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00:00:06 - Acquiring Judge Samuel M. Wilson's private collection for the University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: As I said before we turned on the, uh, on the recorder, we had talked, uh, at the end of the last session on collecting and--here in the library, about the gift of, uh, of Judge Wilson...

Segment Synopsis: Thomas D. Clark talks about being made executor of Judge Wilson's will, and Wilson bequeathing his private library to the University of Kentucky. He talks about the limited resources available to process the collection. He talks about evidence Wilson claimed to have concerning the murder of Governor William Goebel.

Keywords: Assassination; Books; Donations; Funding; Gifts; Jacqueline Bull; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Money; Mrs. Wilson; Murder; Personality; Processing; Resources; Will executors; William Goebel; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College benefactors; Library resources.; Private libraries; Universities and colleges--Finance; University of Kentucky. Libraries; Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

00:09:25 - Judge Wilson's collecting interests

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Partial Transcript: Well that, uh, that brought in to, uh, this library a very very valuable assortment of materials.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about the value added to the UK Library's collection through the acquisition of the Wilson Collection. He talks about the subjects of the materials Wilson collected, and his book buying habits.

Keywords: Buying books; Cakes and Ale Club; Copies; Interests; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Library collections; Library materials; Subjects; Topics; Valuable

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Library resources.; Private libraries; Rare books.; University of Kentucky. Libraries; Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

00:16:13 - Judge Wilson's personality

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Partial Transcript: Was he someone that you enjoyed going over and sitting in his living room--

Segment Synopsis: Clark describes Judge Wilson's personality, and talks about his political views. He tells a story about Wilson losing his ability to hear, which resulted in a misunderstanding about local madam Belle Brezing's house. He talks about Wilson almost being nominated to run for governor.

Keywords: Angry; Belle Brezing; Book Thieves Club; Democrats; Discussion; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Governors; Hearing; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Mrs. Wilson; New Deal; Nominations; Personality; Stubborn; Trades

Subjects: Politics and government; Private libraries; Rare books.; Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

00:23:09 - Wilson Collection

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Partial Transcript: The, the, the Wilson Collection comes in four parts.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about the kinds of materials the UK Library received through the acquisition of the Wilson Collection. He talks about the value and importance of these materials for researchers.

Keywords: Books; Collectors; Correspondence; Government documents; John Bradford notes; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Manuscripts; Research libraries; Research projects; Subjects; Topics; Value; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Library resources.; Private libraries; Rare books.; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Libraries; Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

00:27:31 - Wilson Collection's effect on the University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: Now you had been collecting for many years at this point so you must have felt a, a great sense of accomplishment to see the library move in this direction so quickly at this point.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about the quality of the University of Kentucky Library since its beginning, and how it changed through the acquisition of materials like the Wilson Collection. He talks about concerns that the Wilson Collection was not being properly cared for by the UK Library and how he resolved those concerns. He talks about changing the name of the Wilson Library.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Carnegie Library; Collecting; Contributions; Custodianship; Donors; Handling; Jacqueline Bull; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Library collections; M. I. King Library; Maintenance; Margaret I. King; Quality; Separate libraries; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College benefactors; College facilities.; Library resources.; Private libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives; Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

00:35:29 - Processing the Wilson Collection

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Partial Transcript: Um, of course Dr. Bull and her staff struggled with getting the, uh, getting the Wilson Library processed, getting the manuscripts processed.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about the processing of the Wilson Collection and other materials by the staff at the UK Library. He talks about Luther Evans, Librarian of Congress, coming to visit UK.

Keywords: Dedications; Library materials; Library staff; Luther Evans; Manuscript collections; Margaret I. King; Processing; Retirement; State archives; State capitol; State documents; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Library resources.; Private libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:40:11 - Attitudes about library acquisitions / library collectors

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Partial Transcript: But one thing never could get established here, and, and the University of Kentucky is still, uh, remiss.

Segment Synopsis: Clark discusses the attitudes of the university administration and other faculty about the importance of acquisition of materials for the library. He talks about Hambelton "Ham" Tapp, who was put in charge of acquisitions after Clark. He talks about the issues he, President Donovan, and President Dickey had with Tapp. He talks about the next collector, Bennett "Ben" Wall, and the issues he had with library director Lawrence Thompson.

Keywords: Abilities; Acquisitions; Attitudes; Collecting; Collectors; Donations; Dr. Bennett Wall; Dr. Frank Dickey; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. James Tuthill; Duties; Funding; Hambleton Tapp; Lawrence Thompson; Library collections; Margaret I. King; Personality; Problems; Qualifications; Relationships; Research libraries; Support; Travel expenses; University Museum

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; College benefactors; College presidents; College teachers--Workload; Library resources.; Private libraries; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:52:14 - Library Director Lawrence Thompson

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Partial Transcript: Let me, let back up a little bit and, and let's talk for a minute, uh, if you, if you don't mind, about Larry Thompson.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about how Library Director Lawrence Thompson was hired at the University of Kentucky. He talks about Thompson's qualifications and personality, as well as the issues that arose between Thompson and other library staff. He tells a story about Thompson being accused of stealing from a potential donor.

Keywords: "Victorian"; Abilities; Accusations; Acquisitions department; Collecting; Collectors; Distrust; Fieldwork; Intelligence; J. Winston Coleman; Jacqueline Bull; John Fox, Jr. Papers; Lawrence Thompson; Library committee; Louisville (Ky.); Manuscripts; Margaret I. King; Memory; Morris Seay; Offended; Oxmoor Library; Personality; Qualifications; Relationships; Retirement; Safes; Suspects; Theft; Transition period; Vaults

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; Private libraries; Universities and colleges--Administration.; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

01:06:17 - Negotiations to acquire the Alben Barkley Collection

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned earlier about, uh, you and, and Ben Wall going down and picking up the Barkley, uh, Barkley materials, uh, down at Paducah.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about working with Ben Wall to negotiate with the family of Alben Barkley to acquire his political papers for the UK Library. He talks about issues within the family that made the negotiations more difficult. He discusses how the acquisition of this collection made it possible for the library to acquire other important collections.

Keywords: Alben Barkley Papers; Alben Barkley, Jr.; Attention; Barkley family; David Barkley; Dorothy Barkley; Dottie Barkley; Dr. Bennett Wall; Dysentery; Jane Barkley; Justice Stanley Reed; Negotiations; Paducah (Ky.); Political collections; Political papers; Public papers; Publicity; Relationships; Sam Rayburn

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956; Library resources.; Private libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries

01:14:23 - Urey Woodson

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Partial Transcript: On that score, since you mentioned Urey Woodson, I want to, I want to talk about that--

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about Urey Woodson's collection which contained materials concerning the murder of Governor William Goebel, as well as letters to Happy Chandler concerning Woodson's political views.

Keywords: Correspondence; Democrats; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Governor Happy Chandler; Governor William Goebel; Graves; Judge Benton; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Letters; Louisville (Ky.); Mrs. Hamilton; Urey Woodson Papers

Subjects: Library resources.; Politics and government; Private libraries

01:21:14 - David Barkley

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Partial Transcript: I want to take you back just--we just, just about out of time today but uh, uh, on, uh, David Barkley.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about Alben Barkley's son David "Bud" Barkley. He describes Bud's personality, discusses his relationship with his father Alben, and how Alben's marriage to his second wife changed his relationship with his son. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Fathers; Idols; Jane Barkley; Married; Personality; Relationships

Subjects: Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956; Barkley, David M., 1906-1983; Families.