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Todd family papers, 1842-1884

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Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell


Todd family papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


The correspondence is arranged chronologically. However the majority of the letters are undated and follow the dated letters. The envelopes and journal follow the correspondence.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

62M40: [Identification of item], Todd family papers, 1842-1884, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.35 Cubic feet

2 boxes


Todd family, Shelby County, Ky.


This collection includes correspondence, school work and a daily journal that belonged to Mary and Elizabeth Todd in the 1830s and 1840s.


Two of the daughters of the Todd family, Mary Jane (b.1832) and Elizabeth (b.1834) attended Science Hill Academy in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Scope and Content

The Todd family papers are comprised of correspondence among members of the Todd family of Chestnut Grove in Shelby County, Kentucky. These letters provide examples of the intimate attachments formed among young women in the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as concern for schoolwork, family clothes and most prominent of all, prospects for marriage. Several letters from James Todd (b. 1835), attending school in Danville, Kentucky, offers a male perspective on adolescence in the nineteenth century. Also present are drafts of school essays and poems written by Mary Jane and Elizabeth Todd and their friends at Science Hill.


  • Science Hill School. (Shelbyville, Ky.)
  • Chesnut Grove (Ky.)
  • Danville (Ky.)
  • Shelby County (Ky.)
  • Shelbyville (Ky.)
  • Todd, Elizabeth, b. 1834
  • Todd, James, ca. 1835
  • Todd, Mary Jane, b. 1832
  • Education--Kentucky.
  • Poetry.
  • Women--Kentucky--Social life and customs.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1842-1854
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Correspondence, 1850-1857
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Correspondence, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Correspondence from Science Hill, 1844-1849
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Journal and Envelopes, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]

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