Check out the new collections available this month at the Kentucky Historical Society’s Martin F. Schmidt Library!
Watson and Robinson Families Letters, SC 1261
The Watson family letters (most by Isabel/Isabella Watson) originate in Mississippi City, MS and include news of people's health and illnesses, activities, church and religion, the enslaved status of people in the Hopkinsville community, births and deaths, and the sale of individuals. Several letters are addressed to Reuben Faulkner, man of color, and Violet Ware, colored servant. The Ferdinand Robinson letters are addressed to Reuben Robinson, man of color, care of Richard Faulkner, and originate in Lexington, Kentucky. Robinson describes the death of his first wife, the health of his three children, his farm, his freedom and his sister Mary and brother Nelson, and his marriage to his second wife, Margaret. Surnames mentioned as authors and recipients of the letters are Watson, Robinson, Faulkner/Falkner, Ware/Weir, Edmons, Davis, Tegarden, Slaughter, and Hopkins. Places letters originate from or are sent to include: Hopkinsville (Christian County, Kentucky), Lexington (Fayette County, Kentucky), Mississippi City (Harrison County, Mississippi), Brandon (Rankin County, Mississippi), Williamson County (Illinois), and Paducah (McCracken County, Kentucky). Find out more!
Kentucky Militia ordnance bonds, SC 1158
Two ordnance bonds issues by the Kentucky Militia for the release of weapons to John Hunt Morgan. The first bond was issued 18 February 1852 in Fayette County, KY, while Morgan was serving as a Captain of the Artillery, 42nd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Kentucky Militia. The second bond was issued 8 October 1858 in Fayette County, while Morgan was serving as a Captain of the Hampton Rifles. Bond is signed on verso by Charles Morehead. Find out more!
Johnson Family Bible, SC 1215
Includes birth, death, and marriage information for the surnames Johnson, Burch, Julian, Mitchusson, Haydon, Miller, Mitchell, Rankin, Lewis, Van Pelt, Vance, Offutt, Bell, Glass, Waters, Moore, Amis, Nickolas, Davis, Finch, Pollock, Shipman, Lucas, Slaughter, Scott, Montgomery, and Winton from 1791-1855. Bible published by Mathew Carey in 1812. Folder includes letters, a recipe, and handwritten family history information. Places mentioned: Louisville (Ky.); New Orleans (La.); Clifton (Ky.). Find out more!
Virginia Louise Hart memory book, SC 679
This one item collection consists of the high school memory book of Virginia Louise Hart. The scrapbook covers the dates of 1919-1921 and contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and writings covering Hart’s days at Paducah High School in Kentucky. She later became Mrs. J.C. Dysart and settled in Columbia, Missouri. Find out more!
For over 100 years, the Martin F. Schmidt Library and Special Collections has collected research materials which document the people, places and events in Kentucky’s history. The library’s resources include materials such as manuscripts, microfilm, county records, maps, published genealogies, oral history tapes, photographs, land records, and rare books. The Kentucky Historical Society is open to the public Wednesdays 10-4; Thursday 10-8; Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-5.