The Pepper Family Photographic Collection,

Descriptive Summary

Title
The Pepper Family Photographic Collection,
Creator
Smith, Thomas L.
Extent
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 11 items
Subjects
Smith, Thomas L.
Smith, Lyne Starling Pepper
Pepper family
Pepper, Robert Perry, 1833-1893
R. P. Pepper Distilleries
Liquor industry--Kentucky
Whiskey--History--Kentucky
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Jason Flahardy; machine-readable finding aid created by:Jason Flahardy
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Thomas L. Smith was married to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith, and was the son-in-law of Robert Perry Pepper, prominent Kentucky whiskey distiller. Smith served as an Army cartographer in the Philippine Islands in 1903 and 1904. An amateur photographer, he printed cyanotypes and brown prints of island scenes directly onto his stationery.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of one hand-colored albumen portrait of Robert P. Pepper and ten letters. The letters are from Thomas L. Smith to his wife, Lyne Starling Pepper Smith, daughter of Robert P. Pepper. The letters contain examples of cyanotype and Van Dyke brown print photographs. Both types of photographic prints could be made directly on regular typing paper, and after developing, they could be used as stationary. The letters describe Smith's work on a cartographic survey mission for the U.S. Army on the Philippine island of Siassi in late 1903 and early 1904.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

"The Same Old 'Jim.' Poor Old Simple 'Jim.'"; letter discusses Jim, a Filipino handyman; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 7, 1903

  • Box 1, item 1
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"The surgeon's quarters and the hospital, Siassi"; same negative as #5; letter discusses cyanotype print making and some of the patients; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 23, 1903

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"The Bungalow"; letter discusses preparations for Christmas in the camp and a long passage about ducks; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 24, 1903

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"The Row of Ylangs Ylangs"; letter discusses cyanotype and brown print production techniques; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 25, 1903

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"The Hospital and the Surgeons' Q'rs"; same negative as #2; letter discusses arrivals and departures of personnel at the camp; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 27, 1903

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Untitled; image depicts a Filipino man unnamed in letter; letter discusses return from topographical survey trip; letter is incomplete; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 29, 1903

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"The Little Camp on the Mountain"; letter discusses survey trip to topographically map nearby terrain; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Dec. 30, 1903

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Untitled; a group scene of the survey trip participants; letter discusses the departures and career of Dr. Eberle; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Jan. 5, 1904

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Untitled; a scene of packers; one is pulling on cinch to secure load to a mule's body; letter discusses the image and packing a mule for a trip; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Jan. 6, 1904

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"Around the camp fire"; letter discusses various personalities around the camp; letter from Thomas L. Smith to Lyne Starling Pepper Smith , Jan. 10, 1904

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Robert Perry Pepper; portrait , [n.d.]

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