The Mary Elliott Flanery Photographic Collection

Descriptive Summary

The Mary Elliott Flanery Photographic Collection
Flanery, Mary Elliott, 1867-1933
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 40 items
Women & Politics
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Trish Roskam; machine-readable finding aid created by:Trish Roskam
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Elliott Flanery was born in 1867 in what is now Elliott County. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, and began a teaching career in Elliott and Carter Counties. From 1903 to 1926 she worked as a journalist for the Ashland Daily Independent. She used her columns to advocate for social change. Flanery was a member of the Kentucky Equal Rights Commission, and fought for women's suffrage.
In 1920 the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote. Flanery ran as a Democratic candidate in Boyd County in 1921, and managed to unseat the incumbent Republican, becoming the first Kentucky state legislator. Concerned with Kentucky's marriage and divorce laws and educational reform, she sponsored the Shepard-Towner Maternity Act and introduced the bill that created Morehead State Teachers College. In 1924 she was elected to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and there became the first person to read a roll call over the radio.
In addition to work toward women's rights and service as a state legislator, she raised a large family, four daughters and a son. Her son Elliott even served as a State House page for his mother. After Flanery's death in 1933, a bronze marker was permanently affixed to her seat as a memorial.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of 40 black and white silver print photographs by or about Mary Elliott Flanery and her immediate family.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection


"South Barracks taken from roof of North Barracks"; handwritten ink on back of print, , [n.d.]

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Commercial postcard of "Elliott Hall," home of W. H. Flanery, Catlettsburg, Ky. Elliot Hall in winter, , [n.d.]

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Commercial postcard "Elliott Hall," home of W. H. Flanery, different view from #2, , [n.d.]

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"Elliott Hall" Home of W. H. Flanery, Catlettsburg, Kentucky, , [n.d.]

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A very young girl sitting outdoors; on the back: "Christmas Greetings, Margaret Collier.", , [n.d.]

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Souvenir cover for ten photos of Pearl Harbor; "Souvenir of your Pearl Harbor Cruise aboard the Adventure", , [n.d.]

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"On guard at Pearl Harbor", , [n.d.]

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"Battleship row during attack", , [n.d.]

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"Japanese Propaganda Leaflet", , [n.d.]

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"Wheeler Field Air Base in flames", , [n.d.]

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"U.S.S. Arizona explosion", , [n.d.]

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"U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized and U.S.S. Maryland", , [n.d.]

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"Explosion of U.S.S. Shaw", , [n.d.]

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"Damaged U.S. plane", , [n.d.]

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"U.S.S. Cassin and U.S.S. Downes with U.S.S. Pennsylvania in background", , [n.d.]

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"Japanese aerial photo taken during attack", , [n.d.]

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"Howerton & Lowry" [Law office of D.M. Howerton], , [n.d.]

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Group of over twenty people in a room with Harry Truman and Bess Truman, , [n.d.]

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Group of two men and two women; "left to right:Ellen Price of Wisconsin, Jack Burgess of Boston, M.F.H. and Jack Collins. Taken at the class dinner, Lewis School, May 20, 1954" handwritten on back of photo, , 20-May-54

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Man in an Air Force uniform, , [n.d.]

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"Mamma 1902", , 1902

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"Papa 1902", , 1902

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Postcard photo of Anna Howerton, , [n.d.]

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Christmas card from "Cadet Wm. E. Irwin.", , [n.d.]

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Postcard of man in a cowboy outfit, , [n.d.]

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Handcolored portrait of President Woodrow Wilson, , [n.d.]

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Group photo;"Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt Ashland, KY, May 29, 1937, , 29-May-37

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"To my loyal friend and valued aide--A.P. Learrey, October 8th 1917.", , Oct. 8th 1917

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Unidentified woman, , [n.d.]

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"Mary Elliott Flanery, Catlettsburg, KY.", , [n.d.]

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"Mrs. Davis M Howerton, Ashland, KY.", , [n.d.]

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Group photo of twenty young men and seven young women including W. H. Flanery, , [n.d.]

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Group photo of eight women dressed in costumes, sitting around a table, , [n.d.]

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Davis Howerton and Davis Howerton, Jr., on the running board of a 1920s vintage sedan, , [n.d.]

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A group of about forty women around "Poage" Revolutionary War Monument. Davis Howerton, Jr. and Jane Kitchen holding U.S. flags., , [n.d.]

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"Mrs. Grace Cline-Vest", , [n.d.]

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Mrs. Cora Wilson Stewart, Frankfort, KY., , [n.d.]

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"Laura Clay, Lexington, Kentucky" [MISSING], , [n.d.]

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Madeline McDowell Breckenridge, , [n.d.]

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Florence E. Allen; "To Mrs. Davis M. Howerton with all best wishes October 15th 1934", , October 15th 1934

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