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Kimbrough Family Papers, 1918-1953

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Kimbrough Family Papers




University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Kimbrough Family Papers, 1918-1953, University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.


.25 linear feet


Lola E. Fields (1897-1966) lived as a young girl in the Deer Park neighborhood. Married to Isaac Shouse Kimbrough (1899-1980) in the early 1920s, the couple first lived in the Douglass Loop area, moving in 1945 to a farm in Fern Creek, Kentucky. "Shouse" Kimbrough was a longtime employee of the U. S. Post Office and his wife worked at the U. S. Medical Depot. Their only son, Duke S. (1923-1979), was graduated from the University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School after returning from World War II and became a career officer in the U. S. Air Force. He married Betty Adams of Louisville, Kentucky; they had no children. Colonel Duke S. Kimbrough later lived in Pompano Beach, Florida where he was killed in an auto accident.

Scope and Content

These papers consist largely of Duke S. Kimbrough's correspondence with his parents in Louisville, Kentucky. Most of these letters were written in 1945 while the young Kimbrough was either on duty in Europe as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force or on his return trip home. The letters reveal the everyday concerns of a young serviceman at the close of World War II, as well as the relationship between a young adult and his parents. Further, there are two Duke Kimbrough letters to his parents from 1943 and another from 1953.

Separate folders contain two letters that young Lola Fields (later Kimbrough) received from a soldier friend in combat during World War I and an I. S. Kimbrough letter written in 1953 that complains that the U. S. Post Office favored members of the Democratic party who were Roman Catholics for promotions. A final folder contains miscellaneous correspondence.

User Restrictions

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.

Collection Inventory

World War Letters to Lola Fields, 1918
[box: 1 of 1, folder: 1]
Duke S. Kimbrough to Parents, [1943]-1945; [1953]
[box: 1 of 1, folder: 2]
I. S. Kimbrough Complaint, 1953
[box: 1 of 1, folder: 3]
Miscellaneous Correspondence
[box: 1 of 1, folder: 4]
Family Photos and Clippings
[box: 1 of 1, folder: 5]

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