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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 56. Letters compose the major portion of this collection, and they are chiefly the correspondence of Susan Phillips (Mrs. Thomas), 1837-1843 (10 items); Thomas Phillips, 1838-1840 (3), and Mary Jane (Phillips) Reeves McReynolds, 1838-1857 (16). In addition, there are letters to Ellen Reeves, 1856?-1858 (5); receipts of G.E. Phillips, 1837-1839 (6); letters to John Oliver McReynolds; and miscellaneous papers, 1829-1860 (10). The correspondence, 1945 (17), between Mary T. Moore, librarian of the Kentucky Library and Justice McReynolds, co-donor of the collection, is included. Also, there are four manuscript booklets: recipes for food and medicines, recipes for making dyes, an autograph album of Mary Jane Reeves, 1836-1846, and one entitled, “scraps of history and the sayings of great men selected by Mary Jane Phillips in the 15th and 16th years of her age.” Biographical and genealogical materials (holographic, typescript, and photocopy) are included. Also of interest is a photocopy of questions answered by Kentucky Senator John Edwards before the Democratic Society of Washington, D.C., about the free navigation of the Mississippi River in 1794. The original is in The Library of Congress.


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