- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The personal writings of the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky are being released in pieces as the university nears its sesquicentennial next year.

Virginia Clay McClure’s diary covers her junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky, now UK, from 1910 to 1912. She received an AB degree in 1912 and a master’s degree in 1928, also from UK. Eventually she took off 2 ½ years from teaching to complete her doctorate.

She said her department chairman didn’t want a woman to earn a doctorate but she did so anyway in 1934, in American history.

After receiving her AB, she taught at Middlesboro, Paducah and Cynthiana, then returned to Lexington and taught in Fayette County schools.

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center.

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