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
Letters to and from her family in Lousiville, Kentucky, when she lived at Grassland in the early 1820s. Included in the folder are some of her handwritten recipes.
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Thomas Hart Shelby papers, 1807-1869

The Thomas Hart Shelby papers series consists of letters written to or by Thomas Hart Shelby and deal with family matters and real estate dealings. The series includes a letter dated December 10, 1816 from Thomas Hart Shelby to his father, Governor Isaac Shelby and several letters from William B. Kinkead (1809-1894) written in 1850s concerning realestate dealings in Chicago. Additionally, the series includes financial papers relating to Shelby.

1807-1839

  • Box 1, folder 5
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1840-1853

  • Box 1, folder 6
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1855-1869

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Isaac Prather Shelby papers, 1820-1896

Isaac Prather Shelby papers series consists of letters, financial records, a copybook, and compositions and essays.

1820-1864

  • Box 1, folder 8
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1865-1896

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Copybook, 1837-1844

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Compositions, 1838-1860

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Essays and meditations, undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Edmund Pendleton Shelby papers, 1845-1918, undated

The Edmund Pendleton Shelby series consists of letters relating to financial matters and some letters from hi sfather Thomas Hart Shelby.

Edmund P. Shelby letters from Thomas Hart Shelby, 1845-1859

  • Box 1, folder 13
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1860-1868

  • Box 2, folder 1
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1869-1879

  • Box 2, folder 2
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1880, undated

  • Box 2, folder 3
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1890-1899

  • Box 2, folder 4
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1900-1918

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Invitations, announcements, cards, 1892-1901, undated

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Newspaper clippings, 1903-1904, undated

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Pamphlets, 1902-1912, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Charts, figures, accounts, 1890-1910, undated

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Notes, letters, records, 1910, undated

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Shelby family correspondence, 1890-1921, undated

The Shelby family correspondence series consists of letters written to Edmund P. Shelby and his wife Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby from their children. The majority of the correspondence is written to Susan or between the children. Included inn this series is a group of correspondene to and from Welch Wilds, a resident of Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Letter fragments, 1891-1904, undated

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Assorted correspondence, 1873-1889, undated

  • Box 2, folder 12
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1890-1920, undated

  • Box 2, folder 13
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1890

  • Box 3, folder 1
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1891

  • Box 3, folder 2
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1892

  • Box 3, folder 3
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1893

  • Box 3, folder 4
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1894

  • Box 3, folder 5
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1895

  • Box 3, folder 6
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1896

  • Box 3, folder 7
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1897-1899

  • Box 4, folder 1
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1900 January-September

  • Box 4, folder 2
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1900 October-December

  • Box 4, folder 3
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1901 January-June

  • Box 4, folder 4
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1901 July-December

  • Box 4, folder 5
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1902

  • Box 4, folder 6
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1903

  • Box 4, folder 7
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1904

  • Box 4, folder 8
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1905

  • Box 5, folder 1
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1906

  • Box 5, folder 2
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1907

  • Box 5, folder 3
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1908

  • Box 5, folder 4
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1909

  • Box 5, folder 5
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1910

  • Box 5, folder 6
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1911 January-June

  • Box 5, folder 7
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1911 July-December

  • Box 5, folder 8
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1912

  • Box 5, folder 9
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1913

  • Box 5, folder 10
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1914

  • Box 6, folder 1
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1915

  • Box 6, folder 2
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1916

  • Box 6, folder 3
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1917

  • Box 6, folder 4
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1918-1921

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Undated

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Women's suffrage ephemera and newspaper clippings, undated

  • Box 6, folder 7
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Lucy Goodloe Shelby papers, 1921-1947

The Lucy Goodloe Shelby papers series consists of correspondence and notes that relate to family genealogical research carried out after the death of her mother, Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby. Included in the series are several letters written in the 1940s from her brother Evan, a New York attorney, in which he expresses his opinions with regard to World War II.

1921-1924

  • Box 6, folder 8
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1925-1926

  • Box 6, folder 9
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1927

  • Box 6, folder 10
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1928

  • Box 6, folder 11
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1929

  • Box 6, folder 12
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1930

  • Box 6, folder 13
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1931-1932

  • Box 6, folder 14
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1933-1939

  • Box 6, folder 15
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1940-1944

  • Box 6, folder 16
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1945

  • Box 7, folder 1
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1946

  • Box 7, folder 2
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1947

  • Box 7, folder 3
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Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby papers, 1814-1945, undated

The Susan Goodloe Hart Shelby papers series consists almost entirely of correspondence, notes, and files relating to her genealogical research into the Shelby family.

Correspondence, 1873-1922

1873-1894

  • Box 7, folder 4
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1895

  • Box 7, folder 5
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1896

  • Box 7, folder 6
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1897 January-August

  • Box 7, folder 7
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1897 September-December

  • Box 7, folder 8
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1898 January-March

  • Box 7, folder 9
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1898 April-December

  • Box 7, folder 10
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1899

  • Box 7, folder 11
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1900

  • Box 7, folder 12
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1901

  • Box 7, folder 13
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1902

  • Box 8, folder 1
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Undated

  • Box 8, folder 2
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1903 January-March

  • Box 8, folder 3
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1903 April-June

  • Box 8, folder 4
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1903 July-December

  • Box 8, folder 5
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1904

  • Box 8, folder 6
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1905-1906

  • Box 8, folder 7
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1907

  • Box 8, folder 8
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1908

  • Box 8, folder 9
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1909

  • Box 8, folder 10
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1911-1914

  • Box 8, folder 11
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1915-1922

  • Box 8, folder 12
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Genealogy, 1814-1945, undated

Assorted genealogy files, 1814-1945, undated

Filson club certificate of membership, 1891 October

  • Box 9, folder 1
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Addresses, undated

  • Box 9, folder 2
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Genealogy papers, 1897-1903, undated

  • Box 9, folder 3
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Postcards seeking genealogical information, 1894-1903, undated

  • Box 9, folder 4
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Letters by Mrs. E.P. Shelby, 1898-1904, undated

  • Box 9, folder 5
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Letters by Mrs. E.P. Shelby, 1894-1904, undated

  • Box 9, folder 6
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Letters by Mrs. E.P. Shelby, 1896, undated

  • Box 9, folder 7
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Letters by Mrs. E.P. Shelby, 1898-1907

  • Box 9, folder 8
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Notes, letters, clippings, undated

  • Box 9, folder 9
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Notes, letters, clippings, 1896-1932, undated

  • Box 9, folder 10
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Genealogy notes, undated

  • Box 9, folder 11
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Genealogy notes, 1887-1903, undated

  • Box 10, folder 1
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Notes, 1883-1885, undated

  • Box 10, folder 2
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Letters and genealogy notes on many families, undated

  • Box 10, folder 3
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Genealogy notes - not Shelbys, undated

  • Box 10, folder 4
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Reference books on Shelbys, 1897-1906, undated

  • Box 12, folder 1
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Notes, correspondence, 1899-1905

  • Box 12, folder 2
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Wales notes by Susan Hart Shelby, undated

  • Box 12, folder 3
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Obituary clippings, 1929-1936, undated

  • Box 12, folder 4
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Genealogy notes and family trees, undated

  • Box 12, folder 5
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Genealogy manuscripts, 1926

  • Box 12, folder 6
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Isaac Shelby clippings, notes, correspondence, 1907, undated

  • Box 12, folder 7
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Isaac Shelby - genealogy of descendants, undated

  • Box 12, folder 8
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Shelby lands, undated

  • Box 12, folder 9
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Susan Fishbach sketch, 1945

  • Box 12, folder 10
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Notes, 1899-1902, undated

  • Box 12, folder 11
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Correspondence and genealogy notes, 1897, undated

  • Box 12, folder 12
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Genealogical notes by Susan Hart Shelby, undated

  • Box 12, folder 13
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Genealogy notes and charts, undated

  • Box 12, folder 14
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Genealogy notes and journals, 1895-1897, undated

  • Box 12, folder 15
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James Shelby, 1814-1815

  • Box 12, folder 16
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Clipping on General Joe Shelby, undated

  • Box 12, folder 17
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Record of Thomas Shelby, 1893

  • Box 12, folder 18
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Susan Hart Shelby - views on various subjects, undated

  • Box 12, folder 19
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Evan Shelby genealogy and notes, 1893-1923, undated

  • Box 12, folder 20
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Mrs. E.P. Shelby's children notes, 1892-1896, undated

  • Box 12, folder 21
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Grassland manuscript of family history by Lucy Shelby, undated

  • Box 12, folder 22
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Family pictures, undated

  • Box 13, folder 1-2
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Genealogy files separated by family names, 1834-1932

Barrett, 1898-1900, undated

  • Box 10, folder 5
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Bledsae, undated

  • Box 10, folder 6
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Bullock and Wingfield, 1895-1925

  • Box 10, folder 7
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Calloway, 1924, undated

  • Box 10, folder 8
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Glenn, 1896-1903, undated

  • Box 10, folder 9
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Cocke, undated

  • Box 10, folder 10
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Clairborne, undated

  • Box 10, folder 11
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Craig, undated

  • Box 10, folder 12
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Garland, 1898-1903

  • Box 10, folder 13
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Canterbury, undated

  • Box 10, folder 14
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Cox and Goodloe, 1902, undated

  • Box 10, folder 15
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de la Fontaine, 1903, undated

  • Box 10, folder 16
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Goodloe, 1901-1903, undated

  • Box 10, folder 17
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Goodloe, 1896-1914

  • Box 10, folder 18
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Goodloe and Minor, undated

  • Box 10, folder 19
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Harris, 1898, undated

  • Box 10, folder 20
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Harrison, 1834

  • Box 11, folder 1
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Hart, 1898-1906, undated

  • Box 11, folder 2
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Hart, 1843-1932

  • Box 11, folder 3
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Kincheloe, 1895-1903, undated

  • Box 11, folder 4
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Irvin, 1898-1912, undated

  • Box 11, folder 5
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Kyle, 1894, undated

  • Box 11, folder 6
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Loftus, undated

  • Box 11, folder 7
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McDowell, undated

  • Box 11, folder 8
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Minor, undated

  • Box 11, folder 9
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Overton, 1895-1896, undated

  • Box 11, folder 10
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Polk, undated

  • Box 11, folder 11
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Rice, 1898-1910

  • Box 11, folder 12
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Short, 1898

  • Box 11, folder 13
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Shelton, 1895-1925, undated

  • Box 11, folder 14
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Simpson, 1897-1899, undated

  • Box 11, folder 15
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Terrell, 1898-1910, undated

  • Box 11, folder 16
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Todd, undated

  • Box 11, folder 17
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Wade, 1897-1903, undated

  • Box 11, folder 18
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Wallace, 1927, undated

  • Box 11, folder 19
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Walton, 1879-1898

  • Box 11, folder 20
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Wiley, 1903, undated

  • Box 11, folder 21
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Woods (1 of 4), 1894-1906, undated

  • Box 11, folder 22
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Woods (2 of 4), 1890-1903, undated

  • Box 11, folder 23
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Woods (3 of 4), 1893-1904, undated

  • Box 11, folder 24
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Woods (4 of 4), undated

  • Box 11, folder 25
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Journals, pamphlets, books, 1807-1933, undated

The Journals, pamphlets, books series includes a multitude of family documents from 1807-1933, including family journals, records, notes, biographies, clippings, checkbooks, pamphlets, and a family Bible. These all concern a range of topics including historical data, genealogy, gardening, personal notes, and clubs and organizations.

Journal, 1903

  • Box 13, folder 3
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Historical and Interesting journal regarding Shanklin family, 1900

  • Box 13, folder 4
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J. Hart Shelby - Grassland, Kentucky journal, 1850

  • Box 13, folder 5
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Family history notes, 1916

  • Box 13, folder 6
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Annals of Southwest Virginia, undated

  • Box 13, folder 7
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Shelby family genealogical records, 1925

  • Box 13, folder 8
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Genealogical and historical notebook, 1890

  • Box 13, folder 9
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List of Books // Historical, Biographies, and Genealogies , 1860

  • Box 13, folder 10
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Family historical facts, 1898

  • Box 13, folder 11
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Journal and clippings, 1870

  • Box 14, folder 1
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Isaac P. Shelby's checkbook, undated

  • Box 14, folder 2
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Susan Hart Shelby records, undated

  • Box 14, folder 3
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Susan Hart Shelby historical and genealogical journal, 1897

  • Box 14, folder 4
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White's Outline Studies in the History of the United States , undated

  • Box 14, folder 5
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Journal - notes and taxes, 1892

  • Box 14, folder 6
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How to Promote Health from Youth to Old Age , 1900

  • Box 14, folder 7
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The George Washington: The Most Wonderful Train in the World...created by the Chesapeake and Ohio to Celebrate the Two Hundredth Birthday Anniversary of the Father of Transportation in America , 1932

  • Box 14, folder 8
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Memorandum - Mrs. E.P. Shelby, 1900 July

  • Box 14, folder 9
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Notes and reminders, 1915

  • Box 14, folder 10
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Lucy G. Shelby journal, undated

  • Box 15, folder 1
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Gardening and plants, 1900

  • Box 15, folder 2
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Records, bills, notes, 1909-1916

  • Box 15, folder 3
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Putnam's genealogical research pamphlet, 1898

  • Box 15, folder 4
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Journal - clippings and notes, 1904-1909

  • Box 15, folder 5
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Arthur Shelby journal, 1889

  • Box 15, folder 6
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Addresses and clippings, 1914

  • Box 15, folder 7
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History of Civil War pamphlet, 1894

  • Box 15, folder 8
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Souvenir program, 1930

  • Box 15, folder 9
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Scrapbook newspaper clippings, 1912-1933

  • Box 15, folder 10
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Personal journal, 1902-1916

  • Box 15, folder 11
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Catalog on Virginia, undated

  • Box 16, folder 1
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Checkbook, 1892

  • Box 16, folder 2
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Clubs and organizations, 1891-1919

  • Box 16, folder 3
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Genealogies, 1895-1904

  • Box 16, folder 4
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Catalogs and pamphlets, 1870-1899

  • Box 16, folder 5
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Historical documents, 1893-1919

  • Box 16, folder 6
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Family names, undated

  • Box 16, folder 7
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Letters Mrs. E.P. Shelby, 1908-1910

  • Box 16, folder 8
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Notes on plants, 1909-1910

  • Box 16, folder 9
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Letters and notes - Mrs. Shelby, 1909-1910

  • Box 16, folder 10
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Clippings, undated

  • Box 16, folder 11
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Journal, 1849

  • Box 16, folder 12
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Family notes, undated

  • Box 17, folder 1
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Letter book, 1904

  • Box 17, folder 2
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Journal, 1913

  • Box 17, folder 3
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Notebook, 1915

  • Box 17, folder 4
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Clippings , 1860-1890

  • Box 17, folder 5
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Thomas H. Shelby book, 1807

  • Box 17, folder 6
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Souvenir pamphlet, 1911

  • Box 17, folder 7
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Gardening book, 1905-1915

  • Box 17, folder 8
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Scrapbook, 1893

  • Box 17, folder 9
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Notebook, undated

  • Box 17, folder 10
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H.K. Shelby notes, 1899-1900

  • Box 17, folder 11
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Addresses, 1898

  • Box 17, folder 12
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Susan H. Shelby notes, 1877

  • Box 17, folder 13
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List of books, 1893

  • Box 18, folder 1
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Genealogy, 1899

  • Box 18, folder 2
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Gardening, 1900-1914

  • Box 18, folder 3
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Gardening, 1907

  • Box 18, folder 4
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Letters and notes, 1897-1898

  • Box 18, folder 5
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Clippings, 1897-1903

  • Box 18, folder 6
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Binding from clippings, undated

  • Box 18, folder 7
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Susan H. Shelby books

  • Box 18, folder 8
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Mary B. Shelby journal, undated

  • Box 18, folder 9
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American Colonization Society Certificate to Thomas H. Shelby, signed by Henry Clay (found in family scrapbook), 1845 August 6

  • Box 18, folder 10
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Family Bible, undated

  • Box 19, folder 1
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Family scrapbook, 1845-1892

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Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1898

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