Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection,

Descriptive Summary

Title
Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection,
Creator
Wilson, Samuel M., 1871-1946
Extent
.25 cu.ft. (1 box):13 images
Subjects
Sesquicentennial Celebration (1942: Lexington, Ky.)
Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, April Thompson, Evelyn McGill, James Bilan; machine-readable finding aid created by: Jason Flahardy
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Judge Samuel Mackay Wilson (1871-1946) was a Lexington attorney and author, noted for his meticulous scholarship and precise writing style. He was also a collector of books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. Wilson's main area of interest was early Kentucky history.
Wilson's most famous case was his defense of Kentucky Secretary of State Caleb Powers. Powers was charged in connection with the assassination of Kentucky Governor William Goebel in 1899. After serving as a judge-advocate during World War I, Wilson returned to Kentucky, where he established a successful law practice.
Judge Wilson served on numerous civic commissions, where he was active in historical preservation. Wilson played an important role in the preservation of the Henry Clay Estate, Blue Licks Battlefield, and Fort Boonesboro.
Wilson organized the Cakes and Ale Club, an annual gathering of Lexingtonians interested in book collecting. He was also a member of the Book Thieves, an organization of local historians and educators who were influential in the creation and development of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky.
After Wilson's death in 1946, his extensive collection of books, photographs, and personal papers were donated to the University of Kentucky. The Wilson Collection is the foundation on which Special Collections and Archives has been built. Following Mrs. Wilson's death in 1959, the items which she had retained were added to the collection.
Scope and Content
The Samuel M. Wilson: Kentucky Sesquicentennial Photographic Collection, 1942 consists of thirteen black and white silver prints of events celebrating the Kentucky Sesquicentennial.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

Event

Line of women moving from fort replica to a wood pile, carrying buckets, , [n.d.]

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A re-enactment with people in costume on stage, backdrop of a building, , [n.d.]

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Portrait

"Lexington, KY; June 4, 1942" Women in front of Lexington Courthouse with monument that reads "1792-1942: In Commemoration of the Birth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on June 1, 1792", , 6/4/1942

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Reception; group of men and women around a serving table, , [n.d.]

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Group of men and women, one man is signing a book, , [n.d.]

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"Taken June 4, 1942; by Dr. Louis H. Mulligan." A man at a podium surrounded by men and women, two uniformed men saluting, , 6/4/1942

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Two men in top hats and tails; other people, chairs, podium, and American flag in view, , [n.d.]

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Four men and two women sitting in hotel lobby with refreshments, , [n.d.]

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Three men and two women standing in a hotel lobby, , [n.d.]

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Man at podium (pulpit?) speaking to an audience, some in costume, , [n.d.]

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Four men and two women looking over a fence at horses in a pasture, , [n.d.]

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Group of five men and two women at a train station standing in front of a train (Point Orient), , [n.d.]

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Three men and two women conversing in front of a cabinet filled with prize ribbons and badges, , [n.d.]

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