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Shackelford Family Papers

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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 8: Photographs, 1890-1934Add to your cart.
The Photograph Series, consists of one box of photographs of various sizes. Most of the photographs are undated and unlabeled.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057200
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Unidentified Historic HomeAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Blue Grass Champions, Football, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 3-30: Photo AlbumAdd to your cart.
Images 3-30 are all in a photo album. None of the people in the images are identified.
Item 32: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 33: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 34: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 35: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 36: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 37: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 38: Unidentified babyAdd to your cart.
Printed on postcard paper
Item 39: Annesley BuildingAdd to your cart.
Item 40: Unidentified field with fence and two peopleAdd to your cart.
Item 41: Trains and train trackAdd to your cart.
Item 42: Unidentified location that includes tents in the backgroundAdd to your cart.
Item 43: Two women in a carAdd to your cart.
Item 44: Unidentified children sitting on a lawnAdd to your cart.
Item 45: Landscape covered in snowAdd to your cart.
Item 46: Boat on a riverAdd to your cart.
Item 47: Matching couch and chair outsideAdd to your cart.
Item 48: Unidentified historic buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 49: Unidentified riverAdd to your cart.
Item 50: Unidentified riverAdd to your cart.
Item 51: Matching couch and chair outsideAdd to your cart.
Item 52: Machinery next to train tracksAdd to your cart.
Item 53: Statue of man on horse in New Orleans, LouisianaAdd to your cart.
Item 54: Unidentified group of young girls outside, 1927Add to your cart.
Names on back of photo
Item 55: Unidentified group of young girls standing outside, 1927Add to your cart.
Item 56: Hustling Cash StoreAdd to your cart.
People standing along street, next to Hustling Cash Store on First Street in Richmond, KY. Some are carrying signs.
Item 57: Boat in unidentified riverAdd to your cart.
Item 58: Baby standing in front of a carAdd to your cart.
Item 59: Unidentified group of girls standing outsideAdd to your cart.
Item 60: Unidentified girl with pogo stickAdd to your cart.
Item 61: Unidentified group of people on porchAdd to your cart.
Item 62: Unidentified woman posing in front of houseAdd to your cart.
Item 63: Unidentified woman in a fieldAdd to your cart.
Item 64: Unidentified woman standing in front of a buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 65: Unidentified woman wearing a fur coatAdd to your cart.
Item 66: Unidentified person with large hatAdd to your cart.
Item 67: Unidentified person outsideAdd to your cart.
Item 68: Close-up of unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 69: Unidentified woman with large hatAdd to your cart.
Item 70: Group of people sitting outside of a buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 71: Group of girls standing outside of a carAdd to your cart.
Item 72: Young girl playing the ukelele, pretending to smoke a cigaretteAdd to your cart.
Item 73: Young girl playing the ukelele, pretending to smoke a cigaretteAdd to your cart.
Item 74: Two girls with a bike and a pogo stickAdd to your cart.
Item 75: Girl standing outside of a historic buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 76: Woman standing outsideAdd to your cart.
Item 77: Girl with mitts, standing with carriage in front of houseAdd to your cart.
Item 78: Group of children outside of a buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 79: Group of unidentified people out in a fieldAdd to your cart.
Item 80: Girl in front of treeAdd to your cart.
Item 81: Group of people in front of a treeAdd to your cart.
Item 82: Two people riding a bikeAdd to your cart.
Item 83: Girl in coat standing outside of a buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 84: Unidentified group in a fieldAdd to your cart.
Item 85: Unidentified group in front of a treeAdd to your cart.
Item 86: Two unidentified girlsAdd to your cart.
Item 87: Group of children with two bikesAdd to your cart.
Item 88: Unidentified girl riding a bikeAdd to your cart.
Item 89: Unidentified girlAdd to your cart.
Item 90: Unidentified girlAdd to your cart.
Item 91: Man and woman with hat sitting on a porch, 1898 Aug 15Add to your cart.
Writing on photo- "I was born under a lucky star"
Item 92: Group of people on a porch, 1898 Aug 15Add to your cart.
Item 93: Sally sitting on the grass, 1926Add to your cart.
Item 94: Unidentified girl wearing a hat next to a porchAdd to your cart.
Part of a photo collage
Item 95: Baby standing on road in front of houseAdd to your cart.
Part of a photo collage
Item 96: Unidentified girl standing in front of treeAdd to your cart.
Part of a photo collage
Item 97: Franklin D. RooseveltAdd to your cart.
Item 98: Girl holding baby in a fieldAdd to your cart.
Item 99: Woman standing in a fieldAdd to your cart.
Item 100-101: Susie Miller, 1913 Jul 26Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Printed on postcard paper
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 102: Unidentified baby at the oceanAdd to your cart.
Item 103: Unidentified baby with coat and hat onAdd to your cart.
Item 104: Baby on the porch with a dogAdd to your cart.
Item 105: Woman standing in front of a porch and stairsAdd to your cart.
Item 106: Unidentified baby on chairAdd to your cart.
Item 107: Unidentified group in front of rocksAdd to your cart.
Item 108: Unidentified baby on stoolAdd to your cart.
Item 109: Unidentified ManAdd to your cart.
Item 110: Unidentified ManAdd to your cart.
Item 111: Unidentified man playing the fiddle outside a houseAdd to your cart.
Item 112: Unidentified woman holding baby in bushes of flowersAdd to your cart.
Item 113: Unidentified group of people standing outside of housesAdd to your cart.
Item 114: Aunt Maud and boy outside of houseAdd to your cart.
Item 115: Boy on horseAdd to your cart.
Item 116: William M. IrvineAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 117: Unidentified ManAdd to your cart.
Writing on back of photo
Item 118: Unidentified man sitting in rocking chair next to a fireplaceAdd to your cart.
Item 119: Unidentified babyAdd to your cart.
Item 120: Unidentified baby standing next to chairAdd to your cart.
Item 121: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 122: Unidentified woman with broomAdd to your cart.
Item 123: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 124: Unidentified woman in swimsuitAdd to your cart.
Item 125: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 126: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 127: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 128: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 129: Three unidentified womenAdd to your cart.
Item 130: Unidentified women, one in overallsAdd to your cart.
Item 131: Unidentified woman in overallsAdd to your cart.
Item 132: Two unidentified women in dressesAdd to your cart.
Item 133: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 134: Unidentified woman sitting on building's stairsAdd to your cart.
Item 135: Unidentified woman posing in front of housesAdd to your cart.
Item 136: Woman smoking a cigaretteAdd to your cart.
Item 137: Person on a horse in front of a houseAdd to your cart.
Item 138: Person on a horse in front of a houseAdd to your cart.
Item 139: Woman smoking a cigarette playing the ukeleleAdd to your cart.
Item 140: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 141: Unidentified woman and babyAdd to your cart.
Item 142: Group of children laying on the lawnAdd to your cart.
Item 143: Two children on the stairs of a buildingAdd to your cart.
Item 144: Woman with two kids and a fanAdd to your cart.
Item 145: Young child and baby in baby carriageAdd to your cart.
Item 146: Annabell and her cousins Ben and Fayette FlyAdd to your cart.
Item 147: Unidentified group outsideAdd to your cart.
Item 148: Unidentified group of womenAdd to your cart.
Item 149: Unidentified man and womanAdd to your cart.
Item 150: Woman with babyAdd to your cart.
Item 151: Unidentified group of children in a playAdd to your cart.
Item 152: Unidentified group of children in a playAdd to your cart.
Item 153: Unidentified group of children in a playAdd to your cart.
Item 154: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 155: Cassius Clay Shackelford, 9 1/2 months oldAdd to your cart.
Item 156: Two men on horses in front of a houseAdd to your cart.
Item 157: Unidentified group swimmingAdd to your cart.
Item 158: Three girls in swimsuitsAdd to your cart.
Item 159: Girls posing with their feet togetherAdd to your cart.
Item 160: Unidentified man and womanAdd to your cart.
Item 161: Unidentified womenAdd to your cart.
Item 162: Two boys in swimsuitsAdd to your cart.
Item 163: Two girls in swimsuitsAdd to your cart.
Item 164: Unidentified group of womenAdd to your cart.
Item 165: Unidentified group of people sitting under treeAdd to your cart.
Item 166: Unidentified portrait of a manAdd to your cart.
Item 167: Unidentified portrait of a manAdd to your cart.
Item 168: Unidentified portrait of a manAdd to your cart.
Item 169: Unidentified portrait of a manAdd to your cart.
Item 170: Unidentified girl with ukeleleAdd to your cart.
Item 171: Molly Gloster and M.K.S.Add to your cart.
Item 172: Unidentified ManAdd to your cart.
Item 173: Two women in a carAdd to your cart.
Item 174: Anne Shackelford, 11 1/2 months oldAdd to your cart.
Item 175: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 176: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 177: Unidentified men with bowler hats and pipes, 1890 Feb 10Add to your cart.
Item 178: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 179: Unidentified girl playing the ukelele and pretending to smoke a cigaretteAdd to your cart.
Item 180: Unidentified girl pretending to smoke a cigaretteAdd to your cart.
Item 181: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 182: Unidentified womanAdd to your cart.
Item 183: Unidentified Shackelford daughterAdd to your cart.
Item 184: Green ClayAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Also includes two letters; The picture itself is just a copy.
Item 185: Unidentified ManAdd to your cart.
Item 186: Unidentified ManAdd to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 31: C.M. Clay Jr.Add to your cart.
Includes a matching plate.

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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