Friday, October 17, 2014

Special Collections Research Center receives Gray Family Collection

Members of the Gray family with Deirdre
Scaggs. Photo credit: Lewis Warden
On October 14, the Special Collections Research Center accepted the gift of the Gray family collection. The collection consists largely of the papers of Lois Howard Gray who was very supportive of the University of Kentucky. The materials document her civic and artistic activities - including her enlistment in the WAVES during World War II - as well the activities of her immediate family, most notably her parents, C.C. Howard and Julia Franklin Howard.

The Howards were prominent residents of Glasgow, Kentucky. C.C. Howard was a World War I veteran and established a tuberculosis hospital in Barren County. The collection also contains expansive family history files, including a significant number of original documents and photographs that date back to the late 18th century. The Howards trace their lineage back to the Mulkey family, who established the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse, the oldest log meetinghouse in Kentucky (built around 1804).

In attendance at the gift ceremony were Franklin, Stephen, Jim (Mayor of Lexington), and Howard Gray, along with UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center faculty and staff.

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