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R.C. Ballard Thruston Papers,1885-1945

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R.C. Ballard Thruston Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], R.C. Ballard Thruston Papers, 1885-1945, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


0.5 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Louisville geological engineer, researcher, historian, collector, and president and benefactor of The Filson Club. Papers include correspondence, 1929-1942, regarding the Ballard and Ballard Co.; letters of Frances Thruston Ballard discussing family and routine matters; notes about early Jefferson County courthouses, marriages, and census; abstracts of marriage laws in Hening's Statutes of Virginia; and a notebook containing the history of the Ballard Mills. Also include are Thruston's 10 May-23 July 1873 travel journal kept while touring Europe; and 13 Jan.-25 Apr. 1920 journal kept while touring Japan, China, and Manila. Card index in repository


  • Ballard, Andrew Jackson, 1815-1885.
  • Ballard, Frances, 1826-1896.
  • Ballard & Ballard Co. (Louisville, Ky.)-- History-- Sources.
  • Bloom, Isadore Nathan.
  • China-- Description and travel.
  • Europe-- Description and travel.
  • Japan-- Description and travel.
  • Manila (Philippines)-- Description and travel.
  • Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921.

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