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Cyrenius Wait Papers, Bulk, 1830-1859

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey

Title

Cyrenius Wait Papers

Date

Bulk, 1830-1859

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

73M6: [identification of item], Cyrenius Wait papers, 1790-1950, bulk 1830-1859, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.6 Cubic feet

2 boxes, 1 item

Biography/History

Massachusetts born Cyrenius Wait (1794-1868) was a businessman, politician, and farmer, who came to Kentucky in 1818 and acquired extensive land holdings in Pulaski County. He became a successful businessman with interests in coal mining, farming, and mercantile ventures as well as unusual enterprises such as salt making and silk production. Wait served as state school commissioner for Pulaski and Casey Counties in 1843 and as a senator in the Kentucky legislature in 1850. Additionally, he was a president of the Somerset branch of Farmer's Bank and an agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Scope and Content

The Cyrenius Wait papers comprise correspondence, receipts, land grants, account books, and business records, illuminating Wait's career as a Kentucky entrepreneur. The account books document Wait's financial transactions, while the correspondence and business records chronicle his business dealings throughout Kentucky. Additionally, the papers contain school records, genealogical records, the correspondence of Wait's heirs in the 19th and 20th centuries, and a modern transcription of William Wait's diary. The diary describes the journey William Wait, Cyrenius Wait's brother, took from Massachusetts to Kentucky in 1818 and 1819.

Subjects

  • Pulaski County (Ky.)
  • Wait, William
  • Agriculture--Kentucky--Pulaski County--History.
  • Business records--Kentucky.
  • Businessmen.
  • Coal--Kentucky--Pulaski County--History.
  • Farmers.
  • Land grants--Kentucky--Pulaski County.
  • Land grants.
  • Land titles--Kentucky--Pulaski County.
  • Salt industry and trade--Kentucky--Pulaski County.
  • School management and organization--Kentucky--Pulaski County.
  • Silk industry--Kentucky--Somerset.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence and business records, 1790-1833
[Box: 2, Folder: 1, Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Account book, 1828-1842
[Item: 1]
Correspondence and business records, 1834-1839
[Box: 2, Folder: 2, Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Correspondence and business records, 1840-1849
[Box: 2, Folder: 3, Box: 1, Folder: 10]
School records, 1841-1854
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Correspondence and business records, 1850-1859
[Box: 1, Folder: 11, Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Correspondence and business records, 1860-1879
[Box: 1, Folder: 12, Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Account books, 1867-1874
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Correspondence and business records, 1881-1923, 1950
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Correspondence and business records, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 9, Box: 1, Folder: 13]
Genealogy, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
William Wait diary, 1818-1819, transcription, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]

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