Robert Simms Strader papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert Simms Strader papers
Date
1864-1955
Creator
Strader, Robert Simms, 1869-1955
Extent
1.8 Cubic feet
Subjects
Animal pedigrees.
Catalogs.
Harness racing--Kentucky.
Horse breeders--Kentucky.
Horse trading--Kentucky.
Horse trainers--Kentucky.
Horses--Training.
Lithography.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess
Preferred Citation
73M29: [identification of item], Robert Simms Strader papers, 1864-1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert Simms Strader was born in Boone County, Kentucky, on the stock farm owned by his father, Robert Stuart Strader. In 1875, the elder Strader sold the farm and moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he operated a stable and the Lexington trotting track. At seventeen years of age, the younger Strader began an apprenticeship in the horse business and eventually became a renown horse breeder, trainer, and agent. In 1909, Strader bought Forkland Farm near Lexington and continued to produce many well-known harness racers. He is the father of international socialite and fashion icon, Countess Mona Strader Bismarck.
Scope and Content
The Robert Simms Strader papers consist of correspondence, records, memorabilia, and a scrapbook relating to the breeding, selling, racing, and training of horses. The correspondence concerns the operation of Strader's horse farm, Forkland Farm, and his role as breeder and trainer. The collection also includes a Stallion Service Records book and various printed materials, such as race track programs, horse clubs and associations pamphlets, and postcards. A scrapbook, compiled by Strader, contains clippings about horse racing, pedigree, breeding, and health as well as death notices for celebrated horses.

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

Correspondence, 1891-1948

Scope and Contents note

The Correspondence series contains business letters about horse breeding, selling, and training.

, 1891, 1901-1910

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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, 1911 January-June

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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, 1911 July-December

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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, 1912 January-February

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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, 1912 March-April

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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, 1912 May-June

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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, 1912 July-August

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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, 1912 September-December

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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, 1913 January- April

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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, 1913 May-December

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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, 1914 January-May

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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, 1914 June-December

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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, 1923, 1929-1930

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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, 1931

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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, 1932-1933, 1947-1948

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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General, 1850-1955

Scope and Contents note

The General series contains a Stallion Service Record book, notes by Strader, and newspapers about horse racing. The folder labeled "Biographical information" includes an account of Strader's life; newspaper clippings about major events; such as his daughter's death; and tax returns.

Biographical information, 1910-1955

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Newspapers, 1850-1914

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Notes, 1925, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 10
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Stallion Service Record, 1886, 1890

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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Printed materials, 1875-1955

Scope and Contents note

The Printed materials series includes programs, pamphlets, and books about horse racing.

Programs, postcards, pamphlets, 1875-1955

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Printed materials, 1901-1931

  • Box 3, Folder 8
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Lithographs, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Scrapbook, 1864-1893

Scope and Contents note

The Scrapbook series contains a scrapbook that was compiled by Strader and a folder of items removed from the scrapbook.

Scrapbook, 1864-1874

  • Item 1
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Items from scrapbook, 1871-1876, 1893

  • Box 3, Folder 9
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