Ivey Watkins Cousins Negative Collection


Ivey Watkins Cousins Negative Collection


Louisville (Ky.)


Ivey W. Cousins, a native of Danville, Va., retired as a leaf tobacco buyer and dealer in 1944 and moved to Louisville, Ky. While living in his adopted city, he ran the Louisville Service Club's hobby shop and taught woodworking, became an assistant curator at the Louisville Free Public Library's museum, and began taking photographs of Louisville scenes. The collection contains only negatives and few have been printed. His photographs recorded street scenes and buildings primarily in downtown Louisville from Broadway north to Main street, and on the main north-south streets in this area. There are some photographs on Third and Fourth Streets in the Old Louisville residential area. Many of the scenes photographed no longer exist because of urban renewal, construction of expressways, and expansion of the medical center/hospital complex east of the central business district.


Cousins, Ivey W. (1897-1973)


Ivey Watkins Cousins Negative Collection




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black-and-white negatives

Collection Items

Mule Wagon on East Market Street, 1959
View of sidewalk goods and a mule wagon at 118 East Market Street. The wagon has junk and car tires.

View of the bridge arch and the Ohio River at North 2nd (Second) Street and River Road, 1959.
View of the bridge arch and the Ohio River at North 2nd (Second) Street and River Road. A number of cars a waiting at a stoplight.

Drug Store at 2000 Portland Ave, July 1959
View of a Drug Store at 2000 Portland Ave in 1959. The original log book from I.W. Cousins reads "E.G. Switzer Drug Store 2000 Portland Ave." A sign on the window says "Katzmann's" and is listed in the city directory in 1959.

Demolition of house  on East Gray Street, 1959
View of a partially torn down house on East Gray Street. The house was torn down as part of the I-65 construction project.

South 1st Street and East Gray Street, 1959
View of the southeastern corner of the street at South 1st (First) Street and East Gray Street. The image depicts several buildings being demolished for the construction of I-65.

View of the Ohio River, 1959
Eastern view of the south side of the Ohio River looking toward the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge [Second Street Bridge].

Home on Billy Goat Strut, June 16, 1959
View of an old home at Billy Goat Strut Alley and 110 South Preston Street.

Male High School, June 1959
View of Male High School at South Brook Street and East Breckinridge Street. Properties across the street were raised for Interstate 65.

West Broadway and Armory Place, June 11, 1959
View of the street at West Broadway and Armory Place. Liberty National Bank and Trust Company building and The Courier-Journal, The Louisville Times, and WHAS building are in the frame.

OK Storage, June 1959
View of the street at East Broadway and Barret Avenue with OK Storage building on the right.
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