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Cyrus and Helen “Wig” MacKinnon papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017_083

Content Description

Cyrus MacKinnon was born in 1916 and died in 1996. He served as an executive officer of Bingham family media companies, including the Courier-Journal, from 1965 until 1982. The MacKinnon papers include a file of position papers, research reports and organizational materials from The Group, 1967 – 1971, a small cadre of upper-level Louisville executives that sought solutions for Louisville to the challenges of race and poverty. Another file contains reactions by Courier-Journal executives to Kentucky media trends (including newspapers) by Spindletop researchers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Several bound volumes containing valuation reports and sale documents for Bingham family media businesses in 1986 are also found. Lists of MacKinnon’s speeches and achievements reveal his broad civic interests including serving as chair of the Black Achievers program sponsored by the Chestnut Street Branch of the YMCA. A resume for his wife, Helen “Wig” Wigglesworth MacKinnon, born in 1917, indicates her broad participation in local liberal civic causes.

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Copyright for some material has not been assigned to the University of Louisville; please consult a reference archivist for more information.


  • 1967-1996



.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box; 1 half-manuscript box)