Sunday, September 14, 2014

For Medicinal Purposes Only

You never quite know what you'll stumble upon in the stacks.

This Prohibition-era "Whiskey 'Antique'" bottle was found hidden in a medical book called Legal Medicine. The inscription reads "A gift from Dr. W. O. Bullock to Samuel M. Wilson at the annual 'Book Party' at Landover. 12th February 1929." 

This bourbon was bottled in Frankfort, Ky. by  the G. G. White Co. in 1913 for "medicinal purposes only".

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Fun? Well Rather" The Diary of Virginia Clay McClure - part of the Sesquicentennial Stories Series

September 6, 1910

Arrived in Lexington about eight o’ clock, and came out to Patt. Hall on a “South Lime Car” Found Lillian, Edith, Lydia, and a lot of new girls. Went over to school and was 266th to register. New girls everywhere.

Went to 5:25 to meet Addie. Told her about everything on the way home, She spent the night with me, and we told over past, present, and future events.

Wednesday afternoon Annie, Addie, and I went to town on one of our old trips, and found Jessie Milton here. All but two of our girls back.

Professor Noe at right

Got out of physics, Physiology, and Botany by hard work and much wire pulling. “Juvenal” with Prof. Jones and “Psychology in English” with Prof. Noe have charms, and power to reconcile me to some undesirable things.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Fun? Well Rather" The Diary of Virginia Clay McClure - part of the Sesquicentennial Stories Series

In celebration of the University of Kentucky's 150th anniversary, beginning on September 6, the diary of former student Virginia Clay McClure will be released, one entry at at time*.  The diary chronicles the day to day activities of Virginia's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky from 1910-1912.

Virginia McClure attended the University of Kentucky graduating in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928, also from UK.  After receiving her AB she taught for a year at Middlesboro, another year at Paducah, and seven years in Cynthiana.  After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in Fayette County Schools.  At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

The first woman who received a Ph. D. from the University of Kentucky said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite those words, Dr. Virginia Clay McClure received her Ph. D. in American history in 1934.

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.”  Dr. McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish.  

Dr. McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them.

Dr. McClure then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

Dr. McClure was also a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

Virginia Clay McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album, and other assorted photographs related to Virginia Clay McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky (now University of Kentucky) from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings; it follows this experience from her junior through her senior year, 1910-1912. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her University of Kentucky classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots. 

*Diary transcriptions completed by Taylor Adams, SCRC Learning Lab intern.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In memory: Wallace Clayton "Wah Wah" Jones, July 14, 1926 – July 27, 2014

"Wah Wah" Jones and his close friend Humsey Yessin in 1945.

Jones will be remembered by fans, family, and friends.  His legacy in UK Athletics will live on in the Big Blue Sports Archives at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky Photographs Now Available on ExploreUK

Another fantastic Civil War-related collection has been added to ExploreUK. The Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs (dated circa 1861-1865; 0.6 cubic feet; 75 items) contains photographs showing prominent civil war figures such as Ulysses Simpson Grant, John Hunt Morgan, Mary Todd Lincoln as well as a group portrait of the Kentucky Division of United Confederate Veterans. The collection was drawn together artificially from various purchases and is arranged by source of acquisition.

The full finding aid can be found here.

Above: Unidentified man in military dress

Friday, July 18, 2014

Appleton Sturgis papers, 1862-1874 now on ExploreUK

We're pleased to announce the Appleton Sturgis papers have been digitized and are available on ExploreUK.

The collection (dated 1862-1874; 0.45 cubic feet; 72 items) consist of 70 letters written by Appleton Sturgis, who served for ten months on a Union transport steamer, the Achilles, in the Peninsular campaign in Virginia and Maryland. These lengthy letters contain detailed descriptions of military life, battles, strategy, and a variety of hand-drawn illustrations and maps. They also include Sturgis' personal observations of a tour of the ironclad Monitor (Box 1, Folder 19); of President Abraham Lincoln (Box 1, Folder 21); and various military personnel, including Admiral David Farragut, General Nathaniel P. Banks, General Benjamin Butler, General Ulysses S. Grant, and General William T. Sherman (Box 1, Folder 43). Sturgis also describes in these letters the work he does on behalf of his father, obtaining charters and certificates for company ships to be contracted out to the Union. Additionally, the collection includes one telegram and one general release document.

Click here to see the entire collection guide.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Collection on Manuscript Documents from Spain, 1139-1798 now on ExploreUK

We're pleased to announce the Collection on Manuscript Documents from Spain has been digitized and is now available on ExploreUK.

Document Signed. Pere Guinard. In Dei nomine ego Pere Guinard et uxor su, 1139

The collection (dated 1139-1798; 5.85 cubic feet; 921 items) includes legal documents, ecclesiastical records, and personal papers in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, French, and Italian generated by Spanish dukes, counts, clerics, students, merchants, property owners, and many others. It also includes documents, edicts, and decrees endorsed or initiated by several Spanish kings including Ferdinand the Catholic (Ferdinand V); King Peter of Aragon; Philip II, Philip III, Philip IV, and Philip V; and Charles I, Charles, II, Charles III, and Charles IV. A few of the documents are signed by kings and princes, including numbers 153, 418, and 470 (Felipe IV); 158 and 161 (Felipe V); 698 (Felipe II); and 694 (Prince Carlos, son of Philip II). Other notables that appear frequently in this collection include the Duque de Abrantes, the Conde de Aguilar, the Marqués de Montealegre, the Conde de Oñate, and the Duque de Sesar. A complete index of personal names can be found in the Special Collections Research Room.

A large portion of the collection consists of legal documents such as wills, bills of sale, and property transfers. Other materials include personal letters, marriage announcements, personal tributes, appointments, and genealogical records. The oldest document is number 753, dated 1139. The largest document is number 672, which is 58 cm by 64 cm. Document number 755 was written on February 15, 1212, five months before the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, the last stand of Muslims versus Christians.

Taken as a whole, this diverse group of documents the opportunity to study Spanish history and culture, linguistics, social mores, and economy from the twelfth through eighteenth centuries.

Document Signed [multiple documents and signatures]. Duque de Abrantes. El duque de Abrantes. Marqués de Valdefuentes

Document Signed. Notary. In nomine Dei, amen. Per hoc [...] publicum, 1505