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William Stuart Lester letters dealing with the Goebel affair, 1952

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William Stuart Lester letters dealing with the Goebel affair




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged by correspondent, but not alphabetically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], William Stuart Lester letters dealing with the Goebel affair, 1952, 1F53M-109, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


1 reel of microfilm (7 ft.).


Historian. Lester, who did graduate work at the University of Kentucky, was apparently researching the Goebel killing for a proposed book in 1952 (presumably never published).

Scope and Content

This is a microfilmed copy of letters about the 1900 assassination of Governor William Goebel. The letters were sent to W. S. Lester of Silver Springs, Maryland as part of his research on the subject. The materials include a paper on assassination written by a member of the Christopher Gist Historical Society and several letters from notables in Kentucky, such as Lucien Beckner, state geologist and historian, and Tom Wallace, then editor emeritus of the COURIER-JOURNAL. Other letter writers include Charles H. Morris and Stephens Blakley.


  • Beckner, Lucien, 1872-1963.
  • Blakley, Stephens.
  • Goebel, William, 1856-1900--Assassination.
  • Lester, William Stewart.
  • Morris, Charles H.
  • Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961.
  • Christopher Gist Historical Society.
  • Assassination--Kentucky.
  • Kentucky--Politics and government--1865-1950

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