Cowherd family photographs

Abstract

The Cowherd Family photographs (dated undated; 0.02 cubic feet; 22 items) includes 8 postcards, 3 cabinet cards, 3 tintypes, and 7 silver gelatin prints belonging to the Cowherd family of Greensburg, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Cowherd family photographs
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African American history
African Americans -- Kentucky
Finding Aid Author
Robin Spratling and Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2015av011: [identification of item], Cowherd family photographs, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Elvira Wakefield Cowherd was born around 1874 in Greensburg, Kentucky, to John and Mandy Wakefield. She married Matt Cowherd (b. 1874) of Greensburg in 1894. They had one child named Estella Cowherd (b. 1895). By 1930, they lived in Louisville, Kentucky. Elvira worked as a laundry washer and Matt as a blacksmith. Elvira’s brother, John H. Wakefield (b. 1895) married Sarah Wakefield and had two sons: John A. Wakefield and Freddie Wakefield. By 1910, the family lived in Omaha, Nebraska, and John H. Wakefield worked as a machinist at a packing company. William Wakefield was a nephew of Elvira and her brother John H. Wakefield. In 1920 he lived with John H. Wakefield in Omaha, Nebraska, working as a laborer at a packing company.
Scope and Content
The Cowherd family photographs (dated undated; 0.02 cubic feet; 22 items) includes 8 postcards, 3 cabinet cards, 3 tintypes, and 7 silver gelatin prints belonging to the Cowherd family of Greensburg, Kentucky. The photos feature individual, as well as group shots of the family. Some members of the family are identified in these images. Most identified images show the family of Elvira Cowherd's brother, John H. Wakefield. The collection contains one confirmed image of Elvira's daughter, Estella Cowherd.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Young African American girls and one boy - Irene, Beulah, Estella [Cowherd], Esther, Viola, Anna, Floy, and Johnie [possibly John A. Wakefield], undated

  • Box 1, item 1
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Souvenir Christmas Greeting 1911 from Greensburg Col. Baptist Sunday School - includes photograph on front cover of unidentified African American woman, 1911

  • Box 1, item 2
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John H. and Sarah Wakefield, undated

  • Box 1, item 3
On back: For Mrs. E.V. Cowherd and family. P.S. These are no good but you can have this one. Your Bro John W. Photograph taken in Indianapolis.
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Mr. Ernest Cowherd, Greensburg, Ky , undated

  • Box 1, item 4
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Wakefield family portrait (from left to right) Sarah Wakefield, Fred Wakefield, John A. Wakefield, and John H. Wakefield, circa 1910

  • Box 1, item 5
On back: Mrs. E.V. Cowherd and family, J.H.W. At this time the Wakefield family lived in Omaha, Nebraska.
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William Wakefield in military dress, undated

  • Box 1, item 6
On back: Compliments of Wm. Wakefield to Mrs. E.V. Cowhard. William Wakefield was a nephew of Elvira and her brother John H. Wakefield.
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Unidentified African American baby

  • Box 1, item 7
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M.A. Curry, undated

  • Box 1, item 8
On back: Mr. Barker - MA Curry
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M.A. Curry and unidentified African American baby, undated

  • Box 1, item 9
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M.A. Curry and unidentified African American woman, undated

  • Box 1, item 10
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M. A. Curry, undated

  • Box 1, item 11
On back: Compliments of M.A. Curry for Mr. Matt Cowherd, Greensburg, KY.
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Estella Cowherd, undated

  • Box 1, item 12
On back: Vira Cowherd. 1724 Virginia Court No. 23. Miss Estella Cowherd.
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Photobooth image set, featuring two unidentified white men and one unidentified African American man, undated

  • Box 1, item 13
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Miss Mary D. Crockett, undated

  • Box 1, item 14
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Five young African American men standing in front of a house, undated

  • Box 1, item 15
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Rev. R. H. Hughes. Pastor Gethsemane Baptist Church. Louisville, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 1, item 16
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Three unidentified African American children standing on porch steps, undated

  • Box 1, item 17
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Unidentified African American man holding rifle, undated

  • Box 1, item 18
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Unidentified African American man holding pistol, undated

  • Box 1, item 19
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Unidentified African American family in front of house, undated

  • Box 1, item 20
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Older African American man standing in front of home holding a Bible, undated

  • Box 1, item 21
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Older African American man standing outside a barber shop, undated

  • Box 1, item 22
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

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