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Courier-Journal and Louisville Times oral history interviews

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 1
Identifier: 1973_685-UA

Content Description

Interviews with individuals who worked for and/or ran the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, conducted by Mary Bobo for the Oral History Center of the University of Louisville. The Courier-Journal was formed from the merger of three papers: the Louisville Journal, founded in 1830; the Louisville Courier, which emerged in 1844; and the Louisville Democrat, which also debuted in 1844. These papers merged in 1868 to become the Courier-Journal. The Louisville Times was founded in 1884 by Walter Haldeman, who was also the Courier-Journal's publisher. It was an evening paper, complementing the Courier-Journal's role as the morning paper. In 1918-1919, Robert Worth Bingham, father of George Barry Bingham, Sr., purchased a majority interest in the Courier-Journal and Times from Haldeman's family and Henry Watterson, a long-time Courier-Journal editor. Barry Bingham, Jr. became editor and publisher in 1971. In 1985, as a result of financial pressures, the Courier-Journal and Times staffs merged. The Times ceased publication in 1987; the Courier-Journal continues as a morning paper.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1981-1982



1.5 linear feet (63 cassette tapes, 34 reel-to-reel tapes, and 8 transcripts.)