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James Breckinridge Speed Papers, 1864-1991 (bulk 1864-1912)

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James Breckinridge Speed Papers


1864-1991 (bulk 1864-1912)


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], James Breckinridge Speed Papers, 1864-1991 (bulk 1864-1912) Knt001104,-->Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


.33 cubic feet

Scope and Content

Speed was a Lt. in the 27th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He later became an important businessman in Louisville, Ky. with investments in the cement, sale, brick and telephone industries as well as real estate in Louisville and Chicago. Speed, Indiana was founded to support one of his factories. Collection of personal and business papers, newspaper clippings and other material from J.B. Speed and the Speed Memorial Church in Speed, Ind. Subjects of interest include his business interests in coal, salt, brick and telephone industries as well as his belief in spiritualism. Letter of 27 April 1886 discusses the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln. Cards available in the repository


  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
  • United States.-- Army.-- Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 27th (1861-1865)
  • Cement industries-- Kentucky.
  • Commerce-- History.
  • Distilling industries.
  • Investment advisors.
  • Investments, American.
  • Oil well drilling-- Finance.
  • Presidents-- United States-- Election-- 1860.
  • Real estate investment.
  • Spiritualism-- United States.
  • Telephone companies-- Kentucky.
  • Louisville (Ky.)-- History.
  • Louisville (Ky.)-- Politics and government.
  • Speed (Ind.)-- History.
  • United States-- Economic conditions-- 1865-1918.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865.

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