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Mary Caperton Bingham Papers, 1850-1995 (bulk 1930-1985)

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Mary Caperton Bingham Papers


1850-1995 (bulk 1930-1985)


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is restricted.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Mary Caperton Bingham Papers, 1850-1995 (bulk 1930-1985), Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


15 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Wife of Louisville Courier-Journal publisher, Barry Bingham, Sr., activist, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. Collection contains correspondence; subject files; a small group of Barry Bingham, Sr.'s records; financial records, 1924-1989; and genealogical information of the Montague, LeFroy, and Caperton families in Virginia, as well as the Bingham and Hogg-Alves families in North Carolina. Mary Bingham's correspondence files contain letters filed alphabetically by correspondents names. They include personal letters regarding varied interests, personal friends, and solicitation letters from charitable organizations across Kentucky and the nation. Also included are photocopies of Mary and Barry Bingham's correspondence while he was stationed in London, and later Guam, during World War II. Her subject files (filed alphabetically) include pamphlets, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and correspondence from organizations and individuals (see folder listing). They inlcude files on the Council for Basic Education, the Courier-Journal, the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer, the Kentucky Bookmobile Project, Radcliffe College, speeches to various organizations and meetings, strip mining regulation, and the University of Louisville. The financial records include gift tax files, 1936-1987; federal and state income tax returns, 1924 -1986; tax records for the Bingham Enterprises Foundation, 1971-1986; and financial records for the Mary C. and Barry Bingham, Sr., Foundation, Inc., 1986-1989; and requests made to the foundation. Collection also includes a small group of Barry Bingham, Sr., papers. They include his poetry scrapbook; typed manuscripts of his unpublished novel, "The Lonesome Road;" his thesis for distinction from Harvard; correspondence, 1936-1971, regarding his sister, Henrietta Bingham; oral history project interviews; and other miscellaneous items


  • Abramson, Jerry E.
  • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.

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