C. Frank Dunn Collection, 1780-1954, bulk 1938-1954

Abstract

This collection consists of the research notes, notebooks, correspondence, hand-sketched maps, photographs, and newspaper clippings of historian C. Frank Dunn.

Descriptive Summary

Title
C. Frank Dunn Collection, 1780-1954, bulk 1938-1954
Creator
Dunn, C. Frank, 1883-1954
Extent
5 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Subjects
Dunn, C. Frank, 1883-
Dunn, C. Frank, 1883- -- Manuscripts
Dunn, C. Frank, 1883- -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Daniel Boone Bicentennial Commission
Kentucky Progress Commission
Historians - Kentucky
Lexington (Ky.) - History
Kentucky - Biography
Kentucky - Genealogy
Kentucky -- History
Black-and-white photographs. aat
Black-and-white negatives. aat
Clippings. aat
Correspondence. aat
Manuscript maps. aat
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Lori O'Connor; machine-readable finding aid created by Margie Plarr
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
C. Frank Dunn, a Lexington historian, was the executive secretary of the Kentucky Progress Commission and the founding editor of the KENTUCKY PROGRESS MAGAZINE, later called IN KENTUCKY. He also did work for the Lexington and Frankfort Chambers of Commerce, the Daniel Boone Bicentennial Commission, and AAA automobile club. He served on the editorial staff of the Lexington Herald, using the pen name "Horsefeathers." Dunn was an early leader for improved roads and was credited with obtaining routing of U.S. highways 60 and 68 in Kentucky. At one time he was a professional musician, performing at the Macauley Theatre and at the Shubert Masonic Theatre in Louisville. He worked for the Southern Railroad, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and had also owned an advertising agency. Dunn retired in 1938 to spend time on historical research and writing. He died on his birthday July 8, 1954. Scope and Contents Note This collection consists of the research notes, notebooks, correspondence, hand-sketched maps, photographs, and newspaper clippings of historian C. Frank Dunn. The materials mostly reflect Dunn's research for his book, Old Houses of Lexington (Kentucky). The notes and notebooks consist of information on ownership of Lexington properties and homes. Properties and historic homes in other parts of Kentucky are also subjects of his research notes. The notebooks are partly in Dunn's own method of shorthand, therefore the information may be indecipherable. Some brief biographies of prominent 19th century Lexington and Kentucky figures are included, as well as some genealogical information such as brief family genealogies, marriage lists, and wills. The correspondence deals with Dunn's research work as well as his service with the Daniel Boone Bicentennial Commission and the Kentucky Progress Commission. Some names of correspondents include Alben Barkley, Eslie Asbury, Otto Rothert, Gov. Keen Johnson, Harry V. McChesney, and Eugenia Cassell. Some of Dunn's editorials and articles written as "Horsefeathers" are also included. The photographs were mainly collected during the four years, 1928-1932, when Dunn was executive secretary of the Kentucky Progress Commission. They consist of images of Lexington and Frankfort residences and businesses, Kentucky highways, horses, industries, sports, and river and mountain scenes.
Scope and Content
This collection is arranged by form of material and organized into three series:* Notebooks* Old Houses of Lexington Manuscript* Papers
Creator's Occupation: Historian, editor
Condition: This collection is in good condition.

Contents of the Collection

Notebooks, [1938?]-1954

Notebooks, nos. 1-15, index

  • Box 1
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Notebooks, nos. 16-99

  • Box 2
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Notebooks, nos. 100-179

  • Box 3
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Old Houses of Lexington manuscript, [194-?]

Manuscript carbon copy

  • Box 4
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Papers, 1780-1954 (bulk [1938?]-1954)

Research notes, maps

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 4
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 5
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 6
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 6, Folder 7
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 7, Folder 1
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 7, Folder 2
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 7, Folder 3
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 7, Folder 4
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 7, Folder 5
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Research notes, maps

  • Box 8, Folder 1
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Research notes (Bryan Station), maps, photographs

  • Box 8, Folder 2
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Correspondence concerning photographs

  • Box 8, Folder 3
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Correspondence, 1932-1954

  • Box 8, Folder 4
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Clippings

  • Box 8, Folder 5
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Miscellaneous, 1899-1932

  • Box 8, Folder 6
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Miscellaneous, Lord Derby materials, 1930

  • Box 8, Folder 7
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