Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection, ca. 1850-1939

Descriptive Summary

Title
Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection, ca. 1850-1939
Creator
Hays, Will S. (William Shakespeare), 1837-1907
Extent
53 items
Subjects
Hayes Family-- Pictorial works.
Lyricists-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- Photographs.
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Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Will S. Hays (his more familiar name) was a song writer, newspaper columnist, and steamboat captain. A Louisville native, he wrote as many as five hundred songs including "Mollie Darling," which was said to have sold three million copies. The collection includes family photographs, daguerreotypes, and tintypes of Hays, his wife, their children, and other family members. Identified persons include Will S. Hays, Belle McCullough Hays, Doctor and Mrs. Samuel Brown Hays, Samuel Milton Hays, and Jane Hays. There are daguerreotypes of Martha Ridgeway Gibbs Holbert and James Holbert and tintypes of Mattie Belle Hays