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From: Bob Francis <>
Subject: [KYBOURBO-L] Shane Interview sources
Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2000 18:58:52 -0400
SHANE INTERVIEWS PUBLISHED IN THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY
John D. Shane (born 1812, died 1864), as already stated, interviewed
many pioneers and sons and daughters of pioneers. He kept detailed notes
on each interview. His original notes, as has been frequently mentioned
by us, are in the archives of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
A calendar entry of each is given in the Calendar of The Kentucky Papers
in the Draper Collection of Manuscripts-, prepared by Miss Mabel C.
Weaks, and published in 1925, a volume already referred to. The Filson
Club, so far, has published in full twelve of these interviews, of which
there are several hundred. Many have been quoted from, but as far as we
are aware no one else has ever published any of them in full. Any and
all are worth publishing. Those presented by us were therefore selected
more or less at random. These twelve, like all of Shane's many other
notes on interviews, throw interesting sidelights on early Kentucky and
Kentuckians and give much local color not preserved elsewhere. Shane
will not be fully appreciated until more Kentucky historians dig into
his notes and there find what he has recorded, directly or indirectly,
on the many subjects bearing on pioneer times.
The Kentucky Papers, so-called, in the Draper Collection of Manuscripts
fill thirty-four volumes, but they form a comparatively small part of
the Draper manuscripts that bear on Kentucky and Kentuckians. Each
volume of The Kentucky Papers is designated CC. The number of the volume
precedes the letters CC, the figures that follow indicate the pages.
Practically all of Shane's interviews are in volumes 11 to 17, that is
11CC to 17CC. Photostat copies of these seven volumes are in the
archives of The Filson Club.
We here list the Shane interviews that have been published in full in
The Filson Club History Quarterly. The time of publication is shown,
also an indication is given of the number of pages required for each. In
this list are included a biography of Shane by Ye Secretary and a poem
by Lucien V. Rule:
11 CC 54-66: Reverend John D. Shane's Interview with Pioneer William
Clinkenbeard. By Lucien Beckner. April, 1928, pages 95-128.
Shane, the Western Collector-a Biographical Sketch. By Otto A. Rothert.
(Includes a brief list of Shane material in Draper Collection, Madison,
Wisconsin, and in Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia.)
January, 1930, pages 1-16.
11 CC 253-57: Big Crossing Station Built by Robert Johnson, Recorded in
John D. Shane's Interview with Pioneer Ben. Guthrie. By Mrs. William H.
Coffman. January, 1931, pages 1-15.
11 CC 67-79: John A Shane's Interview with Benjamin Allen, Clark County.
By Lucien Beckner. April, 1931, pages 63-98.
At The Grave of Reverend John D. Shane-Spring Grove Cemetery,
Cincinnati, July 29, 1931. (A poem, seventy lines.) By Lucien V. Rule.
October, 1933, pages 220-222.
11 CC 141-45: John D. Shane's Interview with Ephraim Sandusky. By Lucien
V. Rule. October, 1934, pages 217-228.
12 CC 45-53: Reverend John Dabney Shane's Interview with Mrs. Sarah
Graham of Bath County. By Lucien Beckner. October, 1935, pages 222-241.
11 CC 5-9, 17-18: Reverend John D. Shane's Notes on Interview, in 1844,
with Mrs. Hinds and Patrick Scott of Bourbon County. (A copy of a
recently found photograph of Shane is inserted in this transcription.)
By Lucien Beckner. July, 1936, pages 166-177.
11 CC 133-35: Reverend John D. Shane's Notes on an Interview with Elijah
Foley of Fayette County. By Lucien Beckner. October, 1937, pages
12 CC 127-33: John D. Shane's Notes on an Interview with Jeptha Kemper
of Montgomery County. By Lucien Beckner. July, 1938. Pages 151-161.
11 CC 25-27 (also extracts from 11 CC 41, 11 CC 128-132, 12 CC 42-44):
John A Shane's Interview with Mrs. John McKinney and Her Son
Harvey-Including Data on John McKinney's Fight with a Wildcat. By Otto
A. Rothert. July, 1939, pages 157-166.
11 CC 19-23: John D. Shane Is Interview with Pioneer John Hedge, Bourbon
County. By Otto A. Rothert. July, 1940, pages 176-181.
11 CC 121-125: John D. Shane's Interview with Colonel John Graves of
Fayette County. By Otto A. Rothert. October, 1941, pages 238-247.
11 CC 276-279: John D. Shane's Interview, in 1841, with Mrs. Wilson of
Woodford County. Also a List of Shane Interviews Published in The Filson
Club History Quarterly. By Otto A. Rothert. October, 1942, pages
John D. Shane died February 7, 1864, in Cincinnati, where he was living
at the time and where he kept his collection of books and other
materials bearing on history and literature. In September, 1864, this
collection was sold by the administrator of his estate, A. W.
Williamson. For that purpose a fifty-page pamphlet of lists of items was
Catalogue of an Extensive Collection of Books in Various Departments of
Literature and Science, being the Library of the Late Rev. John A
Shane-which will be sold at auction by S. G. Hubbard, Cincinnati. What
became of the bulk of his library, that is his hundreds of standard
books bearing on history, literature and science, has not yet been
ascertained by us. It is known, however, that his books containing his
manuscript notes on interviews and a few other items were purchased by
Lyman C. Draper who shortly thereafter gave them to the State Historical
Society of Wisconsin. It is also known that the manuscripts, pamphlets
and other documents bearing on church and allied subjects were then
purchased by the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia.
Beginning December, 1930, The Journal of the Department of History of
the Presbyterian Society, Philadelphia, began publishing at irregular
intervals documents from their Shane Collection, that is manuscripts and
pamphlets that had been prepared by others and had been collected by
In the October, 1935, issue of The Register of the Kentucky State
Historical Society, Charles R. Staples, of Lexington, published a
nineteen-page article entitled "New Discoveries Amongst Old Records." He
points out many of the important early Kentucky court records that are
being neglected by local, regional and State historians. He calls
attention to the Shane Collection in the State Historical Society of
Wisconsin and gives a two-page summary of the Shane Collection housed in
the archives of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia. Mr.
Staples' summary of the Philadelphia collection in The Register and our
brief list of the two collections in Wisconsin and Philadelphia
published in the History Quarterly in October, 1929, present a general
outline of the Shane material in those two libraries.
The Filson Club contemplates publishing, in full, each year, one of the
Shane interviews and will be pleased to have suggestions as to which to
select. Furthermore, Ye Editor is gathering material for an extensive
biography of John D. Shane and therefore will be glad to receive or have
his attention called to any published or unpublished data on the life
and works of this neglected collector of material bearing on the early
history of Kentucky.
Bob Francis, 1920A Butner St., Ft. Eustis, VA 23604
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