The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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  • MssA_L668_F06_003d.jpg

    French passport for Eugénie Baer Hirsch (1880-1967), a French Jewish woman. She was married to Jacques Hirsch and the mother of Denise Hirsch Wolff (1909-2000). She immigrated to the United States and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where her daughter had moved during World War II. Blank visa pages were not scanned.

    French identity card of Eugénie Baer Hirsch, a Jewish woman. She was married to Jacques Hirsch and the mother of Denise Hirsch Wolff (1909-2000).
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    Photograph of children and faculty at the Louisville, Kentucky Cabbage Patch Settlement House and arranged around a table; they appear to be replicating the last supper. They are in costume. The picture is not dated. In interviews, lifelong Cabbage Patch faculty member Roosevelt Chin claimed that the Cabbage Patch would put on multiple extravagant Bible story plays on holidays. These plays would be written by Roosevelt Chin and Mrs. John R. Green, who ran the Cabbage Patch Sewing School. Sceneries would by constructed by Roosevelt Chin and the Sewing School children; the costumes would be made from scraps collected from rummage sales by the Sewing School children.
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    A photograph of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House football team, dated 1956. The team includes both Black and white children. The Cabbage Patch Settlement House desegregated their football team in the 50s. In interviews, the lifetime Cabbage Patch worker Roosevelt Chin claimed that the Cabbage Patch was "the very first" youth group in Louisville to desegregate. One member of this desegregated football team, Sherman Lewis, would go on to become a Super Bowl winning offensive coach.
  • MssBJ_C112_F1473.pdf

    Transcript of an oral history interview with Roosevelt Chin (1933-2007) conducted by interviewer Sloane Graff in the spring of 2002. Chin discusses his parents's immigration to the United States and their lives as Chinese restaurant owners in Louisville, Kentucky. He recounts his childhood association with Cabbage Patch Settlement House and his later paid work there, beginning in 1953.
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    A United States passport issued to Roosevelt Chin, a Chinese American student from Louisville, Kentucky who worked with the Cabbage Patch Settlement House for over fifty years. The passport is from 1957, when Chin traveled to Hong Kong; stamps from Hong Kong are found in the passport. Chin would later say that he always wanted to visit China, but that Hong Kong was the closest that he ever came. Hong Kong was under British authority at the time and the United States Department of State forbade passage to Communist China; a notice on the inside of the passport warns that the passport is not valid for travel to any nations "under Communist control."
  • MssBJ_C112_1531_access_reduction.mp3

    The second portion of an interview with Roosevelt Chin (1933-2007), a lifetime worker at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Louisville, Kentucky. Interview conducted by Keith Cardwell. The interview duration is one hour exactly. Contains racial slurs. Chin recounts a time when he was young and tried to walk to the Cabbage Patch, only to get lost in the city. Chin describes the Protestant founder of the Cabbage Patch, Louise Marshall (1888-1981), and recalls her lack of trust of Catholics. Chin recalls his experiences with Lloyd Redman (d. 2013), an athletics coach at the Cabbage Patch. Chin describes his early jobs at the Cabbage Patch and at Miss Marshall’s home, as well as his early impressions of Miss Marshall. Chin describes the conflicts between himself and other staff members, namely Charles Dietsch (1932-2020) and Jim Cooksey (d. 2015), after Miss Marshall became inactive in the early eighties. Chin discusses the establishment of a new board and the hiring of executive director Tracy Holladay at that time. Chin describes how the Cabbage Patch got its name in the early 1910s, as well as the settlement house’s connection to famous author Alan Hegan Rice (1870-1942). Chin describes the impact that the Cabbage Patch and Miss Marshall had upon himself and his entire family. Chin briefly describes the daycare and the well-baby clinic. Chin briefly details the Cabbage Patch as it existed in the 70s and the impact of the summer program director Rod Napier upon various activities at that time.

    For the first portion of the interview, see
  • MssBJ_C112_1530_access_reduction.mp3

    The first of a two-part interview with Roosevelt Chin (1933-2007), a lifetime worker at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Louisville, Kentucky. Interview conducted by Keith Cardwell. The interview duration is one hour and thirty-four seconds. Chin describes his college years and the transition from being a full-time student to accepting a full-time leadership position at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Chin describes the various theatrical productions and parties that he helped organize at the Cabbage Patch. Chin describes the innerworkings of the Sewing School. Chin opines on how the changes in school bussing schedules brought about a low period for the Cabbage Patch. Chin describes the process by which Black people were integrated into the Cabbage Patch in the late 1950s. Chin describes the years of declining health in the life of the founder of the Cabbage Patch, Louise Marshall (1888-1981). Chin details the responsibilities to Miss Marshall which were put upon him and other Cabbage Patch staff members who were close to Miss Marshall during her final years. Chin describes the conflicts between board members and staff members of the Cabbage Patch after Miss Marshall became inactive in the early 1980s.
  • 015PC44_Schmitt.jpg

    Color film of the Kentuckiana Scuba-Diving Club diving in the iced-over Tucker Lake, Jefferson County, Kentucky, in the winter of 1960. Thomas L. Schmitt was a member of the club and captured the film. The footage includes scenes above and under the ice, and the divers exploring the lakebed.
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    Summary of an oral history interview conducted with Enid German-Beck (1930-) in November 2010. The summary is accompanied by photographs of Enid, her homes, and her family and friends, dating from the 1930s-1950s, 2011. The interview was part of the Louisville Jewish Family and Career Services's project to document the lives of Jewish seniors in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    This 16mm silent Kentucky wildlife film was produced by Walter (1892-1957) and Elizabeth Catterall Shackleton (1894-1982) from footage of nocturnal wildlife around their 200-acre home in the Sleepy Hollow area of Prospect, Kentucky. It was their first film produced under their company Shackleton Productions, incorporated in 1949. Wildlife filmed include birds, raccoons, a salamander, a mole, owls, and flying squirrels.

    Walter began naturalist documentary work as a bird and wildlife photographer. He attended an Audubon Screen Tour in the 1940s, which inspired him to take up motion picture film. For their films, Walter shot the footage, Elizabeth logged the shots, and the couple worked together to craft the story and splice together the film. Walter Shackleton showed their films in Louisville in the late 1940s and began touring for National Audubon Society sponsored showings around the United States in 1952.
  • Animalcompilation.mp4

    Compilation of silent film footage of animals from film collections at the Filson Historical Society. The footage was exhibited in "Animals in the Archives" at the Filson from 2023-2024.

    Polaroid of Lucy C. Mickens (1895-1970) holding her pet dachshund on her lap. Lucy was born in Eastwood, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and resided in the same neighborhood her entire life. She was married to Robert Thomas, Sr., and the couple had three children, Miles, Robert, and Estella. Lucy and Robert, Sr., separated in the 1920s, and Lucy remarried twice: first to Filmore Colemand and later to John Clark. In 1927, she bought property on Gilliland Road and worked as a laundress.
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    Two photographs of Patsy, a dalmatian. Patsy is carrying a shoe in her mouth in the first photograph. The second photograph is of Patsy sitting in the floor with two people next to a Christmas tree.

    Reproduction of a negative by Ivey Watksins Cousins (1898-1973). It captures the joy of young Black boys playing with a pet dog in a northwestern view of East Broadway and South Jackson Street in Louisville, Kentucky. A native of Danville, Virginia, Ivey Watkins Cousins moved to Louisville in 1944. He held numerous jobs over the years, working as a tobacco dealer, photographer, machine-shop instructor, manager of the USO Shop, and Curator of the Louisville Library Museum. In 1959, he began photographing houses and structures being demolished to make way for I-65. After viewing the images, the Filson Club Board of Directors gave Cousins $25 to buy film for his project. This is one of the few images in which Cousins photographs people.

    Snapshot of a girl and dog pasted in a construction-paper heart labeled "Our Dog Jato."
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    For nearly five decades, abstract painter Gloucester Caliman “G.C.” Coxe (1907-1999) was a fixture of the Louisville art scene. The first Black artist to receive a fine arts degree from the University of Louisville, Coxe worked and exhibited with a milieu of artists including Sam Gilliam and Fred Bond. He co-founded the Louisville Art Workshop, where he worked alongside Gilliam, Bond, Robert Douglas, and Ed Hamilton, and was a mentor to generations of Louisville artists.
  • Tudor Lemon Gallery newsclipping June 20 1957.jpg

    Newspaper clipping on the sale of the Lemon Galleries Building at 223 East Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • thumbnail_Abramsons Market Photo from UL.jpg

    Photograph of Abramson's Market in Louisville, KY. Located in Louisville’s historic Smoketown neighborhood in the western part of Louisville’s dissipating urban Jewish core, the store was run by Sidney and Roy Abramson.

    Greathouse School Spring 1951 (Kindergarten). Jerry Abramson is pictured 3rd row 4th from left.
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