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Briney Family Papers,1830-1985

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Briney Family Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Briney Family Papers, 1830-1985, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


1.33 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Papers of the Otter and Briney family of Louisville, Kentucky. Melville Otter Briney was a columnist for the Louisville Times and an author; her husband, Russell Briney, spent many years with the Courier-Journal, eventually becoming an editor. Papers include correspondence to Biddie Brown from suitors, 1852-1855; from members of the James G. Carter family, 1858-1894; from Melville Wortham Otter at Vassar College and in Europe, 1905-1925; courtship letters, 1926, between Melville Otter and Russell Briney; letters between Russell Briney and Judge Robert Worth Bingham and Barry Bingham Sr., regarding Briney's writing and work, 1950-1964; and personal letters to Melville Briney, 1980-1985. Legal documents; speeches, sermons, and resolutions; programs and announcements; material regarding the Courier-Journal Building, the history of the Louisville Times, and a lengthy promotion of Judge Robert Worth Bingham for Fourth Estate; newspaper clippings regarding the Carter, Otter, and Briney families; receipts; personal poems and prayers; genealogical data on the Carter and Churchill families; a wedding souvenir book, and scrapbooks. Card index in repository


  • Anderson, Mary, 1859-1940.
  • Bingham, Barry, 1906-1988-- Correspondence.
  • Bingham, Robert Worth, 1871-1937-- Correspondence.
  • Carter family.
  • Children-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Courier-journal (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Filson Club.
  • Journalists-- Kentucky-- Louisville.
  • Louisville Male High School (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Vassar College.
  • Briney, Melville Otter, 1899-1986.
  • Briney, Russell, 1900-1966.

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