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Mulligan and Foley family papers and photographs, 1878-1986

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Processed by Jennifer Queen in September 2006 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig


Mulligan and Foley family papers and photographs




University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


This collection is arranged in five series by subject:

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

1995ua001: [identification of item], Mulligan and Foley family papers and photographs, University of Kentucky Archives.


1.74 cubic feet (11 boxes)


The Mulligan Foley family papers and photographs include University of Kentucky related materials, family and other photographs, and materials pertaining to the Knights of Pythias.


Ernest and Elsie Mulligan Foley were the parents of Nancy Foley Johnson and were University of Kentucky alumni (class of 1936). Both worked at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. John Bell Mulligan was a member of the Knights of Pythias and was Nancy Foley Johnson's grandfather on her mother's side.

Scope and Content

The Mulligan Foley family papers and photographs include University of Kentucky materials, plus photographs, artifacts, and other materials related to the family of Ernest and Elsie Mulligan Foley. The collection also includes materials pertaining to John Bell Mulligan and his involvement with the Knights of Pythias. These materials include correspondence, certificates, photographs, and medals.


  • Johnson, Nancy Foley.
  • Foley, Elsie Mulligan.
  • Foley, Ernest.
  • Rupp, Adolph, 1901-1977.
  • Mulligan, John Bell.
  • Skinner, Ami Delong.
  • Skinner, W. B.
  • Lowe, D. M.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Knights of Pythias.
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

User Restrictions

The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Related Material

James Spencer McHargue papers , 1989ua014, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Collection Inventory

Papers and Photographs
Scope and Content Note:

The Papers and Photographs series contains genealogical materials and clippings including items related to D. M. Lowe, miscellaneous other clippings, University of Kentucky materials including clippings and funeral programs related to Adolf Rupp, 1977-78 Wildcat Basketball calendar, a program and class roster of the class of 1936, photographs of UK campus and assorted other photographs, and diplomas.

Class Roster 1936
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Baccalaureate Program 1936
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Certificate for Half Century Club 1986
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Homecoming Ribbon 1936
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Clippings on Adolf Rupp 1933-1977
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Funeral Programs for Adolf Rupp 1977
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Wildcat Calendar 1977-1978
[box: 1, folder: 7]
UK photographs circa 1920s
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Genealogy/Clippings 1919-1951
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Miscellaneous Clippings 1878
[box: 1, folder: 10]
Miscellaneous 1927-
[box: 1, folder: 11]
[box: 1, folder: 12]
Diplomas 1889-1902
[box: 10, folder: 1]
John Bell Mulligan
Scope and Content Note:

The John Bell Mulligan series contains items relating to the Knights of Pythias, including correspondence, certificates, minutes, photographs, and miscellaneous items. Also included in this series is a collection of 15 medals and pins related to Knights of Pythias that belonged to John B. Mulligan.

i. Papers
Correspondence 1933
[box: 1, folder: 13]
Certificates 1919-1932
[box: 1, folder: 14]
Pythian Minutes 1926-1933
[box: 1, folder: 15]
Miscellaneous 1913-1933
[box: 1, folder: 16]
Photographs 1922
[box: 1, folder: 17]
ii. Medals
Medals and Pins
[box: 2]
Albums, circa 1870
Scope and Content Note:

The Albums series contains photographs that have been removed from family photo albums for preservation. The photographs are marked by both item number and original page number in respective album. The small album contains photographs of family members including Robert Rusk Henderson and family and also W. B. Skinner and family. It is inscribed "Presented to Bettie Henderson with the compliments and love of her uncle William W. Henderson." The album consists primarily of carte de visites that are predominantly identified on the verso. Additionally, the album has handwritten names below the photographs. The large album is inscribed, "Florence W. Skinner, Christmas, 1887" and contains photographs of family members including W. B. Skinner and family and also the Melville Robertson family. The albums contain handwritten descriptions on several of the pages. The photographs have been removed from both albums for preservation purposes but the albums and photographs have been numbered to indicate the page where the photograph was removed.

Photographs from Small Album (30)
[box: 3, item: 1-30]
Small Album with pictures removed
[box: 4, folder: 1]
Photographs from Large Album (40)
[box: 5, item: 1-40]
Large Album with pictures removed
[box: 6, folder: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

The Photographs series contains miscellaneous images including W. B. Skinner but many unlabeled, 1906 and later. Oversized photos include Virginia Ave. Men's Class, and Washington, D.C., 1906.

Family Photographs (35)
[box: 7, item: 1-35]
Family Photographs (13)
[box: 8, item: 1-13]
Panoramic Group Portraits (3)
[box: 9, item: 1-3]
Oversized Photographs (3)
[box: 10, folder: 2-3]
Memorabilia and Artifacts
Scope and Content Note:

The Memorabilia and Artifacts series contains items belonging to Ernest and Elsie Mulligan Foley, including both of their UK freshman caps, pins related to Kentucky State Race Commission, an ashtray, a ribbon, an angel pin, a key tag, a souvenir plate, and a pennant.

Memorabilia and Artifacts (12 items)
[box: 11]

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