Charles M. Allen papers

Abstract

The Charles M. Allen papers (dated 1948-2001, bulk 1961-1998; 8.75 cubic feet; 9 boxes, one oversize photograph) primarily comprise correspondence, photographs, and state and federal court files including opinions, case files and research materials.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Charles M. Allen papers
Date
1948-2001, undated (inclusive)
1961-1998 (inclusive)
Creator
Allen, Charles Mengel, 1916-2000
Extent
8.75 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Court administration -- Kentucky.
Court administration -- United States
Courts -- United States.
Judges -- Kentucky.
Judicial opinions
Judicial process -- United States
Railroads.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into five series: Jefferson County Circuit Court; Western District Court of Kentucky; General correspondence; Personal files; Railroad files. Where possible, original folder names were retained.
Finding Aid Author
Anu Kasarabada
Preferred Citation
2019ms006: [identification of item], Charles M. Allen papers, 1948-2001, bulk 1961-1998, University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Charles Mengel Allen served as a judge on the Western District Court of Kentucky from 1971 to 2000. Allen was born in Louisville, Ky. on November 22, 1916. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1941 and his law degree from the University of Louisville Law School in 1943. After graduation, Allen practiced law for one year before leaving for the Southwest, where he taught at the Arizona Desert School in Tucson, Arizona from 1945 to 1946. He returned to Louisville in 1946 and practiced law for the next fifteen years. Allen also served as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Kentucky from 1955 to 1959. In 1961, he won election to a seat on the Jefferson County Circuit Court, as a judge in the Fourth Chancery Division. On November 17, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Allen to serve as a judge for the Western District Court. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination on November 23, 1971. He served as chief judge from 1977 to 1985. On October 1, 1985, Allen assumed senior status and served in that capacity until his death on January 4, 2000.
An avid railroad enthusiast, Allen was a charter member of the Kentucky Railway Museum. At various times in the museum's history, he served as legal counsel and president of the organization. Allen also collected railroad timetables, photographs, guides, and other publications related to trains and railroads within the United States and around the world.
Scope and Content
The Charles M. Allen papers (dated 1948-2001, bulk 1961-1998; 8.75 cubic feet; 9 boxes, one oversize photograph) primarily comprise correspondence, photographs, and state and federal court files including opinions, case files and research materials. Case files include papers related to two of Allen's most notable cases: Louisville Black Police Officers Organization v. City of Louisville (1979), regarding racial discrimination in the hiring of police officers; and Tate v. Frey (1986), regarding prison overcrowding in the Jefferson Circuit County Jail.
There are also files related to the development of the Kentucky Railway Museum as well as news clippings, correspondence, brochures, and other promotional materials related to railroads around the world. A small group of papers also relate to Allen's personal life, including two notebooks consisting of law school notes, gardening plans, and other personal activities.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The intellectual and physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Jefferson County Circuit Court, 1961-1971

Scope and Contents

This series primarily consists of correspondence, and opinions and orders (both draft and final). Also included are memoranda, agendas, and other administrative court files.

Correspondence, 1961-1971

Correspondence, 1961-1971

  • Box 1, folder 1-8
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Correspondence of Commissioner, 1964-1970

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Correspondence with judges, 1968-1971

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Court files, 1961-1972

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically by year.

Opinions, 1961-1971

  • Box 1, folder 11-22
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Opinions - Judge Revell, 1972

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Opinions and orders, 1961-1971

  • Box 2, folder 1-10
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Pre-trial orders, 1968, 1971

  • Box 2, folder 11-13
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Subject files, 1959-1971

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically by year.

Bail in juvenile court, 1971

  • Box 2, folder 14
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Constitution, memo on differences, undated

  • Box 2, folder 15
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Constitution revisited, 1966 October 24

  • Box 2, folder 16
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Federal judgeship, 1971

  • Box 2, folder 17
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General Term, 1963-1971

  • Box 2, folder 18
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Information for junior judges, 1959-1961

  • Box 2, folder 19
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Interlocutory decree, 1966 July 25

  • Box 2, folder 20
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Jefferson Circuit Court, 1962-1970

  • Box 2, folder 21
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Judicial Conference, 1971 April 20

  • Box 2, folder 22
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Legal Aid Society, 1967-1969

  • Box 3, folder 1-3
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Legal memorandum, 1968-1970

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Legal memorandum of authorities, 1961-1970

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Judge Shackelford Miller, Jr. memorial, 1965-1970

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Minutes, 1964

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Motion hour change, 1971 April

  • Box 3, folder 8
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National Court Assistance Act, 1967

  • Box 3, folder 9
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Rules of Criminal Procedure, 1962

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Speeches, undated

  • Box 3, folder 11
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Western District Court of Kentucky, 1971-2001

Scope and Contents

This series consists of correspondence, subject files, case files, research materials, and court administrative files.

Correspondence, 1975-1996

Scope and Contents

Arranged n chronologically by year.

Judges correspondence, 1971, 1975-1985

  • Box 3, folder 12-13
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Judges correspondence, 1986

  • Box 3, folder 14
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Judges correspondence, 1987

  • Box 3, folder 15-16
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Judges correspondence, 1988

  • Box 3, folder 17-18
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Judges correspondence, 1989

  • Box 3, folder 19-20
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Judges correspondence, 1990

  • Box 3, folder 21-23
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Judges correspondence, 1991

  • Box 3, folder 24-25
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Judges correspondence, 1992

  • Box 4, folder 1-2
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Judges correspondence, 1993

  • Box 4, folder 3-7
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Judges correspondence, 1994

  • Box 4, folder 8-11
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Judges correspondence, 1995

  • Box 4, folder 12-17
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Judges correspondence, 1996

  • Box 4, folder 18-20
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Case files, 1978-1989

Scope and Contents

This subseries comprises draft opinions, law clerk memos, notes, correspondence, court filings, caselaw, news articles, and research files that document Judge Allen's decision-making process in small number of his cases. Case files include papers related to two of Allen's notable cases: Louisville Black Police Officers Organization v. City of Louisville (1979), regarding racial discrimination in the hiring of police officers; and Tate v. Frey (1986), regarding prison overcrowding in the Jefferson County Circuit Jail.

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Alioto v. Donio, memorandum re: appointment of guardian ad litem for a non-indigent, 1984 September 10

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Louisville Black Police Officers Organization v. City of Louisville, 1979-1988

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Shimman v. Local 18, Sixth Circuit sitting by designation, 1983

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Tate v. Frey, 1986

  • Box 5, folder 4
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United States v. Ashland Oil, 1978

  • Box 5, folder 5
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USA v. Cedar, Sixth Circuit no. 83-1023, 1984

  • Box 5, folder 6
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USA v. Zalman, CR-86-0053, 1984-1989

  • Box 5, folder 7-9
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Subject files, 1972-2001

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically by date.

"A", 1974-1984

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Asbestos information, 1985-1991

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Atlanta, Eleventh Circuit sitting by designation, 1989 Mar 27-30

  • Box 5, folder 12
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Archives-History Committee, 1980 Sep 22

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Judge Ballantine, 1977-1993

  • Box 5, folder 14
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Book reviews, undated

  • Box 5, folder 15
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"C", 1974-1983

  • Box 5, folder 16
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Clerk of Court, 1980-1996

  • Box 5, folder 17
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Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1976-1993

  • Box 5, folder 18
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Criminal Law Committee meeting, Judicial Conference, 1986 January 20-21

  • Box 5, folder 19
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Criminal Law Committee meeting, Judicial Conference, 1987 July 13

  • Box 5, folder 20
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"D", 1980, 1984

  • Box 5, folder 21
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Jo Ann Dale, 1980

  • Box 5, folder 22
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District Judges Association, 1976-1979

  • Box 5, folder 23
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"E", 1979-1980

  • Box 5, folder 24
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Emergency staff requests, mail-in votes, 1985

  • Box 5, folder 25
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Employee Coordinator, 1980-1984

  • Box 5, folder 26
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Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (model), 1987 April 2

  • Box 5, folder 27
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Examiner's report, 1980, 1984

  • Box 5, folder 28
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Expert medical witnesses, 1982-1987

  • Box 5, folder 29
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"F", 1973-1981

  • Box 5, folder 30
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Federal Judges Association, 1983-1990

  • Box 5, folder 31-32
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"G", 1975-1981

  • Box 5, folder 33
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Judge Gordon, 1978-1990

  • Box 5, folder 34
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Grider, Jesse W., clerk, 1992-1995

  • Box 5, folder 35
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"H", 1972-1984

  • Box 5, folder 36
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Judge John G. Heyburn II, 1991-1993

  • Box 5, folder 37
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Judge Joseph M. Hood, 1990 May

  • Box 5, folder 38
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In memorian, 2001

  • Box 5, folder 39
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Judge Johnstone, 1977-1993

  • Box 5, folder 40
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Judicial commission, 1971

  • Box 5, folder 41
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Judicial conference, Sixth Circuit, 1986 May 14-17

  • Box 5, folder 42
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Judicial conferences, 1975-1993

  • Box 6, folder 1-3
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Judicial evaluation, 1989-1995

  • Box 6, folder 4-9
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"K", 1974-1982

  • Box 6, folder 10
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Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) Judge of the Year Award, 1996

  • Box 6, folder 11
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"L", 1972-1981

  • Box 6, folder 12
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Lawyers Club, 1981-1992

  • Box 6, folder 13
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"M", 1972-1984

  • Box 6, folder 14
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Magistrate selection, 1990-1991

  • Box 6, folder 15
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Magistrates, 1978-1983

  • Box 6, folder 16
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Magistrate James D. Moyer, 1996

  • Box 6, folder 17
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"Mc", 1977, 1980

  • Box 6, folder 18
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Memorials, 1972-1980

  • Box 6, folder 19
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Ronald E. Meredith, judge, 1981-1975

  • Box 6, folder 20
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Owensboro Division, 1986

  • Box 6, folder 21
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Letter to prisoners, samples, 1962-1977

  • Box 6, folder 22
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Prisoner letters, 1972-1995

  • Box 6, folder 23-27
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Probation, 1982-1987

  • Box 6, folder 28
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Rivers resignation, 1973-1974

  • Box 6, folder 29
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Judge Thomas B. Russell, 1994

  • Box 6, folder 30
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"S", 1975-1983

  • Box 6, folder 31
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Salmagundi, 1989-1998

  • Box 6, folder 32-33
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Sanctions: Rule 11, 1995

  • Box 7, folder 1-3
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Senior judge status, 1975-1996

  • Box 7, folder 4-6
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Sixth Circuit, 1992-1993

  • Box 7, folder 7-10
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Speedy trial, 1978-1980

  • Box 7, folder 11
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Statistics, 1984-1991

  • Box 7, folder 12-14
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General correspondence, 1987-1996

Scope and Contents

This series consists of letters to and from Judge Allen, related to both his professional and personal activities. Correspondents include federal judges, state and federal legislators, attorneys, law professors, friends, family, and members of the public.

Arranged chronologically by year.

General correspondence, 1987

  • Box 7, folder 15-16
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General correspondence, 1988

  • Box 7, folder 17
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General correspondence, 1988-1994

  • Box 7, folder 18
  • Box 8, folder 1
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General correspondence, 1990

  • Box 8, folder 2-3
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General correspondence, 1991

  • Box 8, folder 4-5
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General correspondence, 1992

  • Box 8, folder 6
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General correspondence, 1993

  • Box 8, folder 7
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General correspondence, 1993-1994

  • Box 8, folder 8
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General correspondence, 1995-1996

  • Box 8, folder 9-11
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General correspondence, 1996

  • Box 8, folder 12
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Personal files, 1948-1999, undated

Scope and Contents

This series consists of correspondence, notebooks, news clippings, and personal and financial papers. Correspondents include senators Marlow Cook and John Sherman Cooper.

Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically by year.

Mary Bingham, 1995

  • Box 8, folder 13
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Notebooks, undated

  • Box 8, folder 14-15
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Personal and financial papers, 1960-1961

  • Box 8, folder 16
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Personal correspondence, 1948-1954

  • Box 8, folder 15-16
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Personal correspondence, 1984-1989

  • Box 8, folder 17-19
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Personal correspondence, 1994-1999

  • Box 8, folder 20-22
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Railway files, 1953-1987, undated

Scope and Contents

This series consists of correspondence, news clippings, photographs, legal files, newsletters, and train schedules, brochures and other promotional materials. Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically by year.

Chapter chatter, 1968

  • Box 9, folder 1
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J.B. Speed Art Museum v. Citizens Fidelity Bank, etc. (Railway Museum), 1971

  • Box 9, folder 2
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Kentucky Central Scenic Railway Company, 1961-1962

  • Box 9, folder 3
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Kentucky Railway Museum, 1953-1954

  • Box 9, folder 4-14
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National Railway Historical Society, 1954

  • Box 9, folder 15
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Oversize photograph of train on railway tracks by Tom Kelcec, undated

  • Box OS-20
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Photographs of trains from Alan Mason, 1953?

  • Box 9, folder 16
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Railroad information, 1979

  • Box 9, folder 17
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Railway articles, 1961

  • Box 9, folder 18
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Railway correspondence, 1962-1985

  • Box 9, folder 19-20
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Railway papers, 1953-1988

  • Box 9, folder 21
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Train information, 1979-1987

  • Box 9, folder 22-24
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