Flanery family papers

Abstract

The Flanery family papers are the materials of Mary Elliott Flanery, the first woman elected to the Kentucky legislature, and her family.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Flanery family papers
Date
1883-1972
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet
Subjects
Education, Higher--Kentucky.
Legislators--Kentucky.
Women poets, American--20th century.
Women--Political activity--Kentucky.
Women--Suffrage
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
1M72M22: [Identification of item], Flanery family papers, 1883-1972, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Elliott Flanery, born into an important political family in Eastern Kentucky, for whom Elliott county was named, was the first woman legislator elected south of the Mason-Dixon line. After attending Barbourville (West Va.) College and the University of Kentucky, Mary Elliott began to teach in 1892. The next year, she married William Harvey Flanery, a lawyer. He established a law practice in Pikeville in 1895; they moved to Catlettsburg in 1912. In 1904 Mary Flanery became associated with the Ashland, Kentucky Daily Independent. She later served as a correspondent with many newspapers throughout Kentucky and neighboring states. Her political interests centered around women's suffrage and education. Her primary achievement during her single term in the Kentucky legislature, as Boyd county's representative from 1921-1923, was the introduction of the bill that created Morehead State University.
The Flanerys had two daughters, Merle Flanery Howerton and Dawn Flanery Parker. Merle Howerton, like her mother, was active in Democratic Party circles. She served as president of the Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky and as a member of the state Democratic Central Committee. Dawn Parker was a poet who submitted brief, humorous verses to a variety of magazines.
Scope and Content
The Flanery family papers are the materials of Mary Elliott Flanery, the first woman elected to the Kentucky legislature, and her family. The collection comprises correspondence, receipts, genealogical papers, clippings, pamphlets, programs, and a small amount of political memorabilia. The correspondence describes concerns of family and business matters. There is also a scrapbook, largely given over to Mary Flanery's career, and there are copies of many of Dawn Parker's poems.

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

Correspondence, 1883-1972

The correspondence series includes personal family letters and business letters sent to and written by members of the Flanery family.

, 1883-1889

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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, 1890-1896

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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, 1904-1908

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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, 1910

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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, 1911

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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, 1912

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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, 1913

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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, 1914

  • Box 1, Folder 8-9
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, 1915

  • Box 1, Folder 10-11
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, 1916

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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, 1917

  • Box 1, Folder 13
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, 1918

  • Box 1, Folder 14
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, 1919

  • Box 1, Folder 15
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, 1920

  • Box 1, Folder 16
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, 1921

  • Box 1, Folder 17
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, 1922

  • Box 1, Folder 18
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, 1923

  • Box 1, Folder 19
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, 1924

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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, 1925

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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, 1926

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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, 1927

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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, 1928

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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, 1929

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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, 1930-1939

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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, 1940-1949

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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, 1950-1954

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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, 1955-1959

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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, 1960

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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, 1970-1972

  • Box 2, Folder 12
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To Mary Elliott Flanery, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 13
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From Dew Flanery, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 14
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From John Elliott Flanery, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 15
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, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 16
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To and from Merle Flanery Howerton, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 17
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To and from Dawn Flanery Parker, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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General, 1900-1971

The General series includes materials collected by the Flanery family like pamphlets, brochures, and event programs from college or political campaigns. The series also contains some poetry and prose presumably written by Dawn Flanery. There are political materials especially relating to women's role in the Democratic Party.

Dawn Parker's invitations, postcards, souvenirs, membership cards, 1911-1971

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Elliott genealogical summary, 1911-1971

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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Bills, checks, receipts, 1912-1917

  • Box 3, Folder 5-6
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Diplomas, certificates, 1914-1940

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Pamphlets, programs, brochures from Randolph Macon College in Lynchburg, Virginia, 1908-1913

  • Box 3, Folder 8-9
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Pamphlets, programs, brochures, 1908-1913

  • Box 3, Folder 10
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Pamphlets, programs, political Memorabilia, 1915-1918

  • Box 3, Folder 11-12
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Pamphlets, programs from Randolph Macon College, 1914

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Pamphlets, programs, political memorabilia, 1919-1922

  • Box 4, Folder 2-7
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Cards, programs, YMCA handbook, 1910-1917

  • Box 4, Folder 8
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Mary Elliott Flanery State Representative broadsides, 1921-1923

  • Box 4, Folder 9
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Newspaper clippings, 1900-1936

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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Ward-Belmont newspaper clippings, 1915 January 22-1915 May 7

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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Newspaper clippings, 1936-1963

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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Poetry and receipts, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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Poetry and prose, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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Reports, Undated

  • Box 5, Folder 6-7
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Merle Flanery Howerton pamphlets and press releases from Miami Beach, Florida, circa 1955

  • Box 5, Folder 8
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Miscellaneous, 1950-1960

  • Box 5, Folder 9
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Miscellaneous fragments, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 11
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Kentucky Democratic and Democratic National Party Women's Reports, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 12
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Merle Flanery's newspaper clippings album, 1906

  • Box 5, Folder 13
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Flanery family scrapbook, 1911

  • Item 1-2
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Poems of Dawn Flanery, undated

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