Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records

Abstract

The Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records (1922-1951, undated; 2.65 cubic feet; 7 boxes) comprise meeting planning, content and publicity documents relating to the Cakes and Ale Club in Lexington, KY. The items detail Wilson’s creation of the Cakes and Ale Club, policies and procedures.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records
Creator
Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946
Extent
2.65 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Literature -- Societies, etc.
Parties -- Literary collections.
Rare books -- Collectors and collecting -- United States.
Parties -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ann Baillie
Preferred Citation
61W10: [identification of item] Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records, 1922-1951, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Cakes and Ale Club was a rare book appreciation society and dinner club started in 1922 by Lexington, Ky., attorney Samuel M. Wilson (1871-1946). The club was an often formal, men's only gathering of influential business owners, politicians, lawyers, and academics in Kentucky and surrounding states in which guests discussed rare books, rare book collecting and history. Club meetings were usually centered around themes and plots discussed in said books. The parties were by invitation only, and it was a practice of members to send elaborate responses regarding their attendance. The club disbanded in 1946 after Wilson's death in St. Louis, Mo., though members held a memorial service for him in 1947.
Scope and Content
The Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records (1922-1951, undated; 2.65 cubic feet; 7 boxes) comprise meeting planning, content and publicity documents relating to the Cakes and Ale Club in Lexington, Ky. The items detail Wilson’s creation of the Cakes and Ale Club, policies and procedures. Meeting planning materials hold correspondence and invitations to members and other guests, RSVP cards, seating charts, meeting agendas, and bills and receipts. Meeting content materials series has manuscripts of prose, poetry, speeches and song lyrics, books lists, and book plates. Publicity materials include pamphlets and news clippings. The collections also include photographs, objects related to the club meetings, and items related to a memorial event for Samuel M. Wilson held after his death. Items of note are a letter from Kentucky historian Thomas D. Clark; letters from Frank Jones, the manager of the Whitney Green Tree horse farm in Lexington, Ky., who organized a memorial for Wilson after the latter's death; a letter from archeologist and dean of the University of Kentucky’s Graduate School, William D. Funkhouser; and name tags from a George Washington-themed party with United States Vice President Alben W. Barkley.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Artifacts, 1926-1946, undated

The Artifacts series contains envelopes with names, addresses, dates and other information about club meetings; a box containing address information used to hold photographs; a bag of name tags that are bells shaped as cherries, and an award given to a Cakes and Ale club member. The name tags come from a party thrown with United States Vice President Alben W. Barkley. Items within the series are arranged chronologically.

Binder

  • Box 1
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Box

  • Box 1
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Nametags, 1946, undated

  • Box 1
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Envelopes, 1926-1946

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Envelopes, undated

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Whiskey 'Antique' bottle in a medical book called Legal Medicine, 1929

  • Box 8, item 1
The inscription reads A gift from Dr. W. O. Bullock to Samuel M. Wilson at the annual 'Book Party' at Landover. 12th February 1929.
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Correspondence, 1926-1947, undated

The Correspondence series comprises letters sent to and from Samuel Wilson, including letters sent to Kentucky historian Thomas D. Clark and Cakes and Ale Club member Frank Jones. Jones was the manager of the Whitney Green Tree horse farm in Lexington, Ky. Following Wilson's death, he organized the memorial for Wilson. Items within the series are arranged chronologically.

To and from Samuel M. Wilson , 1926-1934

  • Box 2, folder 3-8
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To and from Samuel M. Wilson, 1935-1942

  • Box 3, folder 1-7
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To and from Samuel M. Wilson, 1943-1947, undated

  • Box 4, folder 1-6
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To Thomas D. Clark , 1940 October 10-23

  • Box 4, folder 7
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To Frank Jones , 1947 January 24-30, undated

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Meeting content, 1926-1947, undated

The Meeting content series comprises manuscripts of prose, poetry, party games, speeches and song lyrics, books lists, and book plates, and rare and antique book images, some sent from the Library of Congress. There is a manuscript of a speech about Stephen Foster, a folk songwriter from Kentucky who wrote the song My Old Kentucky Home, that was presented by University of Pittsburgh curator Fletcher Hodges, Jr. to the Cakes and Ale Club. Items within the series arranged chronologically.

Book lists, 1926-1934

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Book plates, undated

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Manuscripts, 1937-1944, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Party games, 1929-1947, undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Rare and antique book images, quotes, 1931, undated

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Song lyrics, poetry, 1931-1945, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Speeches, 1930-1946, undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Meeting planning, 1922-1951, undated

The Meeting planning series comprises correspondence and invitations to members and other guests, greeting cards, membership lists, RSVP cards, seating charts, meeting agendas, nametags, place cards, and bills and receipts. Items within the series are arranged chronologically.

Bills and receipts, 1922-1951, undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Greeting cards, 1934-1939, undated

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Guests and membership lists, 1930-1951, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10-12
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Invitations, 1926-1947, undated

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Meeting agendas, 1939-1944, undated

  • Box 5, folder 14
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Nametags, undated

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Notes, undated

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Place cards, undated

  • Box 6, folder 3
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RSVP cards, 1940 October 9-22, undated

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Seating charts, 1926-1946, undated

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Meeting publicity, 1926-1948, undated

The Meeting publicity series comprises articles and pamphlets about meetings as well as the history of the Cakes and Ale Club. Items are arranged chronologically.

Newspaper clippings, 1926-1947, undated

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Pamphlets, 1932-1948

  • Box 6, folder 7
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Photographs, 1944-1946

The Photographs series contains photographs taken of Wilson, his family, and members of the Cakes and Ale Club, many by Lexington photographer Winston Coleman. The majority of photographs are of club meetings. There are also photographs of Wilson's house, Landover, taken around the Christmas holiday. The date on the back of the photographs suggest a date in which the items were stamped but may not be the date in which the events depicted occurred. Items are arranged chronologically.

Cakes and Ale Club members, 1944 February 25

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club dinner, 1944 February 25

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club dinner, reading, 1944 February 25

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club dinner, Samuel M. Wilson addressing group, 1944 February 25

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club members, 1944 February 25

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Samuel M. Wilson and family at gravesite, 1944 October 12

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club dinner, 1945 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club dinner, Samuel M. Wilson reading, 1945 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Samuel M. Wilson, 1945 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club members, 1945 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Samuel M.Wilson (left), two unidentified men, taken at Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church, 1945 September 30

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Snow at Landover, Christmas 1945 , 1945 December

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Cakes and Ale Club dinner, 1946 February 22

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Cakes and Ale Club members, 1946 February 22

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Cakes and Ale Club members, Samuel M. Wilson at head of table, 1946 February 22

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Samuel M. Wilson and Fletcher G. Hodges, 1946 February 22

  • Box 6, folder 9
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At Landover, The morning after , 1946 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Robert L. Kincaid and Fletcher G. Hodges, at Landover, 1946 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Robert L. Kincaid, Samuel M. Wilson and Fletcher G. Hodges, at Landover, 1946 February 22

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Samuel M. Wilson, 1946 February 23

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Samuel M. Wilson memorial, 1947-1948

  • Box 6, folder 10
The Samuel M. Wilson memorial series comprises invitations and programs for events honoring Wilson after his death in 1946. Items are arranged chronologically.
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