Bradley family papers

Abstract

The Bradley family papers (dated 1776-1938, undated; 4.39 cubic feet; 4 record storage cartons and 4 photograph boxes) consists of correspondence, financial documents, notebooks, ledgers, and photographs primarily belonging to Katherine S. Bradley, which document her long association with former Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers. The papers also contain material relating to her father, John N. Bradley, and brother, Eugene Bradley.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Bradley family papers
Extent
4.39 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Horse industry -- Kentucky -- History -- 19th century.
Trials (Conspiracy) -- Kentucky.
Photographers -- Kentucky.
Historic buildings -- Kentucky -- Conservation and restoration.
Baptists -- Education -- Kentucky.
Assassination -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format and subject in five series: Business materials, Correspondence, Personal materials, Caleb Powers, and Photographs.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
87m64: [Identification of item], Bradley family papers, 1776-1938, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Katherine Stout Bradley and Eugene Bradley were the children of John Nicholas Bradley, professor of Latin at Georgetown College, lecturer on Baptist theology, farmer, horse breeder, and businessman, and his wife Belle. Katherine was closely involved in efforts to proove the innocence of Caleb Powers, convicted four times of conspiracy to assassinate William Goebel in 1900. Powers was twice given life sentences and once was sentenced to death before being pardoned by Governor Augustus Willson in 1908. He was elected to Congress in 1910 and served four terms. Katherine Bradley coordinated fundraising efforts while Powers was imprisoned, shipping books and copies of his speeches and keeping accounts.
Eugene Bradley graduated from Georgetown in 1912 and received a Master's degree in art from Yale University in 1913. After service in the photographic division of the Signal Corps during World War I, he returned to Georgetown and established a photography studio in conjunction with Katherine. They became known as Kentucky's leading photographers. Katherine later worked for several years as a court examiner in Scott County and became very involved in historic preservation projects.
Scope and Content
The Bradley family papers (dated 1776-1938, undated; 4.39 cubic feet; 4 record storage cartons and 4 photograph boxes) consists of correspondence, financial documents, notebooks, ledgers, and photographs primarily belonging to Katherine S. Bradley, which document her long association with former Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers. The papers also contain material relating to her father, John N. Bradley, and brother, Eugene Bradley.
The Business Materials series consists of the ledgers, journals, receipts, and records of business ventures from John N. Bradley and associates. The Correspondence series consists of letters sent between the Bradley family members and acquaintances concerning both personal and public matters. The Personal materials series compromises primarily notebooks and writings made by Eugene and Katherine Bradley, the majority are stenographic notebooks full of shorthand notes from Katherine's time as a Scott County court examiner. The Caleb Powers series consists of Katherine Bradley's correspondence with Caleb Powers and his friends from 1903 to his death in 1932. The correspondence mainly concerns fundraising for his defense in his numerous trials and appeals relating to the assassination of Governor William Goebel. Powers wrote to Katherine often, first as a grateful friend, then in a more romantic vein. Their relationship cooled after Powers' release and election to Congress, although they continued to exchange letters for some time. The series also contains information concerning Powers' books about his trial and book order ledgers. The Photographic Materials series consists of photographs taken by Eugene Bradley that show the Bradley family and Georgetown, Kentucky.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
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

Business materials, 1776-1922, undated

Receipts and accounts of John Bradley, 1776-1820

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Indenture of sales to John W. Bradley [slaves and land], 1811-1832

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Receipts and accounts of Bradley family, 1842-1869

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Receipts and accounts of Bradley family [John N. and Alfred M.], 1870-1874

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Alfred M. Bradley business papers, 1875-1879

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Business papers of Nicholas Long [receipts and accounts], 1852-1869

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Business papers - Bradley and Long [receipts and accounts], 1870-1877, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Bank deposit slips and receipts, 1873-1878, 1898-1922

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Receipts and deposit checks of John N. Bradley, 1863-1875

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Bills of sale and receipts for John N. Bradley, 1873-1889

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A.S. Bradley bank book, 1861-1862

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John N. Bradley horse business, 1870-1893

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Receipts of John N. Bradley, 1872-1874

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Ledger of Nicholas Long, 1854-1863

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Schedule of cattle bought and sold with Shelby County people and cattle weights, 1867-1868

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Account and ledger books of Nicholas Long, 1854-1872

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Account books, 1856-1879

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Daybook and schedule of Nicholas Long and Company, 1856-1861, undated

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Schedule, ledger, and bank books of John N. Long, 1854-1857, 1869-1871

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Daybook and journal of John N. Long and James C. Hunter, 1868-1869

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Bank and cash books, 1856-1876

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Beef Book Ledger, 1857-1858, 1867-1870

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Ledger - sales of beef and steak, 1862-1870

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Weather diary, 1871-1872

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Check and account books of John N. Bradley, 1881-1907

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John N. Bradley pocketbook and record of livestock, 1879-1889, undated

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John Sampson journal, undated

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Account book, undated

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Shipments ledger, undated

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Correspondence, 1831-1938, undated

Bradley and Long correspondence, 1831-1874, 1903-1910, undated

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To John N. Bradley, 1872-1877, 1903

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Belle Stout to Professor John Bradley, 1873, 1876

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To John N. Bradley, Sr., 1875-1889

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To Belle Bradley, 1876-1877

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John N. Bradley to wife Belle, 1876 October - 1877 May

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To John N. Bradley re: Flying Cloud, 1885-1889

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Mrs. C. Williams [sister] to John N. Bradley, 1889 January 18

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To Mr. and Mrs. John N. Bradley re: death of son, 1889 February - March

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To John N. Bradley, 1889

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To Katherine S. Bradley, 1893, 1903

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Oil correspondence and stocks - John N. Bradley, 1901

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Postcards to Katherine S. Bradley, 1903-1906, 1938

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To and from Katherine S. Bradley, 1904

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Loose correspondence from ledgers, 1904-1906, undated

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From Katherine Bradley, 1905, undated

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To Katherine S. Bradley, 1906

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John N. Bradley correspondence re: Alamosa Gold and Copper Mining Co., 1908-1917

  • Box 2, folder 20-21
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Re: litigation and mortgage issues and concerns, 1911-1921

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From John Calvin [J.C.] Metcalf to Katherine Bradley, 1918 November 18

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Re: American Truck Company, 1919

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Postcard Auntie Rice to Mr. Bradford and Ruth, 1930

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Historical markers correspondence, 1931, 1938

  • Box 2, folder 26
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 2, folder 27
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Empty envelopes [empty when received], 1885-1906

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Personal materials, 1831-1930, undated

Checks from Katherine S. Bradley, 1902-1907

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Newspaper clipping and wedding invitation, undated

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Flyers and ads of John N. Bradley, Sr., 1872-1889, undated

  • Box 2, folder 31
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Headmarks sheets of Mary and John Bradley, undated

  • Box 3, folder 1
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The New York Herald newspaper announcing assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, 1865 April 15

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Historical sketches of Baptist churches by John N. Bradley, undated

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Minute Book of the Congregation of the disciples at the Great Crossings Meetinghouse, 1831-1833

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Southern Express Company contracts, 1903-1904

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Notebook of James R. Carson, 1864, 1873-1875

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Notebook, 1855-1862, 1868-1873

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Notebook belonging to James C. Hunter, William H. Hunter, and John N. Bradley, 1858-1860

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Belle Stout notebook, undated

  • Box 3, folder 9
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Katherine Bradley shorthand books, 1900-1901

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Katherine Bradley stenographic notebooks, circa 1910-1930

  • Box 3, folder 11-19
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Caleb Powers, 1903-1932, undated

Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, undated

  • Box 3, folder 20
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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1903

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1905

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1906

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1907

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1908

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1909

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1910

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1911

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1912

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Caleb Powers correspondence to Eugene Bradley, 1912-1932

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[W.H.?] Green correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1908

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1917

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1931-1932

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Caleb Powers correspondence to Katherine S. Bradley and L.N. Bradley, 1904-1912

  • Box 4, folder 9
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Correspondence to Caleb Powers, 1903 September 15 - December 15

  • Box 4, folder 10
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Caleb Powers congressional correspondence, 1911-1916

  • Box 4, folder 11
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Correspondence from Caleb Powers, 1903-1906

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Postcards to Caleb powers re: shipped goods, 1906

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Correspondence accompanying donations to assist Caleb Powers, 1903-1907

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James H. Moore correspondence to Katherine Bradley, 1903-1906

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Correspondence to Caleb Powers, 1905 January - July

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Subpoena of Katherine Bradley for trial of Caleb Powers, 1907 October 15

  • Box 4, folder 17
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Affidavit of Caleb Powers from trial, 1907

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Order request for Caleb Powers trial speech, 1904 December 29

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Caleb Powers book accounts, 1904 January 25 - November 10

  • Box 4, folder 20
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Caleb Powers book accounts, 1906 July 9 - August 22

  • Box 4, folder 21
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Caleb Powers book accounts, 1906 August 23 - November 22

  • Box 4, folder 22
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Contributions to Caleb Powers defense, 1904-1905

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Payments ledger [for Caleb Powers books?], 1903-1907, undate

  • Box 4, folder 24
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Caleb Powers images, undated

  • Box 4, folder 25
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Newspaper clippings on Caleb Powers trial, 1905

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Caleb Powers speeches in the Kentucky House of Representatives, 1911 April 27, May 1

  • Box 4, folder 27
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Newspaper clippings of Caleb Powers death/funeral, 1932 July 25, 28

  • Box 4, folder 28
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Court Appeals of Kentucky: Caleb Powers to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, undated

  • Box 4, folder 29
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Book with newspaper clippings on trial of Caleb Powers, 1904-1905

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In Defense of Caleb powers - A tragic story of partisan persecution by Wood G. Dunlap, undated

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Great Speech of Caleb Powers - mailed out copies and envelopes, undated

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The Kentucky Law Reporter - Vol. 25, no. 11, 1903 December 1

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Photographs, 1908, undated

College campus - Georgetown, Kentucky, undated

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Six unidentified women on the edge of a porch, undated

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Tintype portrait of an unidentified young boy, undated

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Tintype portrait of an unidentified young girl, undated

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Tintype portrait of two unidentified men, undated

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Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified young boy, undated

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Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified man, undated

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Ambrotype portrait of an unidentified young woman, undated

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Daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified woman, undated

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Unidentified men in military uniform firing guns n street, undated

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Unidentified crowd in a park with American flag on ground, undated

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Unidentified crowd in park decorated with American flags, undated

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Unidentified crowd in park adorned with American flags, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified man, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified woman [in wedding gown?], undated

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Portrait of an unidentified man, undated

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Portrait of C. M. Gillespie, undated

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Unidentified man and two women with suitcases in front of a car, undated

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Portrait of Florence Simpson, note on back reads: Human beauty, gentleness and truth combines and exemplified, 1871 July 30

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Negative of Academy after storm, undated

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Negative of High water on Elkhorn, undated

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Negative of M. Yates and Uncle C. in boat, undated

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Negative of Uncle John holding Axle, undated

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Negative of Uncle John holding Axle, undated

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Negative of Uncle John at Grandin gate, undated

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Negative of Cin. Pike in front of Cardome, undated

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Negative of Daniel at front yard gate, undated

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Negative of Merchant vessels on E. [Elkhorn?] river, undated

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Negative of Prof. Roton's boat on Elkhorn; four unidentified persons in boat, undated

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Negative of Eating lunch, B, S, F; four unidentified persons sitting in field, undated

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Negative of Me in boat with tank [devel?], undated

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Negative of Campus and College buildings under snow, undated

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Negative of Cardome cedars under snow, undated

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Negative of Sleet on campus, undated

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Negative of Sleet on campus, undated

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Negative of Snow plough on Jackson street, undated

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Negative of Baptist church, undated

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Negative of Old Blue Spring, undated

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Negative of Miss May Woodford and I at spring, undated

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Negative of Jamie B. and I at well, undated

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Negative of Jamie B. and I up tree, undated

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Negative of Hawkins Dam, undated

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Negative of Vernon blowing fire, undated

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Negative of Bedford, Frankie, Zilla, and I in boat, undated

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Negative of Ethel, Lucille, Owen and I skating; unidentified woman ice skating, undated

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Negative of Ethel, Lucille, Owen and I skating; two unidentified woman ice skating, undated

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Negative of Ethel, Lucille, Owen and I skating; unidentified man and woman ice skating, undated

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Negative of Ethel, Lucille, Owen and I skating; unidentified man and woman ice skating, undated

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Negative of Sallie G. in basket, undated

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Negative of Carson's pond, group, winter 1908; unidentified group of men and women, 1908

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Negative of Huey, Dailey, Georgie, [Yage?], Gaines, undated

  • Box 6, item 51
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Negative of Sister, Mr. T, Mother, Aunt Ada, etc; unidentified man and women on porch, undated

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Negative of Crossing Dam, undated

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Negative of Crab Orchard Lake, undated

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Negative of Crab Orchard Lake, undated

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Negative of Sallie and Edna on log, undated

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Negative of Sallie G. on porch, undated

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Negative of unidentified men and women, undated

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Negative of Sallie and I, undated

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Negative of Sallie and Dabney, undated

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Negative of Dabney and I, undated

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Negative of Dabney and I and sallie, undated

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Negative of Sallie and Edna under umbrella, undated

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Negative of Sallie and Edna under umbrella, undated

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Negative of Sallie and Edna on tree, undated

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Negative of Eating brunch; two unidentified men and women eating, undated

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Negative of Eating brunch; two unidentified men and women eating, undated

  • Box 6, item 67
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Carley's Mill in Georgetown, Kentucky, undated

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Four unidentified men in front of a drug store, undated

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Portrait of unidentified man in uniform, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified man and woman in tennis outfits, undated

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Unidentified woman in a field of tall wildflowers, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified woman, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified woman in a doorway with a basket of flowers, undated

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McHargue's Mill in Levi Jackson Park, undated

  • Box 7, item 75
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Loose photo album page

Page 1 [L to R]: Mining machinery/set up; Wooden railway trestle; Unidentified man on logs being hauled up railway; View of small waterfall/rapids, undated

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Page 2 [L to R]: Logging operation on river side; View down river; Dog on wooden fence, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified older woman, undated

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Portrait of an unidentified older man, undated

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