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Pettus-Speiden Family Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1949

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Pettus-Speiden Family Collection


ca. 1860-ca. 1949


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Pettus-Speiden Family Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1949, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


230 items

Scope and Content

Family photographs, primarily of the Pettus, Speiden, and Mitchell families who were related by marriage. Most are studio photographs, cartes de visite, and cabinet photos. Many candid snapshots date from the 1930s and 1940s. Of interest is an 1875 photograph of Mat Bransford, one of the African-American guides at Mammoth Cave, and a self-photo of I.B. Webster, a prominent Louisville photographer from the 1850s until ca. 1880. Identified persons include Pettus family members, Speiden family members, Hayden C. Mitchell, Doctor Joseph W. Gill, and Reverend Stuart Robinson


  • Pettus family-- Pictorial works.
  • Robinson, Stuart, 1814-1881-- Pictorial works.
  • Photographers-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- Photographs.
  • Speiden family-- Pictorial works.

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