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  1. Book Notes – The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

    Book Notes – The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

    The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Edited by: Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin. (2015. Pp. 596. $49.95. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6065-8. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is the first encyclopedia to record the history of African American Kentuckians and their biographies, events, and locations of interest in one package. The more than 595 pages of biographies, events, organizations and historical records are all well documented, complete with footnotes at the end of each entry. One thing you should notice about this resource is that there are many contributing...

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  2. Collections Corner: Chinn Family Genealogy Collection

    Collections Corner: Chinn Family Genealogy Collection

    Hazel Chinn Besserer compiled this Chinn family research collection between 1970 and 1985, and contributed to published information on the Chinn family.  As part of her research, she traced her line back through Kentucky to Cabell Breckinridge Chinn (1823-1862), named after one of his father’s legal clients, Joseph Cabell Breckinridge of Kentucky. The collection, MSS 200, is housed in 15 boxes, and consists of family group sheets, copies of source material, correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, burial information and bible records for Chinn and related family members throughout the United States. Researchers interested in accessing this collection can see the...

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  3. Collections Corner: Jeroline Ann Baker genealogy collection

    Collections Corner: Jeroline Ann Baker genealogy collection

    Jeroline Baker (1932-2007) was born June 25, 1932, in Paris, Kentucky, the daughter of Ida Mae Lacefield Baker and Emmit Baker.  Ms. Baker graduated from Frankfort High School in 1950 and held undergraduate degrees from Cumberland and Georgetown Colleges, a Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD. in Education from North Texas State University.  She taught in public schools in Lexington and Paducah and later became a professor at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas for 27 years.  After her retirement and return to Kentucky, Ms. Baker became an avid genealogist and amassed a large research...

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  4. Collections Corner: The Mary Wheeler Collection @ McCracken County Public Library

    Collections Corner: The Mary Wheeler Collection @ McCracken County Public Library

    By: Nathan Blake Lynn, McCracken County Public Library The McCracken County Public Library is thrilled to unveil the Mary Wheeler Collection, an original, private collection of scrapbooks, letters, manuscripts, theses, photographs, and awards that commemorate the life and work of American musicologist Mary Wheeler. The Mary Wheeler Collection is housed in the McCracken County Public Library’s Special Collections and provides patrons and researchers with a glimpse into the life and times of Mary Wheeler and her study of the lives and music of the roustabouts, the men and women who lived and worked along the rivers during the Riverboat Packet...

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