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Shackelford Family Papers, 1786-1964 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Shackelford Family Papers, 1786-1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Extent: 9.24 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 05/29/1978

Subjects: Central University (Richmond, Ky.), Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903., Democratic Party (Ky.), Kentucky--Social life and customs--20th century.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Shackelford Papers, through correspondence, diaries, photographs, newspaper clippings and other materials, document the public career and personal life of William Rodes Shackelford and his family. The correspondence series consists of letters Shackelford received from his classmates at Central University, Richmond, KY acquaintances, and business associates. Glimpses of Richmond educational, social and cultural life is found in the correspondence along with discussions on local, state and national political issues are covered, especially the watershed 1896 presidential election between William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley and the Spanish American War.

Shackelford kept a diary beginning when he was 18 and entering Central University and continuing until 1912 with a break from 1890 to 1907. The diary from his Central University time includes details about his student days. Also of interest are the ledgers of Dr. S.M. Letcher which indicate who he treated and what they were treated for. The Legal Documents series includes materials from a number of suits involving the Clay family and a case involving betting on an election.

Collection Historical Note

William Rodes Shackelford was born on October 26, 1869, in Richmond, the son of Mary Keen and James T. Shackelford. Shackelford was the eldest child from James T.'s second marriage. James's first wife, Mary Bates, bore two children--Daniel Bates Shackelford and James Shackelford, who died at age one. Shackelford had three brothers and four sisters--Clay Keen, John Hockaday, Sally Clay Keen, George Daniel, James Jr., Mary Keen, and an infant girl who died at birth.

Shackelford was educated at Central University in Richmond, Kentucky and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June 1887, at the age of seventeen. In June 1888, he had conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts. At Central University, he participated in numerous oratorical contests and was active in Alpha Tau Omega, a men's social fraternity. Too young to be admitted to the bar, he taught in a private school for one year while still pursuing his legal studies. He subsequently took a law lecture course at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in January 1891 in Richmond.

When Central University was absorbed by consolidation into Centre College of Danville in 1901, Shackelford led in the fight to retain for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond, the Central University campus grounds which were used for the Walters Institute, an educational institution for boys of which Shackelford was one of the founders. This retention of the ownership of the old campus and the ability of its Trustees to offer it as is gift to the state of Kentucky, was a major factor in the establishment of he Eastern State Normal School, now Eastern Kentucky University.

On January 29, 1907 Shackelford married his cousin, Anne Louise Clay, of Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Cassius M. Clay, Jr. and Sue Elizabeth Clay and came from a line of pioneer settlers of Bourbon County. Shackelford and Anne had six children, only two of whom lived to adulthood--Anne Field and Mary Keen.

Early in life Shackelford developed a keen interest in politics. He was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. In November 1909, Shackelford was elected County Judge of Madison County on the Democratic ticket, and took office in January 1910. He was re-elected in 1913. In August 1915, he was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Circuit Judge in the 25th judicial district (composed of Madison, Clark, Powell, and Jessamine counties), He was elected in November of that year. Resigning the office of County judge, he went on the Circuit bench in January 1916. He was re-elected Circuit Judge in 1921, 1927, and in 1933, and had, at the time of his death, served only little more than two years of the last six year term for which had been elected.

In 1931, Judge Shackelford became a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor of Kentucky. However, when it became apparent that the nomination would be won by Ruby Laffoon of Madisonville, he seconded the nomination of his opponent.

Over the years, Shackelford participated in various fraternal, social, and religious organizations. He was a Master Mason in Richmond Lodge No. 25, & A.M. He was elected High Priest twice in Richmond Chapter No. 16, Royal Arch Masons, and elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons, in 1914. Also, he was made a Knight Templar and elected Eminent Commander in Richmond Commandery No. 16. Shackelford s the Exalted Ruler in Richmond Lodge No. 581, B.P.0.E. He also served as ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond from 1915 and was for many years clerk of the session.

Shackelford belonged to many clubs and organizations including the Kentucky Historical Society, Madison County Historical Society, Pendennis Club, Filson Club, Lexington Club, and the Oleika Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Lexington.

Shackelford enjoyed historical and genealogical research. He wrote two books during his lifetime, one on the history of the First Presbyterian Church of Richmond and the other a booklet on the descendants of Colonel George Shackelford.

William Rodes Shackelford died March 7, 1936 of bronchial pneumonia and is interred in the Richmond Cemetery.

Subject/Index Terms

Central University (Richmond, Ky.)
Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903.
Democratic Party (Ky.)
Kentucky--Social life and customs--20th century.

Administrative Information

Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: Blanton, Field (Mrs. Harvey)

Other Note: Photographs were initially numbered with the accession number; however, a decision was made to change to collection number. The database was changed, but the numbers written on the images were not changed.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1838-1964],
[Series 2: Diaries and Address Books, 1888-1930],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1891-1955],
[Series 4: Genealogy Research],
[Series 5: Legal Documents, 1786-1955],
[Series 6: Memorabilia],
[Series 7: News Clippings, 1896-1936],
[Series 8: Photographs, 1890-1934],
[Series 9: Publications, 1833-1945],
[Series 10: Speeches, 1886-1931],
[Series 11: Oversize Materials],
[All]

Series 1: Correspondence, 1838-1964Add to your cart.
The Correspondence Series consists of ten boxes of materials arranged chronologically with special day cards, sympathy cards, and letters on Judge Shackelford's death in 1936 arranged alphabetically at the end of the series. Much of the earlier correspondence consists primarily of letters Shackelford received from his Central University classmates and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers, Richmond acquaintances, and parents. A small portion of the correspondence concerns business matters, but the majority is of a personal nature. Interesting glimpses of Richmond educational, social, and cultural life is found in the correspondence along with discussions on local, state, and national political issues, especially the watershed 1896 presidential election between William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley and the Spanish American War. Correspondence of the 1920s and 1930s is largely between family members when daughters Keen and Field attended college and between the daughters and their college and Richmond friends. Of particular interest is correspondence among family members in 1931 when Judge Shackelford sought the Democratic party gubernatorial nomination. The 1940s correspondence is mostly addressed to Mrs. Shackelford and is of business nature concerning the Shackelford estate. Correspondence of the 1950s and 1960s is primarily that of Dr. Harvey C. Blanton, Field's husband and local physician.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014051146
Folder 1: Correspondence, November 3, 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, January 11, 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1885Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, January - June 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, July - December 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, January - June 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, July - December 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, January - June 1888Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from Augustus Owsley Stanley, Feb 12, 1888Add to your cart.
Governor of KY and U.S. Senator from KY
Folder 10: Correspondence, July - December 1888Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1889Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014051005
Folder 1: Correspondence, January - July 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, August - October 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, November - December 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, January - June 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, July - December 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1894Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from James B. McCreary, May 17, 1894Add to your cart.
Governor of Kentucky and U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Box 3Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050924
Folder 1: Correspondence, January - June 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, July - December 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, January - July 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, August - December 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 5: C.M. Clay Correspondence, 1897-1898Add to your cart.
Letters exchanged between Shackelford and his uncle Cassius M. Clay, in 1897-1898 dealing with Clay's myriad legal problems
Item 1: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Jan 29, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 2: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 1, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 3: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 5, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 4: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 5, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 5: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 5, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 6: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 7, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 7: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 10, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 8: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 28, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 9: C.M. Clay Correspondence, March 8, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 10: C.M. Clay Correspondence, April 10, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 11: C.M. Clay Correspondence, April 12, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 12: C.M. Clay Correspondence, April 26, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 13: C.M. Clay Correspondence, May 3, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 14: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Sept 27, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 15: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Nov 29, 1897Add to your cart.
Item 16: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Jan 13, 1898Add to your cart.
Item 17: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 16, 1898Add to your cart.
Item 18: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 17, 1898Add to your cart.
Item 19: C.M. Clay Correspondence, Feb 22, 1898Add to your cart.
Item 20: C.M. Clay Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 21: C.M. Clay Correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, January - June 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, July - December 1898Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from William Lindsay, February 16, 1898Add to your cart.
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1901Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050932
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1904Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from James B. McCreary, January 18, 1904Add to your cart.
Governor of Kentucky and U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, January - March 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, April - December 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, Undated, 1927Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050940
Folder 1: Correspondence, January - August 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, September - December 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, January - June 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, July - December 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Jan 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Feb 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Mar 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Apr 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, May 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Jun 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Jul 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, Aug 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, Sep 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, October 1 - October 18, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, October 19 - October 31, 1930Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050957
Folder 1: Correspondence, Nov 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Dec 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Jan 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Feb 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Mar 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Apr 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, May 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Jun 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Jul 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Aug 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Sep 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, Oct 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, Nov 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, Dec 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, January - September 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, October - December 1932Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050973
Folder 1: Correspondence, Jan 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Feb 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Mar 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Apr 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, May 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Jun 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, Jul 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Aug 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Sep 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, Oct 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Nov 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, Dec 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, Jan 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, Feb 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, Mar 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, Apr 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, May 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, Jun 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, Jul 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, Aug 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, Sep 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, Oct 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1935Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from Harry W. Nice, January 17, 1935Add to your cart.
Governor of Maryland
Folder 24: Correspondence, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence, 1940 - 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence, 1951 - 1957Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050965
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Undated LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Christmas cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Easter cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Sympathy cards, March, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sympathy Flower cards for W. R. Shackelford's Funeral, March, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sympathy Letters, March 1 - March 11, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from Keen Johnson, March, 1936Add to your cart.
Governor of Kentucky
Item 2: Letter from Keen Johnson, March 7, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 3: Letter from Augustus Owsley Stanley, March 9, 1936Add to your cart.
Governor of KY and U.S. Senator from KY
Folder 9: Sympathy Letters, March 12 - March 31, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter from Albert B. Chandler, 07 March, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 2: Letter from Virgil Chapman, 12 March, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sympathy Letters, April - July 1936Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014050981
Folder 1: Sympathy Telegrams, March, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Valentine CardsAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1838-1964],
[Series 2: Diaries and Address Books, 1888-1930],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1891-1955],
[Series 4: Genealogy Research],
[Series 5: Legal Documents, 1786-1955],
[Series 6: Memorabilia],
[Series 7: News Clippings, 1896-1936],
[Series 8: Photographs, 1890-1934],
[Series 9: Publications, 1833-1945],
[Series 10: Speeches, 1886-1931],
[Series 11: Oversize Materials],
[All]


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