Woolsey (Frederick W.) Papers, 1946 - 1980

Descriptive Summary

Woolsey (Frederick W.) Papers, 1946 - 1980
Woolsey, Frederick W., 1919-
.5 linear feet
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Frederick W. Woolsey (1919-), as a reporter for the Louisville Times from 1955 to 1965, reported on civil rights and race relations. Later, as staff writer for the Sunday Magazine of the Courier-Journal (1965-), he wrote on black history and about black leadership in the community. He was a member of the board of directors of the Louisville Urban League for ten years and, in the early 1960s before passage of a city ordinance banning discrimination in places of public accommodation, he was on the Communications Committee of the Louisville Human Relations Committee. Woolsey's papers include a few letters and a speech; reporter's notes; and reference and cllpping files--virtually all related to his research on stories on the history of civil rights and race relations in the Louisville area. Files containing photocopies of reference materials on mass transit and widely available news and magazine clippings were removed from the collection.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence and Speech, [1961-1971]

There is a research report that Woolsey prepared in 1961 for the editor of American Heritage Magazine on the 1871 protest movement that desegregated Louisville street railways, his 1963 speech on "The Negro Ghetto in Louisville," a sketch on the history of local housing for blacks, and an incoming letter (fragment) on blacks and Louisville politics in the first half of the Twentieth century. There are also several items relating to a 1962 dispute between local A.M.E. Zion Bishop E. Eubank Tucker and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
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2. Feature News Articles, [1961-1980]

Woolsey wrote extended articles on local black history, including retrospective pieces at the anniversaries of lunch counter sit-ins and the integration of Louisville's public schools. One typescript draft discusses the history of several major Hollywood movie studios.
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3. Reporter's notes, mostly undated

Typed and manuscript notes made for news features on civil rights. There are several revealing interviews with prominent blacks in 1963 on the history of residential segregation in Louisville.
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4. Reference Materials, [1956-1974]

Includes government reports, newsletters, studies, and pamphlets on topics such as racial bias in textbooks, housing and employment for blacks, differences among races in community attitudes, and black business. There are also two 1967 issues of a Lexington, Kentucky black newspaper, several KuKlux Klan broadsides, a 1972 honors thesis from Radcliffe College on school desegregation in Louisville, and leaflets, appeals, and correspondence related to black student protests at the University of Louisville.
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5. Miscellaneous Newsclippings, [1946-1971]

Virtually all of the items discuss local civil rights activities during the 1950s and 1960s. There are some clippings from the Friend's Journal, Southern Patriot, and the Louisville Defender.
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