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Blackburn Family Papers,1840-1896

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Blackburn Family Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Blackburn Family Papers, 1840-1896, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


1 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Prominent family of central Kentucky, with strong ties to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The collection consists of correspondence between the children of Edward M. and Lavinia Bell Blackburn and their spouses, their in-laws, and their parents, with some letters to and from business associates. Subjects discussed include family life, local events, business activities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, the Mexican War, medical practices, childbirth and general health problems, politics, slaves, river trade and transportation, and post-Civil War Confederate colonization in Mexico. Correspondents include Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn, Luke Pryor Blackburn, and William E. Blackburn. Card index in repository


  • Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893.
  • Childbirth-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Child care-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Cholera-- United States-- History-- Sources.
  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
  • Confederate Voluntary Exiles-- History-- Sources.
  • Cuba-- History-- Insurrection, 1849-1851-- Sources.
  • Health resorts-- United States-- History-- Sources.
  • Medical colleges-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848-- Sources.
  • Physicians-- Kentucky-- Correspondence.
  • Pillow, Gideon Johnson, 1806-1878.
  • Presidents-- United States-- Election-- 1848-- History-- Sources.
  • Reconstruction-- Sources.
  • Reynolds, Thomas C. (Thomas Caute), 1821-1887-- Correspondence.
  • Skipwith, George Grey-- Correspondence.
  • Slavery-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Steamboats-- History-- Sources.
  • Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850.
  • Temperance-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Prisoners and Prisons-- Sources.
  • Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852.
  • Whig Party (U.S.)-- History-- Sources.
  • Women-- History-- 19th century.
  • Yandell, Lunsford P. (Lunsford Pitts), 1805-1878-- Correspondence.
  • Yellow fever-- History-- Sources.
  • Blackburn, Cary Bell, 1837-
  • Blackburn, Edward Mitchell, 1828-1868.
  • Blackburn, Lavinia S. Bell, 1794-1863.
  • Blackburn, Luke Pryor, 1816-1887.
  • Blackburn, William E., 1823-1849.

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