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Duncan family letters, 1803-1862

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess

Title

Duncan family letters

Date

1803-1862

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

71M38: [Identification of item], Duncan family letters, 1803-1862, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.68 Cubic feet

2 boxes

Creator

Duncan family

Biography/History

Henry Timberlake Duncan was a farmer and livestock breeder, who owned two farms in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and maintained a family estate, Duncannon, outside Lexington. He also acted as president of the Clay Monument Association in the 1850s. His son, Henry Timberlake Duncan, Jr., attended Harvard and became a major in the United States Army, the founder of the Lexington Daily Press in 1870, and the mayor of Lexington twice. His sister, Mary Duncan, attended the Pittsfield Institute for Young Ladies.

Scope and Content

The Duncan family letters comprise correspondence to Henry Timberlake Duncan, Jr. from family and friends. The letters date from 1803-1863, with the bulk of the letters written during the 1850s while Henry Duncan, Jr. attended Harvard College. The majority of the letters were written by Duncan's father, Henry J. Duncan, Sr.; his mother; his sister, Mary Duncan, while she was at the Pittsfield Institute for Young Ladies; and his cousin, H.D. Jenkins. Duncan's school friends, such as C.W. Horne, J.H. Richardson, and Henry M. Bond, also wrote frequently. Subjects covered include the Civil War, slavery, railroads, lynching, fairs, politics, the depression of 1857, and an Asiatic cholera outbreak in 1832. Some letters written in the 1850s from Henry Duncan, Sr., mention the plans of the Clay Monument Association.

Subjects

  • Clay Monument Association.
  • Harvard University.
  • Pittsfield Institute for Young Ladies.
  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
  • Brown, John, 1800-1859
  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
  • Clay, Thomas Hart, 1803-1871
  • Davis, Garrett, 1801-1872
  • Duncan, Henry Timberlake, 1800-1880
  • Duncan, Henry Timberlake, 1836-1912
  • Simms, William E., (William Elliott), 1822-1898
  • Agriculturists.
  • Cholera--Kentucky.
  • Elections--Kentucky.
  • Fairs--Kentucky.
  • Lynching.
  • Private schools.
  • Railroads--Illinois--Chicago.
  • Students.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Collection Inventory

1803, 1852
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
1853-1854
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
1855 January-March
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
1855 April-July
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
1855 August-December
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
1856 January-June
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
1856 July-December
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
1857 January-May
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
1857 June-December
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
1858 January-June
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
1858 July-December
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
1859 January-March
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
1859 April-December
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
1860 January-June
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
1860 July-December
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
1861
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
1862 January-March, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]

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