William Rodes Shackelford Collection (Record Group 110), 1786-1964
- William Rodes Shackelford Collection (Record Group 110), 1786-1964
- Shackelford, William Rodes, 1869-1936
- 15 cubic feet, 20,250 items, 27 boxes, wrapped items
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Biography / History
- William Rodes Shackelford was born on October 26, 1869, in Richmond, the son of Mary Keen and James T. Shackelford. Shackelford was the eldest child from James T.'s second marriage. James's first wife, Mary Bates, bore two children--Daniel Bates Shackelford and James Shackelford, who died at age one. Shackelford had three brothers and four sisters--Clay Keen, John Hockaday, Sally Clay Keen, George Daniel, James Jr., Mary Keen, and an infant girl who died at birth.
- Shackelford was educated at Central University in Richmond, Kentucky, and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June 1887, at the age of seventeen. In June 1888, he had conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts. At Central University, he participated in numerous oratorial contests and was active in Alpha Tau Omega, a men's social fraternity. Too young to be admitted to the bar, he taught in a private school for one year while still pursuing his legal studies. He subsequently took a law lecture course at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in January 1891 in Richmond.
- When Central University was absorbed by consolidation into Centre College of Danville in 1901, Shackelford led in the fight to retain for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond, the Central University campus grounds which were used for the Walters Institute, an educational institution for boys of which Shackelford was one of the founders. This retention of the ownership of the old campus and the ability of its Trustees to offer it as is gift to the state of Kentucky, was a major factor in the establishment of the Eastern State Normal School, now Eastern Kentucky University.
- On January 29, 1907, Shackelford married his cousin, Anne Louise Clay, of Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Cassius M. Clay, Jr. and Sue Elizabeth Clay and came from a line of pioneer settlers of Bourbon County. Shackelford and Anne had six children, only two of whom lived to adulthood--Anne Field and Mary Keen.
- Early in life Shackelford developed a keen interest in politics. He was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. In November 1909, Shackelord was elected County Judge of Madison County on the Democratic ticket, and took office in January 1910. He was re-elected in 1913. In August 1915, he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Circuit Judge in the 25th judicial district (composed of Madison, Clark, Powell, and Jessamine counties), and was elected in November of that year. Resigning the office of County judge, he went on the Circuit bench in January 1916. He was re-elected Circuit Judge in 1921, 1927, and in 1933, and had, at the time of his death, served only little more than two years of the last six-year term for which he had been elected.
- In 1931, Judge Shackelford became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of Kentucky. However, when it became apparent that the nomination would be won by Rudy Laffoon of Madisonville, he seconded the nomination of his opponent.
- Over the years, Shackelford participated in various fraternal, social, and religious organizations. He was a Master Mason in Richmond Lodge No. 25, F. & A.M. He was elected High Priest twice in Richmond Chapter No. 16, Royal Arch Masons, and elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons, in 1914. Also, he was made a Knight Templar and elected Eminent Commander in Richmond Commandery No. 16. Shackelford was the Exalted Ruler in Richmond Lodge No. 581, B.P.O.E. He also served as ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond from 1915 and was for many years clerk of the session.
- Shackelford belonged to many clubs and organizations including the Kentucky Historical Society, Madison County Historical Society, Pendennis Club, Filson Club, Lexington Club, and the Oleika Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Lexington.
- Shackelford enjoyed historical and genealogical research. He wrote two books during his lifetime, one on the history of the First Presbyterian Church of Richmond and the other a booklet on the descendents of Colonel George Shackelford.
- William Rodes Shackelford died on March 7, 1936, of bronchial pneumonia and is interred in the Richmond Cemetery.
- Scope and Content
- Through correspondence, diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other primary source materials, the public career and personal life of Shackelford and his family is documented. For researchers interested in the history of Central University, glimpses of Richmond social, cultural and political life from the 1880's to the 1930's, and genealogy of the Shackelford family, the Shackelford Collection provides abundant information.
- Since the collection had no organization, the Archives staff imposed its own pattern of arrangement. The inventory to the collection describes material at the folder title level. In addition, a correspondent name index lists letters of content Shackelford received from prominent persons.
Contents of the Collection
November 3, 1838
January 11, 1839
January - June 1886
July - December 1886
January - June 1887
July - December 1887
January - June 1888
July - December 1888
January - July 1890
August - October 1890
November - December 1890
January - June 1891
July - December 1891
January - June 1895
July - December 1895
January - July 1896
August - December 1896
C. M. Clay Letters: 1897-1898
January - June 1898
July - December 1898
January - March 1927
April - December 1927
January - August 1928
September - December 1928
January - June 1929
July - December 1929
October 1 - October 18, 1930
October 19 - October 31, 1930
January - September 1932
October - December 1932
1940 - 1947
1951 - 1957
Sympathy cards - March 1936
Sympathy Flower cards for W. R. Shackelford's Funeral - March 1936
Sympathy Letters - March 1 - March 11, 1936
Sympathy Letters - March 12 - March 31, 1936
Sympathy Letters - April - July 1936
Sympathy Telegrams - March 1936
Correspondent Name Index
Chandler, Albert Benjamin. Governor of KY and U.S. Senator from KY. (1):March 7, 1936
Chapman, Virgil. U.S. Representative from Kentucky. (1):March 12, 1936
Clay, Cassius Marcellus. U.S. Ambassador to Russia. (21):Jan 29, 1897Feb 1, 1897Feb 5, 1897 (3 letters)Feb 7, 1897Feb 10, 1897Feb 28, 1897March 8, 1897April 10, 1897April 12, 1897April 26, 1897May 3, 1897Sept 27, 1897Nov 29, 1897Jan 13, 1898Feb 16, 1898Feb 17, 1898Feb 22, 1898undated (2 letters)
Johnson, Keen. Governor of Kentucky. (2):March 1936March 7, 1936
Lindsay, William. U.S. Senator from Kentucky. (1):February 16, 1898
McCreary, James B. Governor of Kentucky and U.S. Senator from Kentucky. (2): May 17, 1894January 18, 1904
- Box 3 & 4
Nice, Harry W. Governor of Maryland. (1):January 17, 1935
Stanley, Augustus Owsley. Governor of KY and U.S. Senator from KY. (3):February 12, 1888February 27, 1888March 9, 1936
- Box 1 & 9
Diary and Address Book Series
Address book of William Rodes Shackelford, ca. 1930.
- Box 11
- Box 11
Business Financial Documents Subseries
Collection of Fees Court Book - 1891-1936.
Court Bank Book - 1895-1906.
Court Collection Docket Book - 1898-1915.
Court Date Book - 1891-1905.
Court Ledger - 1910-1917
Executor Books - 1902-1927.
Ledger Book of Dr. S. M. Letcher - 1881-1887.
Ledger Book of Dr. S. M. Letcher - 1888.
Ledger Book of Dr. S. M. Letcher - 1888-1891.
Madison County Check Stubs - 1904-1910
Richmond Police, Circuit, and Common Pleas Court Books - 1891-1894.
Madison Quarterly Court Fee Bills - 1910-1915, A-D.
Madison Quarterly Court Fee Bills - 1910-1915, E-K.
Madison Quarterly Court Fee Bills - 1910-1915, L-R.
Madison Quarterly Court Fee Bills - 1910-1915, S-Z.
Personal Financial Documents Subseries
Personal Bank Books - 1913-1931.
Check Stubs - 1913-1931.
Financial Correspondence - 1907-1955,
Income Tax Returns - 1917-1925.
Income Tax Returns - 1926-1931.
Income Tax Returns - 1932-1938.
Receipts - 1828-1894
Receipts - 1895-1899.
Receipts - 1900-1903.
Receipts - 1907-1909
Receipts - 1910-1913.
Receipts - 1914-1917.
Receipts - 1918-1923.
Receipts - 1924-1928
Receipts - 1929-1936
Sales Receipts of Property - 1914.
Statements of Bills - 1916-1946.
Stocks - 1911-1956
Tax Receipts - 1913-1939.
Trustees - 1920-1928
Correspondence - 1891-1921.
Correspondence - 1924-1934.
Correspondence - Undated.
Family Trees Genealogical Publications - 1934-1936.
Irvine Family Records
Research Notes - Clay Family
Research Notes - Shackelford Family
Rough Drafts of Genealogical Reports.
Anne Louise Clay Family Tree.
William Rodes Shackelford Family Tree.
William Rodes Shackelford Family Tree.
Legal Document Series
Abstracts of Title - 1877-1919
Appeals - Reversed and Affirmed - 1916-1934.
Cassius M. Clay, Jr. Will - 1903
Contracts - 1924-1926.
Deeds - 1827-1878
Deeds - 1880-1912
Estate of William Rodes Shackelford - 1936
Grand Jury List - 1915
Leases - 1909-1935.
Minutes of Central University Alumni Association - 1901.
Mortgages - 1892-1955.
Papers of Circuit Judge Race - 1915.
Petitions - Undated, 1926
Resolutions - December 7, 1915
J. T. West Documents
Wills - 1888.
Court Cases -
Isaac West vs. R. B. McVey and James Clay - 1876.
George B. Newton vs. Brutus J. Clay, Jr. - October 1891.
George M. Willging vs. J. Stone Walker - June 8, 1892.
Nancy Gentry vs. C. J. Walker - October 20, 1892.
Brutus J. Clay, Jr. vs. George B. Newton - October 27, 1892
Mary Hedges Clay vs. C. M. Clay - May 1904
Central University vs. Sallie A. Miller - October 6, 1908.
Sue Clay Goodman, Cyril Goodman, Anne Clay Shackelford, W. R. Shackelford vs. Cassius M. Clay, III and John Harris Clay - 1913.
Bourbon County Court - June 1, 1914
Commonwealth of KY vs. Broaddus (Betting on Election) - Oct 12, 1915
Sue Clay Goodman vs. Cassius M. Clay, III - July 1926.
Richmond Lodge vs. William S. Broaddus - 1935
Deed between P.D. Roberts and Michael Ryon - January 4, 1786.
Awards and Certificates -
1. Certificate of membership to Blue Licks Monumental Association, April 23, 1899
2. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford representative to Grand Commandery of Kentucky, given by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Louisiana, November 21, 1904
3. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford representative to Grand Council of the State of Kentucky for the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of California, January 3, 1905
4. Certificate of membership to Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine, January 26, 1907
5. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford representative to Grand Chapter of Kentucky for the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of RI, December 3, 1909
6. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate of Kentucky to the National Association of Probate Judges, August 14, 1912
7. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the California Miner's Association Convention, December 1912
8. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to National Convention of the American Road Builders Association, November 27, 1912
9. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the International Dry-Farming Congress, July 28, 1913
10. Certificate appointing William R. Shackelford a delegate to the Third American Road Congress, August 11, 1913
11. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the International Dry-Farming Congress, September 15, 1913
12. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the Fourth American Road Congress, September 7, 1914
13. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the World Court Congress, May 6, 1915
14. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the American Prison Association, August 22, 1925
15. Bible Study Certificate for Mary Keen Shackelford, April 12, 1926
16. Certificate appointing W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the United States Road Convention, April 26, 1927
17. Science Hill diploma for Anne Field Shackelford, June 11, 1929
General Memorabilia -
46 star American flag,
Baltimore Lodge No. 7 pin, Denver, 1906
Madison High School basketball ticket, 1928.
Certificate for 100 merits for W. R. Shackelford, December 4, 1878.
Certificate for 100 merits for W. R. Shackelford, November, 1879
Certificate for 100 merits for W. R. Shackelford, November, 1880
Certificate of membership to Richmond Public Library
Publicity card for W. R. Shackelford for Circuit Judge, 1915
"Polecat" card for W. R. Shackelford to win election
Goose Lake International Music Festival bumper sticker, August 7-9,?
Drawing, "A Village Maid."
Christmas card made by Rodes Shackelford before his death
Sigma Alpha Epsilon invitation, March 11,?, University of Kentucky
Mattie Thompson flower bud from her bouquet, August 2, 1889
Golf Club invitation, July 12, 1929
Complimentary ticket to Bourbon County Agricultural Society, 1894
Invitation to a lecture, August 29
Drawing, "Me and My Dog"
Drawing, "Field," by E.B.R., 1923
Invitation to Spring Bridge Shuffle, May 19, 1933
Invitation to be a Kappa Kappa Gamma member
Report card of Field Shackelford, 1923-1924
Report card of Field Shackelford, 1922-1923
Report card of Field Shackelford, 1925-1926
Invitation to Phi Delta Theta dance
Invitation to opening of Guerrant Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1917
Shackelford congratulatory card for speech given at Central University
Pilotage map of Western Europe, 1944.
Interborough Rapid Transit Company map of New York City
Map of Fayette County, Kentucky, 1912.
Aerial photo map of Natchitoches Quadrant, LA, Grid Zone D, Sheet 4 of 36, 1941
Aerial photo map of Natchitoches Quadrant, LA, Grid Zone D, Sheet 29 of 36, 1941
Field Shackelford's high school scrapbook
Newspaper Clipping Series
Obituaries 1899, Undated
William Rodes Shackelford Obituaries March, 1936
Family, 1890-1939 -
Group, 1888-1927 -
The Buchers, August 15, 1898,
Unidentified man and woman, August 15, 1898,
Elizabeth, Margaret, and Katherine Ramsey, August 31, 1907,
Mary Theresa, Robert Jr., and Anne Goldthwaite, Christmas, 1907,
Unidentified men and boys, June, 1914,
L. Dennis, Lucy Ewing, Lee Edam, H. Wallington, Mary Crawford, Tent 15, CDB, 1927,
Sports, 1925 -
Blue Grass Football champions, 1925,
- Box 23, folder 3
Family, undated -
Mary Keen Shackelford,
Mary Keen Shackelford and Molly Gloster,
Cassius Clay Shackelford,
William Rodes Shackelford,
Anne Field Shackelford,
Keen and Field Shackelford,
William Rodes Shackelford,
Group photographs, undated and unlabeled.
- Box 23, folder 5
Single poses, undated and unlabeled.
- Box 23, folder 6
Outdoor scenes, undated and unlabeled.
- Box 23, folder 7
Photographic plate of C. M. Clay, Sr.
- Box 23, folder 8
- Box 23, folder 9
- Box 23, folder 10
Judicial Court, ca. 1925
Birthday Dinner for President Roosevelt, May 9, 1934.
1. Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Constitution. Zeta Chapter, Central University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1886.
2. Annual of the First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Kentucky, September, 1927.
3. Annual of the First Presbyterian Church, rough draft, Richmond, Kentucky, September, 1927
4. The Battle of the Books, Dan Swift.
5. Biography ot Robert Rodes Burnam
Book Catalogues and Order Forms
6. Catalogue of American History. Dayton, Virginia: Joseph K. Ruebush Co.
7. Catalogue of Virginia History. Dayton, Virginia: Joseph K. Ruebush Co.
8. Catalogue of Kentuckiana
9. Announcement of book by Phillip Bruce: Social Life of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century. Dayton, Virginia: Joseph K. Ruebush Co
10. New Classical Atlas. Ginn & Company, 1890
Card Tricks Books
11. Card Stunts for Kiddies. Cincinnati: U.S. Playing Card Co., 1921
12. Card Tricks for the Amateur Magician. Cincinnati: The U.S. Playing Card Co., 1921
13. Fortune Telling with Playing Cards. Cincinnati: The U.S. Playing Card Co., 1921
14. How to Entertain with Cards. Cincinnati: The U.S. Playing Card Co., 1921.
15. "The Christmas Spirit," a juvenile cantata, 1914.
16. Constitution of Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Assoc, ca. 1888
20. Feuillet, Octave. Jeune Homme Pauvre. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1866.
21. Worman, Dr. J. H. Cours De Francais. New York: A. S. Barnes & Company, 1881
22. "History of the Location of the Capitol at Frankfort." Lexington Herald
23. "History of Silver Creek Presbyterian Church." Rough draft.
24. Kercheval, Samuel. "History of the Valley of Virginia." 1833
International Conciliation Books
25. Geshkoff, Theodore. The Law on Bulgarian Nationality. Worcester, Massachusetts: International Conciliation, May, 1928.
26. Scott, James Brown. The Sixth International Conference of American States: A Survey. Worcester, Massachusetts: International Conciliation, June, 1928
1. The Kentucky Register. Richmond, KY: Register Printing Company, 1885.
2. List of passengers aboard the "Hoherizollern", April 3, 1907
3. Minutes of the Synod of Kentucky. Frankfort, Kentucky: October 18, 1927
4. Onward. Vol. XX, No. 27, Richmond, Virginia: July 3, 1927.
5. Pendennis Club. Louisville, Kentucky: 1928.
6. Physics Book - Steward, Balfour. Lessons in Elementary Physics. London: Macmillan and Co., 1886.
7. Gilbert, W. S. and Sullivan, Arthur. "Pinafore" or "The Lass That Loved a Sailor". An entirely original comic opera. Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, ca. 1880
14. Versailles Commandery No. 3 Masonic Temple Dance program, May 22, 1902
15. Presentation of portrait of Dr. Robert L. Breck, Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College, April 23, 1926.
16. Greater Louisville Concert program, Madame Luella Melius, Feb 20, 1928.
17. Shelbyville High School Commencement program, June 3-7, 1928
18. Science Hill School Class of 1929 presentation of "Pomander Walk," April 23, 1929.
19. Little Theater, Smith College presentation of "The Perfect Alibi," January 20, 1931
20. Smith College Exercises in Commemoration of 199th Anniversary of Birth of Washington, February 23, 1931.
21. Joyland Casino program of dances, 1932.
22. Smith College Theatre Workshop presentation of 4 one-act plays, May 11, 1932.
23. Delta Tau Delta Circus Dance program, April 22, 1933.
24. The Guignol Theatre presentation of "Death Takes a Holiday," April 3, 1933
25. Sophomore Carnival "Zero's Hour in Pole-land" program, 1931
26. Nancy Dykes School of Dancing recital program, May 29, 1947.
27. The Girls' City Club of Northampton "Spanish Moon" program, April 9-10
28. Brahms Cycle presentation of "Principal Works of Johannes Brahms" program
29. Delta Tau Delta One-Ring Circus program, April 22, 1933.
Publications about Shackelfords
30. "In Memoriam of Daniel Bates Shackelford." Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Kentucky, March 17, 1933.
31. "In Memoriam of Judge W. Rodes Shackelford." Grand Chapter of Kentucky Royal Arch Masons, March, 1936.
32. The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, 1945.
Royal Arch Masons
33. Richardson, Jabez. Monitor of Free-Masonry. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1860
34. Charter and By-Laws of Richmond Commandery, No. 19, Knights Templar. Richmond, Kentucky: John A. Williams, Printer, 1876.
35. Middlesborough Lodge, B.P.O.E. program, July 5-7, 1906.
36. Roster of Richmond Lodge, No. 25 F. & A.M.; Richmond Royal Arch Chapter No. 16; Richmond Commandery No. 19, May 1, 1919.
37. Roster of Richmond Lodge, No. 25 F. & AM.; Richmond Royal Arch Chapter No. 16; Richmond Commandery No. 19, July 1, 1921.
38. In memoriam of Laban T. Everett, March, 1922
39. Roster of Richmond Lodge, No. 25 F. & A.M.; Richmond Royal Arch Chapter No. 16; Richmond Commandery No. 19, January 1, 1924.
40. Hunt, Charles C. Officers of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. Educational Bureau of the General Grand Chapter, R.A.M.
41. Crowe, William J. The Symbolism of the Holy Royal Arch. LaGrange, Kentucky: The Oldham Era Print, 1925
42. Royal Arch Masons - Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky Royal Arch Masons 103rd Annual Convocation, Louisville, October 19-20, 1920
1. Royal Arch Masons - Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky Royal Arch Masons 105th Annual Convocation, Louisville, October 17-18, 1922.
2. School Papers - Class notes and lessons, 1920-1931
University of Kentucky
5. Woman's Self Government Association of the University of Kentucky, 1932-1933
6. Sulzer, Elmer G., compiler. Songs of U.K. Lexington: Music Committee, University of Kentucky, 1933.
7. University of Louisville School of Medicine Commencement program, June 9, 1936.
June 1886 - "The Benefits of War"
June 1886 - "The Benefits of War" /Rough Draft.
June 8, 1887 - "Rex Regium, Deus Deorum" /Graduating Oration.
1887 - "Grumblers of the Class of '87"
June, 1895 - Annual Alumni Address, Central University - Richmond, Ky.
July 4, 1896 - Speech to the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution/Rough Draft
December 25, 1903 - "Elks Christmas Trees" /Rough Draft.
ca. 1904 - Eulogy for Major C. F. Burnam/Rough Draft
ca. 1911 - Tribute to Kentucky/Rough Draft.
June 3, 1913 - "Confederate Memorial Services" /Rough Draft.
May 24, 1915 - Campaign Speech of J. M. Benton - Winchester, Ky.
June 5, 1915 - Campaign Speech of Judge W. R. Shackelford - Winchester, Ky.
June 25-27, 1931 - "The Good Old Days" /Address Delivered by Urey Woodson at 62nd Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Press Association - Paducah, Ky.
1931 - Campaign Speech given at the Pendennis Club - Louisville, Ky.
n.d. - "History of Philosophy" /Rough Draft.
n.d. - "Ornamemtal Trees" /Rough Draft.
n.d. - "Restored Souls" /Sermon
n.d. - Sermon/Rough Draft.
n.d. - Suicide/Rough Draft
Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Collection Overview
- Preferred Citation
- Contents of the Collection