Lyle family papers

Abstract

The Lyle family papers (dated 1768-1944, undated; 8.3 cubic feet; 21 boxes) represent four generations of the family, which lived in Rockbridge County, Virginia and Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lyle family papers
Extent
8.33 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Second Great Awakening -- Kentucky.
Sermons.
Correspondence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
62m49: [Identification of item], Lyle family papers, 1789-1944, undated University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ministers, newspaper publishers. John Lyle was an elder of the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church in Rockbridge County, Virginia. His sons, the Rev. John Lyle and Joel Reid Lyle came to Kentucky in the early 19th century. Joel Lyle had three sons, William, John and Joel Kenney Lyle; the latter married Maria Nourse. They were the parents of Lizzie, Helen and Charles Nourse Lyle. The Rev. John Lyle operated private schools in Bourbon County, Ky. and a printing shop in Paris in addition to his pastoral duties. He was active in the Presbyterian Church in Kentucky. Joel Reid Lyle taught in his brother's schools but resigned in 1809 to publish the Western Citizen, a Paris newspaper. He retired in 1829, turning the paper over to his son, William.
Scope and Content
The Lyle family papers (dated 1768-1944, undated; 8.3 cubic feet; 21 boxes) represent four generations of the family, which lived in Rockbridge County, Virginia and Bourbon County, Kentucky. The elder John Lyle is well represented through his correspondence in the collection. Papers relating to his son, the Rev. John Lyle, include his sermon on Order preached in opposition to the extravagancies which he perceived in the frontier revival, and a copy of the Circular Letter to the churches of the synod of Kentucky. There are letters between Joel Reid Lyle and his sons, William and John who attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Joel Kenney who attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and Princeton Theological Seminary. These letters (1825-1849) comment on events of the times, the Second Great Revival, the Campbell-Rice debates, the Bank of Kentucky, slavery, abolition, and troubles in Texas. Joel Kenney Lyle's papers (1842-1872) include correspondence, and records pertaining to his pastorates in Kentucky, sermons and notes. References to the Civil War are frequent.
Genealogical materials concerning both the Nourse and Lyle families were accumulated by Marie Nourse Lyle. Additional papers deal with Mrs. Lyle and her children. Among the Lyle papers are early indentures, day books, diaries, scrapbooks, and broadsides. Correspondents include Archibald Alexander of Princeton Theological Seminary, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Presbyterian historian Robert Davidson, textbook author and educator W. H. McGuffey, and religious historian William B. Sprague.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
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 Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Kentucky territory correspondence, 1800-1822

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John Lyle memoir and Maria Nourse Lyle reminiscence, 1901

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James Nourse letter to William Nourse and Mrs. Lucas's estate ledger, 1788 June 24

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Circular letter from the Synod of Kentucky, 1803

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Joel Reid Lyle letters to William C. Lyle, 1825-1827

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Joel Reid Lyle letters to William C. Lyle at Miami University, 1828-1829

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Joel Reid Lyle letter to John Lyle at Miami University and Oxford, Ohio, 1834-1838

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Letters to Joel Reid Lyle, 1832-1837

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Letters to Joel Reid Lyle, 1840-1849

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Joel Reid Lyle speeches and notes, 1840-1865

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Joel Reid Lyle letter to Joel K. Lyle, 1843-1848

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Joel K. Lyle letter to his family from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1843-1845

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Joel K. Lyle letter to his family from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1846-1847

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Joel K. Lyle letter to his family from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1848-1849

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Joel K. Lyle letter to Dr. John A. Lyle, 1846-1849

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Scrapbook of newspaper articles by Joel K. Lyle, 1851-1868

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Joel K. Lyle letter to John A. Lyle, 1850-1852

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Joel K. Lyle correspondence, 1852-1855

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Joel K. Lyle correspondence, 1856-1859

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Joel K. Lyle and Nicholasville Church correspondence, 1853-1855

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Danville Theological Seminary commission letter and account books, 1855-1856

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Joel K. Lyle diary while agent at Danville Theological Seminary, 1855 October-December

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Mount Horeb church history, correspondence, and log of orchard, 1857-1863

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Family correspondence, 1852 December-1856 April

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Family correspondence, 1856 April-1859 December

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Family correspondence, 1860-1864

  • Box 4, folder 1
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American Tract Society Major Sanderson by Joel K. Lyle, 1862

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Family correspondence, 1865-1866

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Family correspondence, 1867-1868

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Family correspondence, 1869

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Presbyterian General Assembly programs and receipts, 1869 May-June

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Board of Domestic Missions correspondence and donation records, 1866-1869

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Board of Domestic Missions correspondence and donation records, 1869-1871

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Joel K. Lyle and American Tract Society correspondence, 1871

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Family correspondence, 1870

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Family correspondence, 1871 January-June

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Family correspondence, 1871 August-December

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Lizzie Agnes Lyle letters from the Ohio Female Seminary, 1871 September 14-December 11

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle letters from the Ohio Female Seminary, 1872 January 2-March 21

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle letters from the Ohio Female Seminary, 1872 March 25-June 1

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle autograph book, 1872-1876

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Estate sale and receipts upon Joel K. Lyle's death, 1872

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Maria Nourse Lyle correspondence, bonds, and Nourse family index, 1890-1891

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Correspondence upon the death of Maria Nourse Lyle, 1904

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle correspondence, receipts and memorandum book, 1895-1915

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle Daughters of American Revolution correspondence and accounts, 1906-1911

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Helen Lyle Western College for Women correspondence, receipts, estate records, 1877-1934

  • Box 6, folder 7
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Daughters of the American Revolution correspondence, member profiles and receipts, 1896-1915

  • Box 7, folder 1
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Daughters of the American Revolution Yearbook-Lexington, Kentucky, 1908-1910

  • Box 7, folder 2
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National Cathedral in Washington DC donation certificates and broadside, 1898-1929

  • Box 7, folder 3
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Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky programs and club reports, 1896-1929

  • Box 7, folder 4
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Christmas broadside, advertisements, undated

  • Box 7, folder 5
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Essays, poems and short stories collected by Maria Nourse Lyle, undated

  • Box 7, folder 6-7
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Wedding invitations, 1918-1936

  • Box 8, folder 1
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Charles N. Lyle correspondence, 1902-1944

  • Box 8, folder 2
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Charles N. Lyle financial records, 1907-1939

  • Box 8, folder 3
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Bettina Richardson Lyle correspondence, Kentucky State Nurse certificate, 1913-1938

  • Box 8, folder 4
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Bettina Richardson Lyle book of poems, undated

  • Box 8, folder 5
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Transylvania Printing and Publishing Company history, correspondence, account records, 1873-1940

  • Box 8, folder 6
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Charles N. Lyle's History of the works of Reverand John Lyle and the Kentucky Presbyterian Church, undated

  • Box 8, folder 7
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Charles N. Lyle Transylvania Printing Company notebook, undated

  • Box 9, folder 1
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Charles N. Lyle financial records, 1920-1932

  • Box 9, folder 2
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A Few Facts about Joel K. Lyle by Charles N. Lyle, undated

  • Box 9, folder 3
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Reverand John Lyle's Sermon on Order, 1833

  • Box 9, folder 4
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Joel K. Lyle sermons, 1848-1850

  • Box 10, folder 1
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Joel K. Lyle sermons, 1850-1869

  • Box 10, folder 2
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Joel K. Lyle sermons, 1850-1870

  • Box 10, folder 3-4
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Joel K. Lyle printed sermons, 1865

  • Box 10, folder 5
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Joel K. Lyle sermons and notes, undated

  • Box 10, folder 6
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Joel K. Lyle articles, 1848-1864

  • Box 10, folder 7
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Joel K. Lyle sermon from 1852, printed by Charles N. Lyle, undated

  • Box 11, folder 1
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Joel K. Lyle diaries, 1858-1861

  • Box 11, folder 2
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Joel K. Lyle diaries, 1861-1864

  • Box 11, folder 3
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Joel K. Lyle diaries, 1865-1870

  • Box 11, folder 4
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Joel K. Lyle diaries, 1871-1872

  • Box 11, folder 5
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Joel K. Lyle scrapbook, 1848

  • Box 11, folder 6
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Joel K. Lyle and Charles N. Lyle scrapbook, undated

  • Box 12, folder 1
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Charles N. Lyle scrapbook, undated

  • Box 12, folder 2-3
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Charles N. Lyle scrapbook, 1894

  • Box 13, folder 1
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Maria N. Lyle cookbook, 1854 April 12

  • Box 13, folder 2
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Charles N. Lyle notebooks, 1890-1907

  • Box 13, folder 3
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle historical and literary notebooks, 1897-1898

  • Box 13, folder 4
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle's copy of The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church, 1855 October 10

  • Box 14, folder 1
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle's notebook of genealogical information, 1887

  • Box 14, folder 2
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle's diary, 1907 November 10-1912 March 7

  • Box 14, folder 3
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Lizzie Agnes Lyle's diary, 1907 November 24-1925 October 30

  • Box 14, folder 4
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Jane Stamp's Richardson scrapbook, 1858-1899

  • Box 15, folder 1
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Jane Stamp's Richardson poem book, 1891-1899

  • Box 15, folder 2
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Helen Lyle at Western Female Seminary notebooks, 1876-1878

  • Box 15, folder 3
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Joel K. Lyle private essays, 1848-1870

  • Box 15, folder 4
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Scrapbook of famous people, 1871-1879

  • Box 16, folder 1
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Scrapbook of newspaper clippings on domesticity, undated

  • Box 16, folder 2
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Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1910-1921

  • Box 16, folder 3
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John Lyle's emigrant and correspondence on family history, 1896

  • Box 17, folder 1
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Gaines' family documents, 1827-1872

  • Box 17, folder 2
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Lyle family correspondence rewritten, family history, family tree, undated

  • Box 17, folder 3
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Daniel Branch correspondence, 1847-1891

  • Box 17, folder 4
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Gaines/Houston/Kenney/Reid/Boggs genealogy notes, undated

  • Box 17, folder 5
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M.C. Lyle and John Lyle correspondence about family history, 1889

  • Box 17, folder 6
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Emigrants for Matthew, John, Samuel and Daniel Lyle, undated

  • Box 17, folder 7
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Oscar Lyle correspondence and poetry, 1889-1892

  • Box 17, folder 8
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Correspondence to Lizzie Lyle about family history, 1900-1915

  • Box 17, folder 9
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Report on the Morgan family, 1935

  • Box 17, folder 10
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Nourse family correspondence before the publication of The Descendents of James Nourse, 1889-1893

  • Box 18, folder 1
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Copies of Nourse family correspondence, 1800-1821

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Notes on Nourse genealogy and family tree, undated

  • Box 18, folder 3
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Notes on Nourse family correspondence, 1899

  • Box 18, folder 4
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Michael Nourse and Mary Rittenhouse genealogy, 1890

  • Box 18, folder 5
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Genealogy project scrapbook, 1889 January 1-1902 March 12

  • Box 18, folder 6
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Copies of Nourse family diaries, 1768-1783

  • Box 19, folder 1
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James Nourse and his Descendents, undated

  • Box 19, folder 2-3
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Pictures and illustrations of Nourse genealogy, undated

  • Box 19, folder 4
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James Nourse and his Descendents unbound copy, undated

  • Box 19, folder 5
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John Lyle day books, Bourbon Academy, 1806-1807

  • Box 19, folder 6
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Carriers Address to the Patrons of the Western Citizen: signed by John Hite, 1848 January 1

  • Box 20, folder 1
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John Hunt Morgan proclamation to Inhabitants of Kentucky: reprint, 1862 August 22

  • Box 20, folder 2
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Joel Lyle The Protest - Broadside against resolutions adopted by Session of Paris Church, undated

  • Box 20, folder 3
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Copy of the Declaration of Independence, undated

  • Box 20, folder 4
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Vance Armentrout - Romance of Older Politics and Service of New United in J. C. W. Beckman broadside, undated

  • Box 20, folder 5
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Bettie Breckinridge Richardson's Diploma from the Free Hospital for Women Brookline, MA, 1913 April 1

  • Box 20, folder 6
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The Kentucky Citizen, 1906 February 21

  • Box 21, folder 1
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Lyle family scholarships and diplomas, 1812-1914

  • Box 21, folder 2
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Five Million Memorial Fund certificates, 1870

  • Box 21, folder 3
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Broadside to A Member fo the Synod of Kentucky - A reply to the pamphlet Case of McCalla against Blythe, 1815 February 14

  • Box 21, folder 4
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Broadsides for 1925 sesquicentennial of Lexington, 1925

  • Box 21, folder 5
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Indentured Servant Contract, 1818

  • Box 21, folder 6
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Western Citizen Broadside, 1812

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