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The microfilmed materials described below are available for sale from the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center. For information on pricing, please contact us.

cover of Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Papers of Louis D. Brandeis at the University of Louisville

Louis Dembitz Brandeis, 1856-1941; Attorney, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, educated at Harvard Law School, practiced in Boston. He was a legal pioneer in government regulation, labor law and social welfare causes, known as the "people's attorney." Author of the Brandeis Brief, he became the first Jewish member of the Supreme Court, his nomination in 1916 bitterly fought by the many he had opposed across the bar. While on the court, he was coupled with Holmes, Stone, and Cardoza to symbolize the liberal tradition. An ardent Zionist, he visited Palestine in 1919 and kept in close touch with Palestinian affairs.

The microfilm edition contains over 250,000 items including correspondence with Felix Frankfurter, Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln and Edward Filene, Amos and Gifford Pinchot; drafts of speeches, articles and bills for legislation; newly acquired legal files which reveal his role as an estate and trust attorney, sample law firm financial records, legal diaries, and substantial material on the Justice's personal finances, as well as his commitment to progressive causes.

Filmed under a grant from the National Publications and Records Commission, Washington, D.C. 20408.

The Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Papers of Louis D. Brandeis at the University of Louisville: This guide includes an introduction to the Papers, a chronology of Brandeis's life as reflected in the papers, a history of the papers at the University of Louisville, and general editorial comment. It is an essential tool for research in the papers, since their arrangement is basically topical. The series description for each of the ten series in the papers introduces the broad topical categories and describes their peculiarities. The narrative reel notes indicate major correspondents and the subject matter contained on the microfilm roll. A name index, compiled from the reel notes and not intended to be inclusive, is found at the end of the 108-page guide. Guide is free with orders of four or more reels.

Extent: 184 reels

The collection is divided into ten series:

  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, 1881-1927, Reels 1-46
  • Supreme Court, 1907-1938, Reels 46-54
  • Savings Bank Life Insurance, 1905-1906, 1929-1938, Reels 54-58
  • World War, 1916-1920, 1926, Reels 58-62
  • Government, 1916, 1924-1937, Reels 62-68
  • Zionism/Palestine, 1905, 1913-1938, Reels 68-111
  • Miscellaneous, 1810, 1844-1939, Reels 111-118
  • Clipping Scrapbooks, Reels 118-139
  • Addendum, 1871-1941, 1956-1976, Reels 139-145
  • Warren & Brandeis, 1881-1947, Reels 145-184
Dogs playing musical instruments, from a manuscript

The Ricasoli Collection is one of the world's most important library holdings for the study of eighteenth century Italian composers. Research into the work of these composers has often been difficult because of the lean and scattered resources. The Ricasoli Collection provides scholars a varied collection of manuscripts for in-depth studies in this area. This extraordinary collection was originally compiled between 1730 and 1860 by the Ricasoli family, a wealthy Italian family connected to the Tuscan wine industry, and includes many unique holdings by Florentine composers. This microfilm edition also contains the works of well-known composers including Mozart, Haydn, Handel, and Cherubini. The collection includes operas, concertos, oratorios, ballet music, sonatas for keyboard and violin, and other instrumental music. This collection of eighteenth century Italian composers can provide your library with invaluable resources on the works written by Florentine composers of the late 1700s, much of it unstudied and unknown. The Ricasoli Collection satisfies the increasing demands for information on the background of Italian music in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Ricasoli Collection: Guide to the Microfilm Edition is provided with each order. It includes a reel guide summary and main entry index. The collection has been catalogued under two series: Musica Profana and Musica Sacra. The collection is organized alphabetically by composer in both series.

Extent: 38 reels (1-20, Profana; 21-38, Sacra)

Kentucky politican lawyer, and Associate Justice of the Unites States Supreme Court, known for his opposition to legal segregation and lone dissent in Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896). This collection includes correspondence, family business and law firm records, family and political scrapbooks, case records, and opinions.

Extent: 14 reels

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The Louisville Anzeiger is one of the most important sources available for understanding German-American life in the 19th century. Covering the period between 1848 and the beginning of World War II, the Louisville Anzeiger provided a window to the outside world for the Ohio Valley's German community. Providing a picture of the diversity of ethnic Germans in the U.S., the Louisville Anzeiger chornicles the lifestyle and culture of German immigrants in the Ohio Valley and their efforts to sustain their ethnic background and culture. The Louisville Anzeiger is of unique documentary value and an indispensable tool for studying the news events of Germany from a German-American perspective, as well as 19th and 20th century social and political history. As a significant part of Kentucky and Amerian history, this unique source examines this region as one of the flash points of the Know-Nothing Party's campaign to drive immigrants from America, the German-American response to the Civil War, and reaction to anti-German sentiment during World War I. The Louisville Anzeiger's 90 year life satisfied the demand of the German population for news from their homeland. These newspapers were selected for filming beause of their outstanding historical significance and their fragility.

A comprehensive inventory of the collection allows the researcher to locate any issue of the microfilm edition. The Anzeiger Collection: Guide to the Microfilm Edition is provided with each order. It includes a reel guide summary and a list of issues filmed at the beginning of each reel.

Extent: 173 reels

The Kentucky Irish American newspaper is an essential source for understanding Irish-American life in the U.S. Spanning the years 1898 to 1968, the Irish American gives vitality to the Irish immigrant experience and provides a vivid picture of late 19th and 20th century social and political history. This newspaper documents local, regional, national, and old country news from an Irish-American perspective. The articles, editorials, advertisements, and special features afford a week-to-week view of Hibernian developments and opinions. The Kentucky Irish American provides detailed primary data on the efforts of this region's Irish community to sustain its culture and heritage. This historic newspaper is a researcher's banquet table. Hard-hitting journalistic opinion was the Kentucky Irish American's trademark. During its earliest decades the newspaper retained vibrant linkages with the "Ole Sod." The Centennial of the 1798 Irish uprising against the British was celebrated, the tail of the British lion was regularly tweaked on issues like Irish famine and home rule, and the state power elite, regardless of party, was poked by the editor's sharp pen. Though never an official Catholic newspaper, the Irish American in its last decades became an outspoken voice against racial segregation and intolerance. This virtually complete run of newspapers was filmed because of its stellar historical significance and physical fragility.

Extent: 16 reels

A weekly Black newspaper published in Louisville from 1917 to 1950. In 1926, the paper had a circulation of 20,000 and correspondents in other Kentucky towns including Lexington, Hopkinsville, Paducah, Bowling Green, and Barbourville reported local events and personal interest stories. Owned and edited by I. Willis Cole (1887-1950), the Louisville Leader provides a rich source on the history of Black journalism as well as local and national Black history.

Extent: 7 reels

The Courier-Journal Index can provide your library with an indispensable research tool by providing immediate access to all subject headings in Kentucky's leading daily newspaper from 1917 to 1986. This index to the Courier-Journal was created and maintained by the staff of the Kentucky Division of the Louisville Free Public Library. The index to state and local items includes approximately 100,000 cards and over one million separate entries arranged alphabetically by subject with information to direct the researcher to the appropriate newspaper page and column. This subject index will serve as an invaluable reference aid to a major national newspaper.

Extent: 61 reels

A pioneer southern line, the L&N Railroad is now part of CSX. These microfilmed records include minute books of the board of directors, annual reports, company histories, an index to the L & N company magazine, and other historical material of the L & N, its subsidiary companies, and more than 100 railroads it absorbed. (Access to minutes of the directors less than fifty years old must be obtained in writing from the company's Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer.)

Extent: 58 reels

Chartered by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1873 as an agency of the General Association of Colored Baptists in Kentucky, the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute opened in Louisville six years later. The name changed to State University in 1884, to Simmons University in 1919, and to Simmons Bible College in 1930. From the l880s through the l920s, the school operated a model department, a normal department, and an academic department, and offered industrial, commercial, law, medical, and theological courses. These records are sources not only on the history of the school but also the history of the General Association (minutes and publications of the Association are included); the history of Black Baptists in Kentucky; Black education in Kentucky during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and the history of Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky.

Extent: 4 reels

This complete fifty-one volume set of microfilmed Municipal Reports, 1866-1916, offers vital insights into the shaping of a nineteenth century River City. From the first year after the Civil War until the eve of America's entry into World War I, the reports chronicle the development of urban government and society during a time of substantial growth in population, changes in attitudes about city problems, and a revolution in the technology for providing urban services. The detailed reports, variously narrative and statistical, were submitted by Louisville's mayor, the heads of the police, fire, and public works departments, the city engineer and treasurer, various inspectors and utility officers, and the directors of numerous city-related educational and charitable institutions. The growth of bureaucracy during the period is illustrated by the fact that only ten city officers submitted annual reports for the series' first volume, while thirty-nine government offices reported in 1916.

Each reel features a chart compiled from the tables of contents of each volume that tells the researcher those offices that reported each year.

Extent: 17 reels

Contains Minutes of the Trustees, 1781-1828, with an index, 1825-1828; Minutes and Indexes of the Common Council, 1828-1929; Minutes and Indexes of the Board of Aldermen, 1851-1976; Ordinance and Resolution Books, 1824-1828, 1844-1976; Minutes of the Town of Portland, 1842-1852; Ordinance and Resolution Book for South Louisville, Kentucky, May, 1890-August, 1898.

Extent: 73 reels

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Louisville. Kentucky. Parish Registers, 1839-1978 (4 reels)
  • St. John's Evangelical Church, Louisville, Kentucky Baptism, Marriage, Death, Confirmation Records, 1865-1949 (2 reels)
  • Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Louisville, Kentucky. Registers And Indexes, 1829-1975 (2 reels)
  • Green Street Baptist Church (Founded as the Second African Baptist Church), Louisville, Kentucky. Minute Books, 1844-1964 (2 reels)

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