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Joseph Buchanan Papers,1814-1957 (bulk 1824-1826).

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Joseph Buchanan Papers


1814-1957 (bulk 1824-1826)


Transylvania University Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40508 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Joseph Buchanan Papers, 1814-1957 (bulk 1824-1826), MSC 2,Special Collections, Transylvania University, Lexington.


.25 cubic ft.


Joseph Buchanan, a native of Washington County, Virginia, studied medicine in Philadelphia after attending Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky from 1804 to 1805. In 1808 he returned to Lexington and was employed the following year by Transylvania as an instructor in medicine. Buchanan subsequently studied educational methods and law, and also published and edited several local newspapers. In addition, he was an inventor with a particular interest in the development of steam engines.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence and other miscellaneous papers of Joseph Buchanan. Materials consist primarily of letters received by Buchanan, most of which pertain to steam engines and their applications. Other correspondence includes three letters from publisher W. W. Worsley which relate to his publication of papers for Buchanan. Also present are personal financial records, including bills of sale for slaves; a bill of sale for Buchanan's purchase of the Harrodsburg, Kentucky newspaper, THE LIGHT HOUSE; a manuscript essay by Buchanan entitled "Music of Light" (38 p.); and newsclippings, publications, and notes on Buchanan. Contents list. Condition of material: poor (acid damage).


  • Buchanan, Joseph, 1785-1829.
  • Worsley, William W., 1780 or 81-1852
  • Transylvania University -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Light house.
  • Inventors -- Kentucky.
  • Slave bills of sale -- Kentucky.
  • Steam-engines -- Early works to 1850

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