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A.L.M. Wiggins railroad collection, 1948-1973

36.125 linear feet
This collection contains railroad annual reports, correspondence, and board of directors documents. Financial and legal records, department reports, and reference materials are also present. In addition to Louisville and Nashville and Atlantic Coast Line records, there are materials from the Nashville, Chattanooga   St. Louis, the Clinchfield, the Charleston   Western Carolina, the Western Railroad of Alabama, the Georgia Railroad, and the Seaboard Coast Line. The Seaboard Coast Line was formed from the merger of the Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Wiggins was the fourth person to hold the dual positions of chairman of the board of directors of the Atlantic Coast Line and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company since the companies' affiliation in 1902.

AAUP chapter records, 1950-1980

6.25 linear feet
Records of the University of Louisville chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), from 1950 to 1980.

AAUP general office files, 1963-1976

.25 Linear Feet
These collection contains the papers of the A.A.U.P., including the Walter N. Scott case, 1966 and Committee T: reports, minutes, correspondence, and memoranda, 1967-1968, reports on faculty compensation by the Economic Welfare Committee, circa 1976.

AAUP records, 1970-

4.0 linear feet
Records, including minutes, correspondence, reports, salary surveys.

AdCraft Sports videos, 1979-1990

86.25 linear feet
This collection contains films of University of Louisville football and basketball activities from 1979-1990. Also included are the "Sports Pages" program, concerning University of Louisville sports activities. There are video tapes of the Denny Crum show from 1985-1988, "Sports Pages" program, and half-time shows. Much of the content is either 3/4" tape, video cassettes, or 16mm film. Much of the actual film from the sporting events themselves consists of no more than outtakes, which do not record the game action, but are blurred images, snippets of the sidelines, and so forth. Little if any game events are actually recorded on the film.

African-American portraits from the Mann Estate, 1840s - 1890s

148 photographs
Eight cased images; 148 prints; one album; cased image parts. See jacket file for itemization. Miscellaneous cabinet cards and photo postcards, portraits of African-Americans, Louisville studios, prints; tintypes, snapshots, cartes de visite, mounted photo of McHarry house by Klauber Studio.

African Heritage Weekend collection, 1980-1985

0.1 linear feet
Promotional items, correspondence, and minutes documenting Juanita White's service on the committee that planned early Afrikan (African) Heritage Weekends.

Agnes Synder Crume Papers, 1938 - 1946

0.575 linear feet
The papers primarily consist of letters between Agnes Snyder and John Crume, youthful friends who later married. Her letters were written during her student years at the University of Louisville to Crume, who was overseas in the European theater of World War II, and as a foreign service trainee following the war. Other materials include clippings of many stories Agnes Crume wrote as a reporter for the Louisville Courier-journal; personal correspondence of the Crumes, and her father, Herbert Mitchell Snyder; and articles written by Agnes Crume for Louisville magazine.

Alan G. Billings Papers, 1862-1960 (bulk: 1959-1960)

6 items
This group contains four drawings of set designs created by Billings for the Louisville Little Theatre Company and the University of Louisville Players in 1959 and 1960. There are also two playbills, dating from 1862 and 1863, from the Louisville Theatre advertising performances by John Wilkes Booth and Edwin Booth.

Albert "Butch" Celani papers, circa 1993-1994

.25 linear feet
A Pure Jesus t-shirt, posters, flyers, and tape label masters. Many of the posters/flyers are the original artwork. Much of the material relates to Pure Jesus and Grayson Hall. This collection is part of the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) Project.

Albert (Abby) Tschopp 1937 flood photographs and tribute,

12 3.25 x 5 inch snapshots of the 1937 flood in Louisville and one page tribute, "Dedicated to M. A. Tschope," signed The Shamrock Athletic Club, by "Bud Riehl"

Alexander Van Leshout's "Louisvillians and Their Hobbies", 1926

1 volume
This is a collection of loose-leaf black and white caricatures of prominent businessmen of Louisville, Kentucky, by Van Leshout, a Louisville artist and illustrator. Van Leshout, a native of Illinois, came to Louisville to work as an artist for the Louisville Courier-Journal and its sister paper, the Louisville Times, in 1914. He trained as an artist in both the United States and in Europe, and worked for other newspapers prior to moving to Kentucky. Van Leshout left the Courier-Journal and Times in 1921 to head the Louisville School of Art and work part-time for a rival newspaper, the Louisville Herald-Post. He also worked as a music instructor prior to his death in 1930.

Alex Ayers photographs, 1992-1993

85 digital files
84 digitized photographs of bands performing at Louisville venues (Tewligans, Cliffhangers, and The Machine). Bands include local bands such as Endpoint (at Cliffhangers and The Machine), Falling Forward (at The Machine), Step Down ( at The Machine), Enkindel (at The Machine), and Crain (City Lights), and out of town bands such as Avail (at Tewligans), and Voodoo Glow Skulls (at The Machine). This collection is part of the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) project.

Alice Speed Stoll Papers, 1914-1945

.25 linear feet
This small collection of papers was found in an old trunk purchased at an auction or sale and then donated to the University Archives. There was nothing to identify the papers as a whole, but most of the items have some reference to prominent Louisvillians Alice Speed Stoll or her husband Berry Stoll, including correspondence addressed to one or both of them. Alice Speed Stoll was the daughter of William S. Speed, president of the Louisville Cement Company and founder of the Louisville Collegiate School. Berry Stoll was the vice-president of Stoll Oil Refining Company and the son of its president, Charles C. Stoll. The Stolls were in the national news following the much-publicized kidnapping of Mrs. Stoll in October 1934, but nothing in this collection refers to the kidnapping. This incomplete collection dates from 1914-1945, with much of the material undated.

Allan Dittmer papers, 2013-2015

1.25 linear feet
The collection includes manuscript drafts of the book, galley proofs and related records from Volume 3 of Dr. Dittmer's book "The Power of Ideas" about the Grawemeyer Awards.

Allen Allmond papers, 1851-1960

.5 Linear Feet
Includes three notebooks, one relating to the Louisville Commercial Club compiled in 1955-1959; one relating to Marcus Blakely Allmond (1851-1909), a faculty member at Male High School; and one relating to Allmond Avenue in the Beechwood area, correspondence, photographs.

Allene Curry diaries (microfilm), 1938-1992

2 Reels of microfilm
The diaries were begun in 1938 by Curry at age 13. Nearly every notation begins with a word or two about the weather and concludes with a few words about activities of the day. There are reminders of her cherished walks in the woods and of her fishing trips: of her searches through the hills for ginseng; of pie suppers and sleigh rides; of outings with her sons when they were young, and later, with her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. See also oral history interview (1993-048). Curry, a farmer and housewife from Taylor County, Kentucky, began keeping the diaries when she was given a five-year diary as a gift from her great-aunt on her thirteenth birthday. Since then, she has kept an almost daily record of life in rural Kentucky.

Altar boy tintype, circa 1880s

1 tintypes
One tintype, 2 x 2.5 inches, circa 1880s, depicting an altar boy wearing a cassock, seated in a chair.

Altrusa International Relations Committee chapter records, 1967-1976

.25 Linear Feet
Consists of correspondence and other records of the Louisville chapter of Altrusa International, a business and professional women's civic service organization. Altrusa International originated in 1917 in Nashville, Tennessee as the Altrusa Institute. The Louisville chapter was one of the first organized, although it is not clear that the relationship between that early group and the group represented in these materials is a linear one. These materials relate to the activities of the Louisville group, including their support for a school via the Christian Children's Fund, a Christmas tree exhibit, and other activities. In addition, there are some newsletters from the national organization, and photographs from the Christmas tree exhibit.

Aluminum Home Products (Louisville, Kentucky) Sales Books, 1958-1960

1.0 linear foot
John Ward worked as a salesman for the Aluminum Home Products Corporation, manufacturer of aluminum windows, doors, awnings and aluminum siding under the trade name Alhom, from 1958 to 1960. This one linear foot collection contains his sales records, price lists and sample books and provides a portrait of the early history of the aluminum home products business. Also included are forms used for home improvement loans from several banks in the Louisville area.

American Association of University Professors, University of Louisville chapter minutes and files, 1955-1975

.25 Linear Feet
Minutes from the University of Louisville chapter of the AAUP for 1955-1965, 1972 and 1975. Also includes files from Committee T (1967-68) and the Economic Welfare Committee (1975), as well as another file that may relate to a grievance.

American Civil Liberties Union microfilm, 1920-1944

.5 linear feet
One reel of miscellaneous pamphlets of the American Civil Liberties Union. A master negative, 35mm.

American Home Missionary Society papers, 1816-1894 (microfilm), 1816-1894

3 reels of microfilm
The library has the introductory reel and reels 104 and 105, which contain correspondence relating to Kentucky. The reels are part of a microfilm edition of 372 reels. (Microfilm of a manuscript collection in the Amistad Research Center, Dillard University.)

American War Mothers artifacts, 1941-1945

.25 Linear Feet
The materials consist of a cap and an arm band from the American War Mothers organization. They date from the World War II era. History: These items belonged to Katherine Elsler, who served as a local and national president of the organization.

Ann's legacy: the story of a family, 2004

1 Box
A memoir of the descendants of John R. and Ann Hourigan, from their roots in Ireland culminating with life in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky in the 1920’s. This 355 page, spiral-bound manuscript contains a family tree, maps and images. The memoir covers the years 1854-1926 and was written ca. 2004. While this is based largely on fact, there are some fictional characters. Two Courier-Journal newspaper articles written by Doris Batliner were also included. The articles are: "The leprechaun at Macauley's," Courier-Journal, March 17, 2005 and "A defining time of our lives," Courier-Journal, January 28, 2007.

Anne Elizabeth Marshall collection of Macauley's Theatre programs, 1906-1907

.25 Linear Feet
Playbills from Macauley's Theatre in Louisville. The programs include information on the play being presented as well as advertisements.

Anne McCarty Braden papers, bulk 1970s-2006

153.375 Linear Feet
This collection contains 153.375 linear feet of materials related to or collected by Louisville social justice activist Anne Braden from early childhood until her death in 2006. While the collection includes a significant amount of personal materials from Anne and her husband Carl, the bulk of this material relates to their roles as civil rights activists, including its expression in Anne's writings, teaching materials, and correspondence. Also included are materials written about the Bradens. These papers take the form of correspondence, booklets and flyers, manuscripts, syllabi, audio and video tapes, and photographs. Included in the personal materials are scrapbooks, yearbooks, and diaries. The largest series in this collection consists of materials relating to the various organizations that Braden was part of, from the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) and the Carl Braden Memorial Center (which she founded upon her husband's death) to St. George Episcopal Church in Louisville and the Center for Democratic Renewal, among others. Her involvement with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (Kentucky Alliance), which she helped initiate in the late 1970s as a local branch of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice (SOC) are well documented. SOC, founded by Braden after she left SCEF, fought for tenants' rights, environmental justice, labor concerns, and against racism. The Kentucky Alliance had similar concerns, working to combat police brutality and to promote school equality, fair labor, environmental justice and similar issues. The collection also includes subject files on issues and individuals, including topics such as environmental justice, particular legal cases, race and racism, prisoners' rights, education, war and peace. Included as well are printed materials (newsletters, flyers, booklets, buttons, etc.) relating to a similar range of topics. In addition, there are materials written about the Bradens by others, including plays and theses, a variety of audio and video tapes, and several boxes of unidentified photographs. Anne and her husband Carl Braden donated their papers to the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) in the 1950s; a large collection of their papers, including materials in Anne's possession at the time of her death, are thus housed at WHS. Portions of their library were purchased by the College of Arts and Sciences to be housed in the newly formed Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. There are also small Braden collections at the University of Tennessee and the University of Kentucky.

Annie Wilcox glass negatives, circa 1890-1910

24 glass negatives
24 glass plate negatives, 4 x 5 inches. Ten 4 x 5 inch glass negatives. Many if not all the negatives are attributed to Annie Wilcox, of Smithfield KY. Some are signed by the photographer in the emulsion, circa 1890-1910. Various subjects, including portraits, interiors, and Native Americans. File prints.

Annual reports, 1919-1965

1.25 linear feet
The group contains: annual reports from the City Comptroller (1919-1925, 1937); the Department of Finance (1934-1937, 1957-1958, 1965); the Law Department (1936-1937); the City Hospital (1936-1937); the mayor's office (1957); the police department and public safety (1928-1932, 1939-1940); the Department of Public Health (1936-1937, 1973); the Department of Public Welfare (1936, 1942-1948, 1952-1953); the Louisville Water Company (1937, 1976); and a miscellaneous group (1935, 1937, 1965, and 1995).

Anti-busing poster, 1968

1 Item
Poster featuring an image of a school bus with photographs of political leaders pasted into the windows. A caption reads, "Bus politicians/not our children."

Archie Monroe Quarrier letterbooks, 1891-1900

2.5 linear feet
These are four letterbooks of Archie Monroe Quarrier's letters spanning the years 1891 to 1900 during his tenure as second vice president of the Louisville and Nashville (L   N) Railroad. Most of the letters discuss personal and family matters but some letters especially those to his brother Cushman, who was the L   N's controller, mention railroad business. Quarrier, a native of West Virginia, moved to Louisville during his adolescence. He joined the L   N in 1858 and became second vice president for finance in 1884. He held the vice presidency until his death in 1900. He moved to New York City in 1891 when the railroad's corporate headquarters relocated there.

Aron Conaway collection, circa 1990

2.125 linear feet
Collection includes items gathered by Aron Conaway representing Louisville's underground music scene in the 1990's and 2000's, including zines (such as but not limited to: Brat; Burt the Cat; Conquerer Worm; Hard Times; K Composite), fliers, posters, recordings, clippings, and ephemera. Contributors to this collection include Aron Conaway, John King, Mike Harpring, Brian Hall, Jamie Miller, and Nathan Salsburg. This collection is part of the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) project.

Art Center Association of Louisville historical materials, 1935-1970

.25 Linear Feet
Materials collected by Madeline Covi, Dorothy Hodapp and Charlotte Price to write a history of the Art Center Association. The history was published in 1984.

Art Center Association purchase, 1981, 1979-1980

6 photographs
Two gelatin silver prints by Ted Wathen, "Casting off a sailboat, Louisville, Jeff Co. May 1976"; 1 photo-sensitized cloth quilt pattern by Jan Arnow; 1 book containing 9 photo silkscreen prints by Dale Hoffman; 2 hand-colored prints by Michael Dwyer 1980 "Untitled."

Arthur J. Slavin papers, 1960s-1990s

14 linear feet
Arthur J. Slavin is distinguished as a scholar of English history of the Tudor period and, more recently, for his work on the Holocaust. These are papers from the 1960s to the 1990s generated by Slavin in his work as a professor of history, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Justus Bier professor of humanities at the University of Louisville. Slavin also has donated his extensive research collection of 16th-century English history and literature to the University of Louisville Library.

Arthur Keeney papers, 1973-1996

11.25 linear feet
This collection contains office files from Keeney’s time as a faculty member and dean of the University of Louisville Medical School as well as resources from various organizations he was involved in throughout his career. These materials include correspondence, committee minutes, case studies, biographical information, and research notes. Arthur Keeney was a professor of ophthalmology and dean of the University of Louisville Medical School from 1973 to 1980. In 1980 he became Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology. He was born in 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky, and received his MD from the University of Louisville in 1944. He received his doctorate in ophthalmology from the University of Pennsylvania. Keeney died in 1996.

Arthur Kling Papers, circa 1930's-1955

2.376 linear feet
Material in Box 1 deals with the founding and activities of both the ACLU and KCLU. The material is arranged by functions and/ or divisions of material pertaining to any organization, i.e., constitutions, minutes of meetings, financial reports casework, drafts of policy, correspondences, pamphlets, handbooks, press releases and clippings. Box 2 deals with Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) material general civil liberties material, information relating to affairs of blacks and the aged, and miscellaneous newspaper clippings dealing with the political climate of the 30's and 40's mostly in terms of civil liberties and World War II. The organization of said material is the same as in Box 1. Box 3 covers material pertaining to the Socialist Party, Jewish Vocational Service, and YMHA (Young Men's Hebrew Association - now the Jewish Community Center). Again, the arrangement is like that of the previous 2 boxes. There is also a larger box containing miscellaneous posters, some of which pertain to the Socialist Party.

Arthur Younger Ford papers, 1883-1926

.375 Linear Feet
This collection contains the letters, clippings, scrapbooks, speeches, and diaries concerning the life of A.Y. Ford. The collection begins with Ford's student days at Brown University (circa 1883), and covers primarily his work as a Louisville journalist, businessman, and university president. Accession 1998-155 added miscellaneous photographs, printed material, diary pages, and correspondence of Arthur Ford, Salem Ford, and Mrs. Salem Ford. Arthur Younger Ford was the seventh president of the University of Louisville, serving from 1914 to 1926.

Arthur Younger Ford photograph albums, 1876-1983 (bulk 1883-1926)

380 photograph albums
Three 14 x 17 inch albums. Albums I and II contain 309 gelatin silver prints, mostly 8 x 10 inch or slightly smaller, depicting various subjects in Kentucky, circa 1900-1910. Various photographers. Album III contains 70 gelatin silver prints taken at Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, 1904. Item count is approximate. The Arthur Y. Ford albums include photographs of Kentucky scenes captured at the turn of the 20th century. The albums were assembled in 1904 for display in the Kentucky Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. After the exposition, also known as the St. Louis World's Fair, the albums remained in the hands of Ford, chairman of the Kentucky committee for the fair. The family of Arthur Y. Ford, who served as president of the University of Louisville from 1914 through 1926, donated the albums in 1970. The 313 photographs from the first two albums are of Kentucky scenes from the Appalachian, Bluegrass, and western portions of the state. The third album contained photographs of the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, including views of the Kentucky Building and exhibits. The photographs contained in the albums are all silver gelatin prints. Most depict rural scenes, emphasizing people in front of their homes, at work farming, including hemp production, or engaged in craft work, such as broom making, weaving, and carving. The images depict a wide range of Kentuckians, from wealthy thoroughbred owners to poor country people and belie the usual stereotypes of rural Kentucky and Appalachia. Ford's papers contain his letters, clippings, scrapbooks, speeches, and diaries, beginning with his student days at Brown University, ca. 1883. Most of the material relates to his work as a Louisville journalist, businessman, and university president. Also included in the collection are miscellaneous photographs, printed material, diary pages, and correspondence of one son, Salem, and his wife. The university archives also houses the papers of Salem Ford (1896-1976) who attended the University of Louisville. These papers document Salem Ford's interests at Louisville Male High School and at University of Louisville

Arts project survey report (Louisville) and related materials, 1938

0.2 linear feet
Typescript of the American Association of University Women's Arts Project Survey report for Louisville and the report of the chairman of the AAUW Arts Committee on the community arts survey. The survey report details the state of the arts in Louisville, providing information on general community attitudes, traditions, and participation in the arts as well arts institutions such as the "Little Symphony," and amateur writers groups. "The Seven Arts" as practiced in Louisville are described in considerable detail, including the number of people making a living from their work as architects, sculpture, music, literature, theater, dance, and painting. The report describes the architecture of the area, and includes 12 pages of black and white photographs of Louisville's "most admired buildings" and other examplars, including the University of Louisville Administration Building, the Jefferson County Courthouse, and the Southern Deposit Bank Building. Researchers are asked to use the photocopy provided with this collection, rather than the original, for preservation purposes. The Report of the Chairman gives an overall sense of the surveys and interprets the data they returned.

Asa Gray letters [microfilm], 1835-1862

1 reel of microfilm
Gray was born in Sauquoit, N.Y. in 1810 and educated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Fairfield (Ph.D., 1831). He taught at Utica Gymnasium, 1832-1834; Hamilton College, 1834; University of Michigan, 1838-1842; and Harvard University, 1842-1873. Gray established systematic botany at Harvard; his herbarium became the nucleus of the Gray Herbarium at Harvard; and he also wrote several botanical textbooks such as Manual of the Botany of the northern United States. In 1848 Gray married Jane Loring who accompanied him on most of his travels and chronicled them in her letters to her family. After Gray's death in 1888 she prepared an edition of his letters which was published in 1893. Series of the papers of Asa Gray, Harvard University Libraries.; Microfilm; Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University. 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm.

Associated Cooperage Industries of America records, 1900-1975

25.75 linear feet
The collection includes correspondence, reports, and reference materials generated or compiled by the association. There are also many photographs, primarily created in the 1930s but including some produced in the following decades. These images include prints of fish and furniture packed in barrels and the filling of barrels in distilleries. In addition to the printed photographs, the collection contains 1760 photographic slides depicting barrel-making and associated subjects as well as two films. A nearly complete run of the industry's monthly publication The Wooden Barrel, dating from 1932 to 1974, is also present. Other printed material includes the association's weekly bulletin and miscellaneous booklets and pamphlets. Scrapbooks comprise the final series of the collection.

Association of the Louisville Orchestra, 1984-2014

1.25 Linear Feet
Collection relates to the history and work of the Association of the Louisville Orchestra (ALO), formerly known as the Women's Association of the Louisville Orchestra. The ALO's mission is to assist in bringing the Louisville Orchestra to the attention of the community, broaden its base of support, promote greater interest in symphonic music, and to further music appreciation and education in the Louisville Community. The collection materials reflect this mission and include scrapbooks compiled by Betty Arrasmith, organizational files, board minutes, clippings, and pamphlets.

Athletes professional and college trading cards, 1970s

.25 Linear Feet
Sixty-six sports cards featuring former University of Louisville student athletes.

Athletics Department football game films, circa 1950-1975

25.75 linear feet
Game films from University of Louisville football games. These films were shot for coaching purposes rather than for broadcast.

August 2009 flood collection, 2009

1242 computer files
1228 Digital images and 14 digital videos of the flood experienced in Louisville on August 4, 2009, donated by members of the community to document the event. Many of the images are from the campus of the University of Louisville and the surrounding area, although the Beechmont, Chickasaw, and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods are also represented. This collection also includes a small number of pictures of the ice storm of January 2009 and the wind storm of September 2008. A selection of flood-related items (210 still images and 3 videos) have been made available via the University Libraries' Digital Collections. The University of Louisville Libraries also entered into a partnership with Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive, to preserve web-based content relating to the flood. This archive, which includes mainstream media as well as social network content, can be accessed at

Auguste Rodin post mortem photograph by Lockman, 1917

1 gelatin silver prints
One gelatin silver print post-mortem portrait of Auguste Rodin by Lockman.

August Fussenegger notebook [microfilm], 1879-1901

1 reel of microfilm
This microfilm copy of a notebook kept by Swiss immigrant August Fussenegger from 1879 to 1901 provides access to a notebook still in private hands. The notebook records details of the chronology of Fussenegger's passage to the United States, his poetry and philosophy, notes relating to fellow soldiers and military equipment during Fussenegger's army service, and incidental family information. Although there are occasional English entries, most of the notebook is written in Fussenegger's native Swiss-German dialect. Fussenegger was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1856, immigrating to the United States in 1875. Four years later he enlisted in the U.S. Army's Seventeenth Infantry Regiment, serving two years before deserting. He later enlisted in the Seventh Cavalry C Troop under the alias of August Finder. His service occurred in Dakota Territory and Wyoming. Following his discharge in 1886, Fussenegger became a stonecutter in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and helped construct the St. Meinrad Abbey Chapel. In 1892 Fussenegger moved to Louisville where he opened a saloon and grocery at 317 South Nineteenth Street. He was employed as a clerk in a milk depot prior to his death in 1903.

Austin Middleton textbook and student notebooks, circa 1912-1915

.5 Linear Feet
The notebooks are from Middleton's student days at Johns Hopkins University; the text, College Biology, vol. I and II, is a college biology textbook written for a course taught at the University of Louisville. Middleton received his doctorate in biology at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the faculty of the University of Louisville in 1916 and established the university's first formal biology department.

Auzman Propaganda, Man compact disc, 2014

1 compact disc
"Greatest Hits vol. 3   4" by Auzman Propaganda, Man (CD). The donor cites the 1990s Louisville music scene as a major influence. This item is part of the Louisville Underground Music Archives (LUMA) Project.

Avery Insurance, Inc. Records, 1889-1948

9.75 linear feet
The records date from 1889 to 1948 and occupy 9.75 linear feet. Account ledgers and packets of correspondence created by the Avery Insurance Company (under a number of different names) were discovered on the otherwise empty second floor of the building at 515 West Market that housed Avery Savings   Loan Association until demolition in August 1980. The insurance company had occupied that site from 1924 to 1966. Both companies were offshoots of B. F. Avery   Sons, one of the foremost manufacturers of plows and other farm implements in the United States. Accounting records in various formats from 1889 to 1936 comprise the first series. There are no years for which some kind of account has not survived. The decision to keep the cash books (which are summarized elsewhere) was made because they neatly bracket the Stock Market Crash and document some of the effects of the Depression on an important Louisville insurance company's clients. Among the policyholders ledger cards retained in the sample are the Avery Building   Loan and B. F. Avery   Sons records for 1922 to 1942. Earlier accounts also include these major clients. The correspondence series consists of two subseries. Documenting some of the company's activities in the 1930s are 2.5 linear feet of correspondence of W.H. Williamson, the Kentucky agent for one of Avery's important insurance companies, Caledonian of Scotland. Williamson traveled the state from a base in the Avery office, but his salary was paid by Caledonian. Another 2.5 feet of general correspondence (mostly with Caledonian, Sun, London, Queen and a few other companies whose policies Avery sold) sheds light on the activities of the company in the 1940s.

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