Gibson-Humphreys family papers

Abstract

The Gibson-Humphrey papers (dated 1847-1954, bulk 1847-1897; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of family correspondence, documenting the family life of the Gibsons and Humphreys of Woodford County, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Gibson-Humphreys family papers
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Kindergarten facilities.
Plantation life -- Louisiana.
Women's rights.
Women -- Suffrage -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
61m140: [Identification of item], Gibson-Humphreys family papers, 1847-1954, bulk 1847-1897, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Tobias Gibson was a wealthy landowner with large holdings in Kentucky and Louisiana. His family lived in the Louisiana during the winters and returned to Woodford County, Kentucky for the summers. Gibson was married to Louisiana Breckinridge Hart and they had nine children. Their six sons attended Harvard or Yale and all traveled and studied in Europe. All served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, Randall Lee attaining the rank of General and Hart, that of Colonel. Randall later became a U.S. Senator from Louisiana, and Hart represented Woodford County in the Kentucky General Assembly and served as a trustee for the State University (now the University of Kentucky). The oldest of the Gibson daughters, Sarah, married Joseph A. Humphreys of Woodford County. She became an author and was active in public affairs, both as a member of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association and as an advocate of the free kindergarten movement.
Scope and Content
The Gibson-Humphrey papers (dated 1847-1954, bulk 1847-1897; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of family correspondence, documenting the family life of the Gibsons and Humphreys of Woodford County, Kentucky. The correspondence includes many letters to Sarah and Joseph Humphreys from the Gibsons. Also included are several letters to Joseph from his sister, Mary. These letters describe life in the deep South and in Kentucky and reflect the impact of the Civil War on daily life. Plantations mentioned in the letters include Greenwood, Forest Oak, Live Oak, and Magnolia. Woodford County homes figuring in the correspondence are Sumner's Forest, Waverly, Hartland, Spring Hill, and Sherwood. The papers also reflect Sarah Humphreys' interests in equal rights for women, women's suffrage, and other social reform activities. Correspondants include Mary Cecil Cantrill; Laura Clay; Anthony Day; Mary Humphreys Dey; Reuben T. Durrett; Hart Gibson; Louisiana Breckinridge Hart Gibson; Randall Lee Gibson; Tobias Gibson; Josephine K. Henry; J. Stoddard Johnston; Celia Logan; Donald Grant Mitchell; L.S. Mitchell; and W.W. Voorhies.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
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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

Correspondence, 1847-1860

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1861-1874

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1875-1899

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1888-1891

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1892-1897

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Church bulletin, receipts, Westchester Racing Association, 1889-1954

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Photographs of World War II soldiers and a girl, circa 1944

  • Box 1, folder 8
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