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Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection
The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA
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[Identification of item], Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection, ca. 1850-1939, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.
Will S. Hays (his more familiar name) was a song writer, newspaper columnist, and steamboat captain. A Louisville native, he wrote as many as five hundred songs including "Mollie Darling," which was said to have sold three million copies. The collection includes family photographs, daguerreotypes, and tintypes of Hays, his wife, their children, and other family members. Identified persons include Will S. Hays, Belle McCullough Hays, Doctor and Mrs. Samuel Brown Hays, Samuel Milton Hays, and Jane Hays. There are daguerreotypes of Martha Ridgeway Gibbs Holbert and James Holbert and tintypes of Mattie Belle Hays
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