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J. Winston Coleman papers, 1780-1965, 1935-1965 (bulk dates)

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J. Winston Coleman papers


1780-1965, 1935-1965 (bulk dates)


University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arrangement is chronological.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], J. Winston Coleman papers, 1780-1965, 1935-1965 (bulk dates), 1M87M32, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


6.3 cubic ft.


Author, historian. J. Winston Coleman, Jr. was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He received degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky and was president of the general contracting firm of Coleman & Davis, Inc. In the 1930s his interest turned toward Kentucky history. His first book, MASONRY IN THE BLUEGRASS, was published in 1933. In 1936 Coleman retired to his Lexington farm in order to devote time to historic research and writing. He wrote more than a dozen books and pamphlets, including STAGECOACH DAYS IN THE BLUEGRASS (1935), SLAVERY TIMES IN KENTUCKY (1940), A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF KENTUCKY HISTORY (1940), LEXINGTON DURING THE CIVIL WAR (1968), and HISTORIC KENTUCKY (1967).

Scope and Content

See also the J. Winston Coleman scrapbooks: accession 1F87M-820; Coleman's papers on slavery in Kentucky: accession 1M46M53; and his papers on stagecoaches: accession 1M51M12.

The papers of Kentucky historian J. Winston Coleman comprise this accession. The holdings consist primarily of correspondence about Coleman's writings on the history of the Commonwealth. Many are letters from politicians, writers, historians, librarians, and publishers. There are a few 18th and 19th century documents and letters, photographs (removed to the Photo Archives), and biographical information about Coleman. There are frequent references to his publications, including his work on masonry in Kentucky (1933) and his book STAGECOACH DAYS IN THE BLUEGRASS (1935). Some of the many correspondents include: Albert B. Chandler, Earle Clements, John Sherman Cooper, Emmet Field Horine, Keen Johnson, Ruby Laffoon, Edwin Carlile Litsey, Gene Markey, Thruston B. Morton, Stanley Reed, Irving Stone, Jesse Stuart, Robert Penn Warren, Lawrence Wetherby, Simeon Willis and Judge Samuel M. Wilson.


  • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
  • Chandler, Happy, 1898-
  • Coleman, J. Winston (John Winston), 1898-
  • Combs, Bert T, 1911-
  • Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-
  • Horine, Emmet Field, 1885-1964.
  • Johnson, Keen, 1896-
  • Laffoon, Ruby, 1869-1941.
  • Litsey, Edwin Carlile, 1874-1970.
  • Markey, Gene, 1895-1980.
  • Morton, Thruston B. (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982.
  • Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-1980.
  • Stone, Irving, 1903-
  • Stuart, Jesse, 1907-
  • Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-
  • Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908-
  • Willis, Simeon S, 1879-1965.
  • Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946.
  • Masonry--Kentucky.
  • Historians.
  • Kentucky--History.
  • Photoprints
  • Kentucky author

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