Desha Breckinridge papers

Abstract

Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935) was the publisher and editor of the Lexington Herald and married famous suffragist Madeline McDowell Breckinridge. His papers consist of correspondence, financial and business records, speeches, and photographs, which document his career at the Lexington Herald; his personal relationships with family and friends; and his interests in horse racing, politics, and mining.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Desha Breckinridge papers
Date
1860-1943
Extent
11.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Horse racing--Kentucky.
Lawyers--Kentucky.
Newspapers--Kentucky.
Vermiculite
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Heather J. Burke
Preferred Citation
1997MS136: [identification of item], Desha Breckinridge papers, 1860-1943, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935) was the son of Issa Desha Breckinridge and William C. P. Breckinridge. He attended Princeton University and the University of Virginia. He joined the Kentucky bar in 1893 and practiced in his father's Lexington, Kentucky, law firm, Breckinridge & Shelby until 1900. During the Spanish-American War he was an aide de camp to his uncle Major General J. C. Breckinridge. He became the publisher of the Lexington Herald in 1897 and its editor in 1904. Additionally he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1920, 1928, and 1932. Breckinridge married Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a nationally recognized advocate for women's rights and social causes, in 1898. Madeline died in 1920, and Desha Breckinridge married Mary Frazier Lebus in 1929. His siblings included Sophonisba P. Breckinridge, Eleanor Breckinridge Chalkley, and Mary Curry Breckinridge.
Scope and Content
The Desha Breckinridge papers consist of correspondence, financial and business records, speeches, and photographs. His extensive correspondence with family, friends, and associates illuminates his business and personal relationships as well as highlights his interests in Democratic politics and horse racing. He corresponded often with his sister Sophonisba, Jouett Shouse, Thomas R. Underwood, and his father W.C.P. Breckinridge. His business and financial papers contain insurance policies, contracts, brokerage accounts, checks, and deposit slips. In particular, they document his involvement with the Lexington Herald and in mining, especially with a Montana company that mined vermiculite and asbestos. Finally, the papers contain family photographs and realia; papers relating to W.C.P. Breckinridge's estate; and a gold pendant given to John C. Breckinridge in 1860.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note 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.

Contents of the Collection

First National Bank account book of W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1902-1904

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Webster Pronouncing Dictionary, 1899

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Checkbook, 1935-1936

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Explanatory summary of the Kentucky Income Tax Act, 1936

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Programs, 1937-1940, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Kentucky Derby program, 1939 May 6

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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World Outlook, 1940 September

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Annual Report, Montana Power Company, 1941

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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From a Japanese Prison, Samuel Heaslett, 1943

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Plaque: The Optimist Creed, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Shoe buckle, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Box with key and lock of hair, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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Great Southern Refining Company, 1920, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1929

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1930 January - 1930 April

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1930 May - 1930 December

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1931

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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J. J. B. Hilliard & Son, 1929

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Coggeshall and Hicks, 1929

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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Brokerage, Western Union/telegram copies, 1929, 1931

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Insurance policies, 1899-1935

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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Insurance policies, 1907-1908

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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Insurance policies, 1923-1929

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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Insurance policies, 1930-1931

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Insurance policies, 1930-1936

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Insurance policies, 1932-1935

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Thomas R. Underwood insurance (originals and copies), 1932-1937

  • Box 3, Folder 4-5
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, 1932 March

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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, 1932 April

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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, 1932 May

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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, 1932 June

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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, 1932 July

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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, 1932 August

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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, 1932 September

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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, 1932 October

  • Box 4, Folder 8
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, 1932 November

  • Box 4, Folder 9
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, 1932 December

  • Box 4, Folder 10
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, [1932]

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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, 1933 January

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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, 1933 February

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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, 1933 March

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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, 1933 April

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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, 1933 May

  • Box 5, Folder 6
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, 1933 June

  • Box 5, Folder 7
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, 1933 July

  • Box 5, Folder 8
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, 1933 August

  • Box 5, Folder 9
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, 1933 September

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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, 1933 October

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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, 1933 November

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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, 1933 December

  • Box 6, Folder 4
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Sweepstakes tickets, 1932-1933

  • Box 6, Folder 5
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, [1933]

  • Box 6, Folder 6
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, 1934 January 1 - 1934 January 15

  • Box 6, Folder 7
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, 1934 January 16 - 1934 January 31

  • Box 7, Folder 1
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, 1934 February

  • Box 7, Folder 2
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, 1934 March

  • Box 7, Folder 3
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, 1934 April

  • Box 7, Folder 4
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, 1934 May

  • Box 7, Folder 5
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, 1934 June

  • Box 7, Folder 6
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, 1934 July

  • Box 7, Folder 7
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, 1934 August

  • Box 8, Folder 1
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, 1934 September

  • Box 8, Folder 2
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, 1934 October

  • Box 8, Folder 3
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, 1934 November

  • Box 8, Folder 4
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, 1934 December

  • Box 8, Folder 5
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, [1934]

  • Box 8, Folder 6
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Child labor, [1934]

  • Box 8, Folder 7
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, 1935

  • Box 8, Folder 8
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Library of Congress, 1930

  • Box 8, Folder 9
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1926 September - 1931 December

  • Box 8, Folder 10
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1932

  • Box 8, Folder 11
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1933 January - June

  • Box 8, Folder 12
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1933 July - December

  • Box 9, Folder 1
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1934

  • Box 9, Folder 2
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, copies, 1931-1934

  • Box 9, Folder 3
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Miss S.P. Breckinridge, undated

  • Box 9, Folder 4
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Jouett Shouse, 1923-1927

  • Box 9, Folder 5
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Jouett Shouse, 1929

  • Box 9, Folder 6
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Jouett Shouse, 1930

  • Box 9, Folder 7
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Jouett Shouse, 1931

  • Box 10, Folder 1
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Jouett Shouse, 1932

  • Box 10, Folder 2
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Jouett Shouse, 1933

  • Box 10, Folder 3
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Jouett Shouse, 1934-1935

  • Box 10, Folder 4
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Jouett Shouse, copies, 1926-1934

  • Box 10, Folder 5
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Jouett Shouse, undated

  • Box 10, Folder 6
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Income tax, copies, 1916-1929

  • Box 11, Folder 1
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Income tax, 1929

  • Box 11, Folder 2
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Income tax, 1930

  • Box 11, Folder 3
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Income tax, 1931

  • Box 11, Folder 4
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Income tax, 1935

  • Box 11, Folder 5, 7
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Income tax, 1934

  • Box 11, Folder 6
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First National Bank and Trust Co., 1929-1930

  • Box 11, Folder 8
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Second National Bank deposits, Mt. Horab Church fund, 1932

  • Box 11, Folder 9
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Special account, 1924-1926

  • Box 11, Folder 10
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Security Trust Co., 1930

  • Box 11, Folder 11
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Security Trust Co. deposit slips, 1932

  • Box 11, Folder 12
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Financial, 1925-1930

  • Box 11, Folder 13-14
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Financial, 1933

  • Box 11, Folder 15
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Financial, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1930-1932

  • Box 11, Folder 16
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Breckinridge and Shouse, 1930

  • Box 12, Folder 1
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Fayette National Bank deposit slips, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1931

  • Box 12, Folder 2
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Fayette National Bank deposit slips, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1932

  • Box 12, Folder 3
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Fayette National Bank deposit slips, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1934

  • Box 12, Folder 4
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Breckinridge and Shouse receipts (originals and copies), 1933

  • Box 12, Folder 5-6
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Fayette National Bank, 1928-1931

  • Box 12, Folder 7-8
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Fayette National Bank, deposit slips, 1930-1931

  • Box 12, Folder 9
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Fayette National Bank, deposit slips, 1932-1933

  • Box 12, Folder 10
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Receipts, horse accounts, 1930-1933

  • Box 12, Folder 11
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Financial statements, copies, 1917-1921, undated

  • Box 12, Folder 12
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Financial, 1930-1931

  • Box 12, Folder 13
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Financial, 1928-1934

  • Box 12, Folder 14
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General, 1905-1929, undated

  • Box 12, Folder 15
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W.C.P. Breckinridge, civil war involvement (original and typed copies), 1862

  • Box 13, Folder 1
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General, contracts from unmarked envelope, 1898-1904, undated

  • Box 13, Folder 2
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Executor of Estate of W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1904 December - 1905 February

  • Box 13, Folder 3
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Executor of Estate of W.C.P. Breckinridge, insurance, 1905-1906, 1927

  • Box 13, Folder 4
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W.C.P. Breckinridge, general, 1860,1898-1905, undated

  • Box 13, Folder 5
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Newspaper from envelope marked W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1925 January 22-29

  • Box 13, Folder 6
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From envelope marked W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1879,1921,1924, undated

  • Box 13, Folder 7-8
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Information on W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1925

  • Box 13, Folder 9
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Wallet and contents, 1902-1903, undated

  • Box 13, Folder 10
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, 1901-1920

  • Box 14, Folder 1
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, 1921-1922

  • Box 14, Folder 2
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, 1923

  • Box 14, Folder 3
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, 1924

  • Box 14, Folder 4
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, 1925

  • Box 14, Folder 5
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, 1926 January - 1926 March

  • Box 14, Folder 6
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, 1926 April - 1926 June

  • Box 14, Folder 7
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, 1926 July - 1926 December

  • Box 14, Folder 8
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, 1926

  • Box 14, Folder 9
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, 1927 January - 1927 June

  • Box 14, Folder 10
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, 1927 July - 1927 December

  • Box 15, Folder 1
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, 1928

  • Box 15, Folder 2
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, 1929 January - 1929 June

  • Box 19, Folder 1
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, 1929 July - 1929 October

  • Box 19, Folder 2
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, 1929 November - 1929 December

  • Box 19, Folder 3
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, [1929]

  • Box 19, Folder 4
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, 1930 January

  • Box 19, Folder 5
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, 1930 February

  • Box 19, Folder 6
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, 1930 March

  • Box 19, Folder 7
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, 1930 April

  • Box 19, Folder 8
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, 1930 May

  • Box 19, Folder 9
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, 1930 June

  • Box 19, Folder 10
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, 1930 July

  • Box 19, Folder 11
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, 1930 August

  • Box 19, Folder 12
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, 1930 September

  • Box 19, Folder 13
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, 1930 October

  • Box 19, Folder 14
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, 1930 November

  • Box 20, Folder 1
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, 1930 December

  • Box 20, Folder 2
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, [1930]

  • Box 20, Folder 3
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, 1931 January

  • Box 20, Folder 4
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, 1931 February

  • Box 20, Folder 5
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, 1931 March

  • Box 20, Folder 6
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, 1931 April

  • Box 20, Folder 7
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, 1931 May

  • Box 20, Folder 8
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, 1931 June

  • Box 20, Folder 9
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, 1931 July

  • Box 20, Folder 10
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, 1931 August

  • Box 20, Folder 11
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, 1931 September

  • Box 20, Folder 12
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, 1931 October

  • Box 20, Folder 13
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, 1931 November

  • Box 20, Folder 14
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, 1931 December

  • Box 21, Folder 1
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, [1931]

  • Box 21, Folder 2
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, 1932 January

  • Box 21, Folder 3
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, 1932 February

  • Box 21, Folder 4
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Lexington Herald, respirator fund, 1935

  • Box 15, Folder 3
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Lexington Herald, Financial Co., 1929-1931

  • Box 15, Folder 4
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Lexington Herald, financial statements, 1922-1936

  • Box 15, Folder 5
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Lexington Herald, new addition, 1930-1931

  • Box 15, Folder 6
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Lexington Herald, personnel, 1923-1931

  • Box 15, Folder 7
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Financial (including Lexington Herald), 1926 June - 1933 March

  • Box 15, Folder 8
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, 1929-1930

  • Box 15, Folder 9
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State police, 1920-1927

  • Box 15, Folder 10
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Dr. Turck letters and editorial, 1929-1931

  • Box 16, Folder 1
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State planning board, 1931-1934,undated

  • Box 16, Folder 2
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Stone Mountain, 1925-1928

  • Box 16, Folder 3
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Mrs. Lyman Chalkley (originals and copies), 1923-1934

  • Box 16, Folder 4-5
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Genevieve Christy, 1924-1933

  • Box 16, Folder 6
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Contracts, 1917-1919

  • Box 16, Folder 7
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Central Kentucky Natural Gas Co., 1927-1934

  • Box 16, Folder 8
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Oil and gas leases, Courson, 1925

  • Box 16, Folder 9
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City and county fire protections, copies, 1934

  • Box 16, Folder 10
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Engineers Aircraft Corporation, 1930

  • Box 16, Folder 11
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Tugwell bill, 1934

  • Box 16, Folder 12
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Gold pendant inscribed John C. Breckinridge, 1860

  • Box 16, Folder 13
  • Item 1
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Andrew J. May, 1933

  • Box 16, Folder 14
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Pardons granted, 1916 April - October

  • Box 16, Folder 15
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Memorandum to will, 1933

  • Box 16, Folder 16
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McDowell and Underwood, executors of D. Breckinridge, 1934-1936

  • Box 16, Folder 17
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Clinton Harbison, attorney of D. Breckinridge Estate, 1935-1936

  • Box 16, Folder 18
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Exchange subscriptions, 1935

  • Box 17, Folder 1
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T. Underwood, general, 1936-1945

  • Box 17, Folder 2
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T. Underwood, Twentieth Century Fund, 1939

  • Box 17, Folder 3
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T. Underwood, U.S. Court of Appeals address to (by Thomas E. Lyons), 1939

  • Box 17, Folder 4
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General, undated

  • Box 17, Folder 5
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Kyrock, 1930-1933, undated

  • Box 17, Folder 6
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Vermiculite, 1928 August - 1929 November

  • Box 17, Folder 7
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Vermiculite, 1929 December - 1930 March

  • Box 17, Folder 8
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Vermiculite, 1930 April - November

  • Box 17, Folder 9
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Vermiculite, 1931 January - December

  • Box 17, Folder 10
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Vermiculite, 1932 January - December

  • Box 18, Folder 1
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Vermiculite, 1933 January - July

  • Box 18, Folder 2
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Vermiculite, 1933 August - December

  • Box 18, Folder 3
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Vermiculite, 1934

  • Box 18, Folder 4
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Vermiculite copies, 1929-1934

  • Box 18, Folder 5
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Vermiculite, 1929-1933, undated

  • Box 18, Folder 6
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Vermiculite, Abestos Company of Libby Montana, 1928-1934

  • Box 18, Folder 7
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Western Union telegrams, 1927-1934

  • Box 21, Folder 5
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Obituaries (copies), 1935 February

  • Box 21, Folder 6
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Speeches, undated

  • Box 21, Folder 7
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Democratic Presidential tickets, 1856, 1860

  • Box 21, Folder 8
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Broadsheet, 1861

  • Box 21, Folder 9
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Photographs, Desha and Madge, undated

  • Box 21, Folder 10
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Photographs, Ashland, undated

  • Box 21, Folder 11
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Photographs, Kentucky Cardinal (horse), 1925

  • Box 21, Folder 12
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Photographs, Delegates, undated

  • Box 21, Folder 13
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Photographs, general, 1920s,1934, undated

  • Box 21, Folder 14-17
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Silhouettes, undated

  • Box 21, Folder 18
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Cuts from book: Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, 1921

  • Box 21, Folder 19
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Skywriter, magazine, 1937 December

  • Box 22, Folder 1
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Kentucky Alumnus, 1921 June

  • Box 22, Folder 2
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Lexington Leader, 1936

  • Box 22, Folder 3
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Nantucket, 1934

  • Box 22, Folder 4
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Mrs. Thomas Underwood, sympathy cards on her father's death, 1939

  • Box 22, Folder 5
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Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 June, undated

  • Box 22, Folder 6
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Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 July

  • Box 23, Folder 1
  • Box 22, Folder 7-8
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Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 August

  • Box 23, Folder 2-3
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Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 September - November

  • Box 23, Folder 4
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General, 1935-1939

  • Box 23, Folder 5
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Horse racing miscellaneous, 1875-1939

  • Box 24, Folder 1
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Gambling miscellaneous, 1921-1926, undated

  • Box 24, Folder 2
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Racing, 1923 February 28

  • Box 24, Folder 3
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Political miscellaneous, 1925-1934, undated

  • Box 24, Folder 4
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Kentucky miscellaneous, 1930-1933, undated

  • Box 24, Folder 5
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Copies W.C.P. Breckinridge speech, 1889

  • Box 24, Folder 6
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Copies, 1916-1919

  • Box 24, Folder 7
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Copies, 1920-1923

  • Box 24, Folder 8
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Copies, 1924-1929

  • Box 24, Folder 9
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Copies, 1930-1931

  • Box 24, Folder 10
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Copies, 1932

  • Box 24, Folder 11
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Copies, 1932

  • Box 24, Folder 12
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Copies, 1934

  • Box 25, Folder 1
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Copies, 1939-1942

  • Box 25, Folder 2
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Copies miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 25, Folder 3
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From envelope marked Letters to Thomas

  • Box 25, Folder 4
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Letters, undated

  • Box 25, Folder 5
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New Gould Mining Co. checks, 1925-1929

  • Box 25, Folder 6
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Perry County, Ky., 1927

  • Box 25, Folder 7
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Widener clippings, papers, correspondence, 1929-1934

  • Box 25, Folder 8
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Lansill case papers, 1932

  • Box 25, Folder 9
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Jouett portraits correspondence, 1932-1933

  • Box 25, Folder 10
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Our United States song, 1924

  • Box 25, Folder 11
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Clayhole copies, undated

  • Box 25, Folder 12
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State Racing Commission, 1934

  • Box 25, Folder 13
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Virginia miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 25, Folder 14
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Civil War miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 25, Folder 15
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Miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 25, Folder 16, 17
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