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Shelby family papers, 1789-1947

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Shelby family papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized into two divisions: individual family members' papers and miscellaneous papers. Arrangement in boxes 1-6 is according to family member's name; boxes 7-17 contain unarranged miscellaneous and genealogical material.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Shelby family papers, 1789-1947, 1M59M56, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


8 cubic ft. (ca. 6,500 pieces).


The Shelby family of Kentucky descended from Isaac Shelby, first governor of the Commonwealth. Family members included his son, Thomas Hart Shelby and grandson, Edmund Pendleton Shelby. They and other family members continued the family traditions of farming, business and active involvement in the social life of central Kentucky.

Scope and Content

These are the papers of the Shelby family of Kentucky. Included in the collection are copies of correspondence of Isaac Shelby, first governor of the Commonwealth, and General Evan Shelby. There are letters to land agent Thomas Hart from Danville, Ky. dealing with hemp, and letters and recipes of Mary Ann Bullock Shelby. Letters from Judge William B. Kinkead are among the papers of Thomas Hart Shelby; there are also documents related to Shelby's land holdings in Chicago, Ill. Edmund Pendleton Shelby's papers are primarily family letters. Other materials in the collection include letters from England relating to livestock, a certificate of membership in the American Colonization Society for Thomas Hart Shelby signed by Henry Clay, family histories, genealogies, autograph albums, Bibles, scrapbooks and a draft of Lucy Shelby's GRASSLAND DAYS AND GRASSLAND WAYS.


  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
  • Hart, Thomas, 1730-1808.
  • Shelby, Edmund Pendleton, 1833-1917.
  • Shelby, Isaac Prather, 1822-1896.
  • Shelby, Lucy Goodloe, 1862-1957.
  • Shelby, Mary Ann Bullock, 1800-1836.
  • Shelby, Susan Goodloe Hart, 1839-1923.
  • Shelby, Thomas Hart, 1789-1869.
  • Selby family.
  • American Colonization Society.
  • Genealogy--Kentucky.
  • Agriculturists
  • Land titles--Illinois--Chicago.
  • Danville (Ky.)
  • Kentucky--History--19th century.
  • Clippings.
  • Notebooks.
  • Recipes.
  • Scrapbooks_2ftamc.

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