Virginia Clay McClure papers ,

Abstract

The Virginia Clay McClure papers include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album, and other assorted photographs related to Virginia Clay McClure's time as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky from 1910-1912.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Virginia Clay McClure papers ,
Creator
McClure, Virginia Clay
Extent
0.37 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Subjects
McClure, Virginia Clay, 1889-1980.
University of Kentucky.
Lexington (Ky.)
Women -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Jennifer Queen in November 2006 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Virginia Clay McClure graduated from the University of Kentucky with an A.B. from the College of Arts and Sciences, 1912. She was vice-president of her senior undergraduate class, a member of Y.W.C.A. and President from 1911-1912, a reporter for the Idea, editorial staff for the Kentuckian, and a student assistant in German. McClure received her M.A. degree from UK in 1928, and later returned to UK to earn her Ph. D., making her the first woman to earn a Ph.D. at UK in 1934. She was a teacher for over 25 years at schools in Middlesboro, Paducah, Cynthiana, and Henry Clay high schools, and retired from teaching in 1959. She died in 1980 at the age of 91.
Scope and Content
The Virginia Clay McClure papers include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album, and other assorted photographs related to Virginia Clay McClure's time as an undergraduate at the 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 loose scrapbook items were stuffed in the front of the album and were removed to folders. The photograph album also seems to document this same relevant time period and includes photographs of her classmates many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook. It also includes Arbor Day photographs and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots. The loose photographs include pictures of Virginia Clay McClure, classmates at the University of Kentucky, and class trips and events that Virginia attended.

Contents of the Collection

Scrapbook

  • Box 1
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Loose scrapbook materials

  • Box 2, folder 1-2
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Photograph album

  • Box 2, folder 3
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4 women

  • Box 3, item 1
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a woman standing outside in coat and hat

  • Box 3, item 2
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"Mat, Isabel, Mary" a coal camp, people standing on and around railroad tracks

  • Box 3, item 3
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2 women standing outside

  • Box 3, item 4
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a woman standing by fence with a house in the background

  • Box 3, item 5
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7 men and women at a coal camp sitting on the side of a large mound

  • Box 3, item 6
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7 men and women at a coal camp (appears to be the same people as item #6) sitting on the side of a large mound

  • Box 3, item 7
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"Philip, Isabel, Mildred, Mat, Mary" 7 men and women (appear to be the same people as item #6 and #7) at a coal camp with buildings in the background

  • Box 3, item 8
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7 men and women (appear to be the same people as item #6 and #7) at a coal camp with buildings in the background

  • Box 3, item 9
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"Mat, Isabel, Mary" a coal camp with 2 people at the edge of picture

  • Box 3, item 10
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"Philip, Isabel, Mildred, Mat Jr, Mary" 7 men and women at a coal camp sitting on the side of a large mound

  • Box 3, item 11
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7 men and women at a coal camp sitting on the side of a large mound

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"Mat, Isabel, Mary" a nature scene with water and rock formations

  • Box 3, item 13
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3 women sitting in a hay stack

  • Box 3, item 14
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a snow scene, with a building in the background

  • Box 3, item 15
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"At Rest" soldiers standing with men and women watching them

  • Box 3, item 16
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young man wearing a suit and standing on the walkway to a house

  • Box 3, item 17
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"W.J. Callison Furniture Store" exterior of the building

  • Box 3, item 18
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"Marching into line" troops marching

  • Box 3, item 19
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"Back to town" men and women standing on either side of railroad tracks watching something in the distance

  • Box 3, item 20
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"Passing in review" troops marching and standing in formation, horses, tents, and civilians off in the distance

  • Box 3, item 21
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postcard, a baby sitting in a baby carriage holding a newspaper

  • Box 3, item 22
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postcard with a decorative border, a baby sitting in a baby carriage

  • Box 3, item 23
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2 men and 3 women standing on a rock formation

  • Box 3, item 24
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a woman in graduation cap and gown

  • Box 3, item 25
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a woman in graduation cap and gown (appears to be the same woman as in item #25)

  • Box 3, item 26
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a group of women sitting on the steps of a building

  • Box 3, item 27
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2 women and a man sitting in a boat out in the water

  • Box 3, item 28
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2 women sitting in the grass

  • Box 3, item 29
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3 women sitting on the grass with houses in the background

  • Box 3, item 30
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2 women and a man, photograph is a little blurry

  • Box 3, item 31
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"Sophomore girls Flag Rush (on front of postcard) Thursday Afternoon Dear Mother: Are some of you sick or what is the matter? I have been looking for a letter since Tuesday, and I am so disappointed. I thought I'd be sure to get one this afternoon. I am going to the library to read history, and I'd much rather do something else. I hope you are all well. Write to me right away-Lovingly, Virgie To: Mrs. J.E. McClure Mt. Sterling, Kentucky R.R. #4 (on back of postcard)" 11 women standing in a row wearing white dresses

  • Box 3, item 32
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a woman standing in front of a building wearing graduation cap and gown (appears to be the same woman as in image #25 and #26)

  • Box 3, item 33
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back view of 2 women

  • Box 3, item 34
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a woman standing outside in front of a bush

  • Box 3, item 35
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postcard, a baby in a baby carriage

  • Box 3, item 36
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a woman and a man who is holding 2 small children

  • Box 3, item 37
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a group of women standing against a building

  • Box 3, item 38
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a woman in graduation cap and gown (appears to be the same woman as in item #25, #26, and #33)

  • Box 3, item 39
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an older woman and a baby sitting in chairs in the yard

  • Box 3, item 40
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11 women sitting in a line with letters on the souls of their shoes which spells out "RAVEN SOCIETY"

  • Box 3, item 41
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12 women standing behind a small wall so that only their heads are showing

  • Box 3, item 42
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2 women standing outside

  • Box 3, item 43
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3 women and 1 man sitting down outside together

  • Box 3, item 44
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"The Governor's Speech" off in the distance troops are lined up

  • Box 3, item 45
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a woman standing outside next to a stone wall

  • Box 3, item 46
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a nature scene with 2 people in a boat off in the distance

  • Box 3, item 47
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a man and woman standing together outside

  • Box 3, item 48
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a large tent set up outside

  • Box 3, item 49
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a woman standing outside holding her hat and a flower

  • Box 3, item 50
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a woman and man walking along a path

  • Box 3, item 51
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2 women sitting in the yard outside a house

  • Box 3, item 52
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a woman standing outside

  • Box 3, item 53
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a woman standing outside next to a tree

  • Box 3, item 54
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3 women standing on a fence

  • Box 3, item 55
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3 women sitting on a stone wall

  • Box 3, item 56
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3 women sitting on the grass next to the road

  • Box 3, item 57
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houses in the background

  • Box 3, item 58
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2 women standing next to a tree

  • Box 3, item 59
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2 women (appear to be the same women as in image #59) standing next to a tree

  • Box 3, item 60
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2 women standing next to a tree

  • Box 3, item 61
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2 women walking outside and laughing

  • Box 3, item 62
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