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Presbyterian church papers, 1903-1947

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Presbyterian church papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized by genre.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Presbyterian church papers, 1903-1947, 1M50W2, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


2.9 cubic ft.


Lawyer, historian. Samuel M. Wilson was a Lexington, Kentucky attorney, World War I veteran, writer, church and civic leader, as well as a collector of books and manuscripts. He was the son and grandson of prominent Presbyterian ministers and maintained a life-long membership in Lexington's First Presbyterian Church, serving as ruling elder for many years. One of Wilson's special interests was Kentucky history. After his death in 1946, the majority of his collection went to the University of Kentucky. When Mrs. Wilson died in 1959, the remaining books and manuscripts were added to the library collection.

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection include correspondence, programs, speeches, research notes and clippings related to Samuel M. Wilson's research on the Presbyterian Church in Kentucky. Subjects covered in the papers include Presbyterian general assemblies, the reunification of the Presbyterian Church and the sesquicentennial celebrations of the founding of the church in Kentucky. There are historical sketches of the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, the Springfield Church in Bath County, Ky, and early Clark County churches.


  • First Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Springfield Church (Bath County, Ky.)
  • Presbyterian Church--Kentucky.
  • Historians.
  • Presbyterian Church--Kentucky.
  • Bath County (Ky.)--Church history.
  • Clark County (Ky.)--Church history.
  • Clippings.
  • Essays

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