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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 11: Oversize MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014052888
Folder 1: Genealogy RecordsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Anne Louise Clay Family Tree.Add to your cart.
Item 2: William Rodes Shackelford Family Tree.Add to your cart.
Item 3: William Rodes Shackelford Family Tree.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Legal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Treasury Warrant No. 18708, January 4, 1786Add to your cart.
For 11,646 acres in Fayette County, Kentucky on the north bank of the Kentucky River to P.D. Roberts, assignee of Michael O. Ryan. Signed by Patrick Henry.
Folder 3: Awards and CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Certificate of Membership, April 23, 1898Add to your cart.
Blue Licks Monumental Association
Alternate Format: 8 x 10
Item 2: Certificate of Appointment, November 21, 1904Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford representative to Grand Commandery of Kentucky, given by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Louisiana
Alternate Format: 14 x 17.
Item 3: Certificate of Appointment, January 3, 1905Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford representative to Grand Council of the State of Kentucky for the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of California
Alternate Format: 10 x 16
Item 4: Certificate of Membership, January 26, 1907Add to your cart.
Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of Mystic Shrine
Alternate Format: 10 x 14.
Item 5: Certificate of Appointment, December 3, 1909Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford representative to Grand Chapter of Kentucky for the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of RI
Alternate Format: 13 1/2 x 17
Item 6: Certificate of Appointment, August 14, 1912Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate of Kentucky to the National Association of Probate Judges
Alternate Format: 10 x 16
Item 7: Certificate of Appointment, 01 December, 1912Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the California Miner's Association Convention
Alternate Format: 8 x 11
Item 8: Certificate of Appointment, November 27, 1912Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to National Convention of the American Road Builders Association
Alternate Format: 10 x 13
Item 9: Certificate of Appointment, July 28, 1913Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the International Dry-Farming Congress
Alternate Format: 10 x 13.
Item 10: Certificate of Appointment, August 11, 1913Add to your cart.
William R. Shackelford a delegate to the Third American Road Congress
Alternate Format: 10 x 13
Item 11: Certificate of Appointment, September 15, 1913Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the International Dry-Farming Congress
Alternate Format: 5 x 11.
Item 12: Certificate of Appointment, September 7, 1914Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the Fourth American Road Congress
Alternate Format: 10 x 13.
Item 13: Certificate of Appointment, May 6, 1915Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the World Court Congress
Alternate Format: 10 x 13
Item 14: Certificate of Appointment, August 22, 1925Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the American Prison Association
Alternate Format: 10 x 13
Item 15: Bible Study Certificate, April 12, 1926Add to your cart.
Mary Keen Shackelford
Alternate Format: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Item 16: Certificate of Appointment, April 26, 1927Add to your cart.
W. R. Shackelford a delegate to the United States Good Road Convention
Item 17: Science Hill Diploma, June 11, 1929Add to your cart.
Anne Field Shackelford
Alternate Format: 14 x 17
Folder 4: MapsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Interborough Rapid Transit Company map of New York CityAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Map of Fayette County, Kentucky, 1912Add to your cart.
Item 3: Aerial photo map of Natchitoches Quadrant, LA, 1941Add to your cart.
Grid Zone D, Sheet 4 of 36
Item 4: Aerial photo map of Natchitoches Quadrant, LA, 1941Add to your cart.
Grid Zone D, Sheet 29 of 36
Folder 5: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Judicial Court, ca 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 6: PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Birthday Dinner for President Roosevelt, May 9, 1934Add to your cart.
At the Hotel Shoreham in Washington, DC.

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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