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Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection, ca. 1850-1939

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Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection


ca. 1850-1939


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Will S. (William Shakespeare) Hays Photograph Collection, ca. 1850-1939, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


53 items

Scope and Content

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


  • Hayes Family-- Pictorial works.
  • Lyricists-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- Photographs.

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