Reuben T. Durrett Papers,1887-1908

Descriptive Summary

Title
Reuben T. Durrett Papers,1887-1908
Creator
Durrett, Reuben T.
Extent
3 items (5 leaves); 34 cm.
Subjects
Durrett, Reuben T., (Reben Thomas), 1824-1913--Correspondence
Lenny, William
Jackson, Sallie
Finding Aid Author
Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Reuben Thomas Durrett was born January 22, 1824, in Henry County, Kentucky. Durrett attended and graduated from Brown University and the University of Louisville. He practiced law in Louisville from 1850-1880. During this time, he bought a half interest in the Louisville Courier, served as city councilman, and was briefly jailed for his pro-Southern leanings. Durrett helped found the Public Library of Kentucky, which was housed in Louisville, in 1870. He was also a founding member of the Filson Club, established in 1884. The club's goal was to collect, perserve, and publish historical material relating to Kentucky. His library served as the meeting place for the club from 1884-1913. Upon his death in 1913, his library was sold to the University of Chicago.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of two letters to William Lenny, and one letter to Miss Sallie Jackson. The letters to Lenny, dated February 8 and 24, 1887, discuss the purchase of Lenny's book collection by Reuben T. Durrett. The letter also mentions pamphlets that Durrett is copying for sale. The letter to Miss Jackson, dated November 17, 1908, is an invoice for Filson Club publications sent to the Kentucky Historical Society.