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William Thomas McElroy Papers,1838-1805

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William Thomas McElroy Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], William Thomas McElroy Papers, 1838-1805, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


0.33 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Presbyterian clergyman of Ky. Papers include letters discussing McElroy's education and personal life; a statement about his false arrest and controversy surrounding the Walnut Street Presbyterian Church in Louisville; and McElroy's journals, 1852-1868, 1889, and 1901-1905, chronicling his studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1852-1854, his pastorates at Presbyterians churches in Mercer County, Paris, Maysville and Louisville, Ky., and Mobile, Ala., and discussing events surrounding his family, spiritual matters and meditations, McElroy's day-to-day thoughts, slavery, free African Americans, the Civil War, and the conflict between Old School and New School Presbyterians. An additional volume contains records for various years and churches of baptisms, marriages, new members, expenses, and sermons preached. Also included are papers of geologist Samuel Addison Casseday, including his 1853-1854 travel journal in which he recounts his experiences and observations while in Europe. His papers include a note written in French from Prussian scientist Alexander Von Humboldt, who granted a visit to the young Casseday. He describes his interview with Humboldt in his travel journal


  • Casseday, Samuel Addison, 1834-1860.
  • Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859-- Correspondence.
  • McElroy, William Thomas, 1829-1910.
  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S.-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S.-- History-- Schism, 1837-1870-- Sources.
  • Clergy-- Kentucky-- Archives.
  • Europe-- Description and travel.

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