John Craig Shelby papers

Abstract

The John Craig Shelby papers (dated 1838-1968; 127 cubic feet; 277 boxes, 2 rolled items) contains correspondence, letterbooks, receipts, checks, daybooks, certificates and diplomas, and law case files, which document the law careers and family life of both John Craig Shelby and his father, John Todd Shelby.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Craig Shelby papers
Date
1838-1968
Creator
Shelby, John Craig
Extent
127 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letter books.
Families -- Kentucky -- History -- 20th century
Families -- Kentucky -- History -- 19th century.
Railroads -- Kentucky.
Railroad companies -- United States -- History.
Law firms -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Law firms -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- 19th century.
Lawyers -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format into six series: Biographical/family, Correspondence, Financial material, Law cases, Miscellaneous, and Packages.
Finding Aid Author
Austin Bayer and Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
72m23: [identification of item], John Craig Shelby papers, 1838-1968, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Todd Shelby, a great grandson of Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby, was born January 25, 1851, in Springfield, Illinois. After attending Centre College (1866-1867) and Transylvania University (1867-1868), Shelby entered Princeton University where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1870 and his master of arts degree in 1873. John Todd Shelby was admitted to the Fayette county bar on March 2, 1872, and began his legal career with the Breckinridge & Buckner, the law firm of W.C.P. Breckinridge. He was the law partner of Kentucky Congressman Breckinridge from September 1875 until the latter's death in November 1904. Shelby continued his legal practice alone until 1907 when his son, John Craig Shelby, joined him in the firm of Shelby & Shelby. Three years later, Robert L. Northcutt became associated with the business and in 1913 the name of the firm was changed to Shelby, Northcutt, & Shelby. For the majority of his career, John Todd Shelby was the legal representative for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company, and the Southern Railway Company. He died March 2, 1920.
John Craig Shelby was born on November 22, 1883, in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1904, he graduated from the University of Kentucky where he had been a charter member of the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Delta Theta history fraternity. In 1907, he received his law degree from Harvard Law School and entered into partnership with his father. Soon after the death of John Todd Shelby in 1920, he withdrew from the legal profession. He died December 20, 1969.
Scope and Content
The John Craig Shelby papers (dated 1838-1968; 127 cubic feet; 277 boxes, 2 rolled items) contains correspondence, letterbooks, receipts, checks, daybooks, certificates and diplomas, and law case files, which document the law careers and family life of both John Craig Shelby and his father, John Todd Shelby. The bulk of the collection consists of case files, which include an extensive group of railroad related cases concerning the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company, and the Southern Railway Company. Additionally, much of the business correspondence concerns railroad activities within Kentucky. Additionally, within the Biographical/family series the collection hold materials for family members of John Todd Shelby including his father, Thomas Hart Shelby; his wife, Lizzie M. Craig Shelby; his father, Thomas Hart Shelby; his uncle, F. Walter Todd; and his children Thomas Hunt Shelby and Christine Shelby. Additional notable names include Robert L. Northcutt, law partner or John Todd and John Craig Shelby; James Richard Bush, the attorney who became Northcutt's partner; and W.C.P. Breckinridge, U.S. Congressman and law partner of John Todd Shelby.

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

Biographical/family, 1841-1961, undated

John Todd Shelby, 1872-1943, undated

Episcopal church A-O, undated

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Episcopal church P-Z, undated

  • Box 204
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Princeton University, undated

  • Box 205
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Princeton University and Texas, undated

  • Box 206
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John Todd Shelby and George S. Shelby - insurance policies, 1872-1920

  • Box 207
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Notes of indebtedness and death, 1889-1922

  • Box 208
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Estate, 1918-1925, 1943

  • Box 209
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Affiliation with central Kentucky organizations, various pamphlets and periodicals, 1885-1918

  • Box 214
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Genealogy, political activity, 1896, 1910-1919

  • Box 215
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Christine Shelby - miscellaneous matters pertaining to Shelby family, undated

  • Box 226
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Thomas Hunt Shelby/Lizzie M. Shelby, undated

  • Box 225
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John Craig Shelby, 1926-1961, undated

General personal effects, undated

  • Box 230
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Calendars, 1926-1961

  • Box 232
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University of Kentucky, Harvard Law School, undated

  • Box 265
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Harvard Law School, undated

  • Box 266
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Phi Delta Theta fraternity, undated

  • Box 267
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Phi Delta Theta fraternity, undated

  • Box 268
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Law school notebooks, undated

  • Box 270
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Law school notebooks and textbooks, undated

  • Box 271
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Shelby family pictures, undated

  • Box 272
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Thomas Hart Shelby (father of J.T.S.), W.C.P. Breckinridge, J.R. Bush, personal correspondence, Robert L. Northcutt,, 1841-1938

  • Box 130
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Correspondence, 1875-1968, undated

Law correspondence, 1875-1919, undated

Kentucky Central Railway Co. and L & N railroad letter books, 1891-1898

  • Box 134
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L & N letter books, 1898-1904

  • Box 135
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General letter books, 1875-1887

  • Box 136
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General letter books, 1887-1892

  • Box 137
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General letter books, 1892-1895

  • Box 138
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Breckinridge-Shelby law cases - general letter book, 1895-1898

  • Box 139
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Copies of general letters, 1898-1901

  • Box 140
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Copies of general letters, 1901-1903

  • Box 141
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General letter book, 1898-1900

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Daybook, 1904-1919

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Breckinridge-Shelby law firm C & O letter book, 1899-1902

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C & O letter book and Newport News & Mississippi Valley Co. letter books, undated

  • Box 144
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Letters pertaining to various railroad companies, 1891-1896

  • Box 145
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C & O letter books; copy book of Desha Breckinridge, undated

  • Box 146
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Letters (with index), 1875-1882

  • Box 151
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Letters (with index), 1879-1884

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Letters (with index), 1882-1892

  • Box 153
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Letters, Abbott to Bryan, undated

  • Box 154
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Letters, Buckner to Cornell, undated

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Letters, Cornick to Fuzer, undated

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Letters, Gaff to Hitt, undated

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Letters, Hockmeyer to Lincoln, undated

  • Box 158
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Letters, Lindsey to Mount Sterling, undated

  • Box 159
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Letters, Muir to Rexford, undated

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Breckinridge-Shelby law firm; letters, Rich to Charles H. Stephens, undated

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Letters, Stephenson to United Merchants of New York , undated

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Letters, Union National Bank to Young; miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 163
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John Todd Shelby personal correspondence, undated

A-O'Neil, undated

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Out-You, miscellaneous, undated

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F. Walton Todd correspondence, undated

Correspondence concerning Stockton, CA property no. 1, undated

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Correspondence concerning Stockton, CA property no. 2, undated

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Correspondence concerning Stockton, CA property no. 3, undated

  • Box 229
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John Craig Shelby personal correspondence, 1931-1968, undated

Ab-Ew, undated

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Fig-Ailene Lockwood, 1931, undated

  • Box 249
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Ailene Lockwood-Pay, 1932, undated

  • Box 250
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Pen-Thomas H. Shelby, 1939, undated

  • Box 251
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Thomas H. Shelby, 1940-1957

  • Box 252
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Thomas H. Shelby, Nellie Straughton, 1940, 1957

  • Box 253
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Nellie Straughton, 1941-1968

  • Box 254
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Stri-Mary Williams, 1930, undated

  • Box 255
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Mary Williams-unidentified letters, 1932, undated

  • Box 256
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Financial material, 1875-1967, undated

Law firm, 1875-1951, undated

Breckinridge-Shelby Firm - order book, abstract of cases, ledgers, account statements, undated

  • Box 131
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Daybooks, 1877-1899

  • Box 132
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Daybooks, 1900-1904

  • Box 133
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L & N letter books, L & N voucher book, undated

  • Box 133
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Receipts from clients, 1875-1898

  • Box 147
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Checks, 1891-1894

  • Box 147
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Checks, 1895-1943

  • Box 148
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Checks, checkbook stubs, book statements, 1891-1943

  • Box 149
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Shelby, Northcutt, & Shelby checks and checkbook stubs, 1913-1951

  • Box 191
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Shelby, Northcutt, & Shelby day books 3 and 4, 1914-1927

  • Box 192
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Shelby, Northcutt, and Shelby-Ledger B Shelby & Shelby firm-check, checkbook stubs and bank books, undated

  • Box 193
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Shelby & Shelby firm: checks, daybooks, 1907-1914

  • Box 194
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Shelby family investments, undated

A, undated

  • Box 195
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B-Con, undated

  • Box 196
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Cor-Gen, undated

  • Box 197
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Leh-Rey, undated

  • Box 199
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Goo-Led, undated

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Roy-Tex, undated

  • Box 200
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Tit-West and miscellaneous financial papers, undated

  • Box 201
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John Todd Shelby, 1884-1920, undated

Personal checks, 1911-1914

  • Box 210
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Personal checks, 1915-1918

  • Box 211
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Personal checks, bank books, 1893-1920

  • Box 212
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Office checks, checkbook stubs, account books, and bank books, 1884-1910

  • Box 213
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Receipts: A-Bla, undated

  • Box 218
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Receipts: Blu-Hallie Elliot, undated

  • Box 219
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Receipts: Milward Elliot-A.F. Harting, undated

  • Box 220
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Receipts: Harting Drug Store, Lexington Gas Co., undated

  • Box 221
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Receipts: Lexington Granite Co.-Paton, undated

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Receipts: Payne-Wrenn, undated

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Wright-Zenszer; home remodeling receipts, literary compositions, eulogies, toasts, and speeches of Shelby family, undated

  • Box 224
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John Craig Shelby, 1909-1967, undated

Personal checks, 1909-1921

  • Box 233
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Personal checks, 1922-1929, 1956-1957

  • Box 234
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Personal checks, 1958-1964

  • Box 235
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Bank books, bank statements, deposit slips and checkbook stubs, 1909-1929

  • Box 236
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Bank books, bank statements and checkbook stubs, 1941-1965

  • Box 237
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Personal checkbook subs, 1909-1921

  • Box 238
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Personal checkbook stubs, 1936-1937, 1952-1960

  • Box 239
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1935-1936, 1938

  • Box 240
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1945-1949

  • Box 241
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1950-1951

  • Box 242
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1952-1953

  • Box 243
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1954-1955

  • Box 244
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1956-1958

  • Box 245
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Daybooks and accompanying newspaper clippings, 1959-1967

  • Box 246
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U.S. individual income tax and social security, undated

  • Box 257
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State and local taxes; Kentucky Bar Association; Lexington Bar Association, undated

  • Box 258
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Receipts; Allen Electric Co.-Mary Cummings, undated

  • Box 261
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Receipts: Dailey-Jay, undated

  • Box 262
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Receipts: Kaufman-Milward, undated

  • Box 263
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Receipts: Mitchell-YWCA, undated

  • Box 264
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Law cases, 1852-1945, undated

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No. 45-64, undated

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No. 65-76, undated

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A-Boyle, undated

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Bran-Minnie B. Clay (No. 3), undated

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Minnie B. Clay (No. 4)-Gar, undated

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Gib-Lew, undated

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City of Lexington-Nov., undated

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Off-She, undated

  • Box 127
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Southern Mutual Investment Co.-Wal, undated

  • Box 128
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Ware-Young; abstracts of court cases; miscellaneous cases in Superior Court of Kentucky, 1852-1874, undated

  • Box 129
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Legal matters, Ab-Av, undated

  • Box 164
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Bac-Bog, undated

  • Box 165
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Bra-Cam, undated

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Can-Cor, undated

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Et-Gol, undated

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Gom-Hes, undated

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Hia-Jy, undated

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Ka-Lez (No.1), undated

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Lez (No.2)-Mam, undated

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Man-Mon, undated

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Mov-Pe, undated

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Pf-Rob, undated

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Roc-Sh, undated

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Si-Ta, undated

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Te-Wel, undated

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Wem-Wiz, undated

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Wo-Z; bills and promissory notes, 1852-1902, undated

  • Box 181
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John Todd Shelby-administrator of Thomas Sewell estate, 1882-1891

  • Box 182
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Breckinridge-Shelby firm: railroad charters, undated

  • Box 183
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Railroad charters; railroad letters A-K, undated

  • Box 184
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Railroad letters L-Z, undated

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L & N cases in the U.S. Circuit Court; Superior Court of Kentucky; Court of Appeal of Kentucky; Clark Circuit Court, and Fayette Circuit Court, undated

  • Box 186
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C & O cases in U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Court of the U.S., Court of Appeals of Kentucky, Bath Circuit Court, Carter Circuit Court, and Fayette Circuit Court, undated

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C & O legal business, 1892-1912

  • Box 188
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C & O legal business, 1913-1945

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L & N Southern Railway Co. legal business, 1892-1936

  • Box 190
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Miscellaneous, 1897-1968, undated

Announcement card, licenses, certificates, undated

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Big Stone Gap, undated

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John Craig Shelby - advertisements, undated

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John Craig Shelby - newspaper clippings, 1897-1956

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John Craig Shelby - music catalogues and magazines, 1940-1943, 1950-1957

  • Box 259
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John Craig Shelby - miscellaneous magazines, pamphlets, and books, undated

  • Box 260
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John Craig Shelby - acknowledgements of sympathy, 1927-1968

  • Box 269
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Miscellaneous, undated

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Miscellaneous, undated

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Packages, 1838-1917, undated

Package 1 - Shelby, Craig papers; case book of Beauchamp & Allen; Beauchamp & Walton; Beauchamp & Calhoun, 1889-1904

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Package 2 - John Todd Shelby; Shelby & Shelby; Shelby, Northcutt, & Shelby ledger A, (index included), 1904-1915

  • Box 275
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Package 3 - Breckinridge & Shelby, account ledger, 1884-1917

  • Box 275
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Package 4 - Breckinridge & Buckner; Breckinridge & Shelby statement of accounts , 1870-1900

  • Box 275
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Package 5 - execution book no. 2-W.W. Dowden, Sheriff (Fayette Co.) , 1868-1869

  • Box 275
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Package 6 - miscellaneous pictures and photographs , undated

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Package 7 - John Todd Shelby - practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; honorary degree: Doctor of Laws from Agricultural & Mechanical College of Kentucky; professional membership; John Craig Shelby practice before U.S. Supreme Court , 1870, 1904, 1913

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Package 8 - Frances Walton Todd, M.D., medical diploma and professional society membership, 1838-1878

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