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John F. Jefferson Papers,1849-1925

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John F. Jefferson Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], John F. Jefferson Papers, 1849-1925, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


1.66 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Merchant of Louisville, Ky. The bulk of the collection is comprised of diaries (50 v.) kept for fifty years, 1857 -1906. Jefferson's diaries contain a day by day account of a wide variety of happenings: church attendance, family and social news, and national and international events, including many comments on politics and current events, such as Lincoln's election and inauguration and the assassinations of presidents Lincoln and Garfield. The writer mentions prices of food, coal, etc., stock quotations, the establishment and cessation of newspapers in Louisville, population statistics for Louisville, weather conditions, duels and murders, deaths from disease, admission of states into the Union, accounts of battles of the Civil War, and many other matters. Parts of three diaries (1878 and 1879) give a detailed account of a six month trip through Europe, that included Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, and Switzerland. The papers also include Jefferson's account book for Brook St. Methodist Evangelical Church and Brook St. Sabbath School, 1857-1864; his "Memorandum of all the Names of Persons I am acquainted with in the U. States," 1850; inventory book, 1884-1888; chicken book, 19 July 1849; and H. T. Jefferson's Journal No. 3, June -Sep., 1857, and expense account, 1861-1871


  • American newspapers-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- History-- Sources.
  • Brook Street Methodist Evangelical Church (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Europe-- Description and travel.
  • Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.
  • Jefferson, Henry T., 1840-1928.
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
  • Louisville (Ky.)-- Social life and customs.
  • Methodist Church-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- History-- Sources.

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