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Book, Harris, Louis, The Anguish of Change. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., Autographed by author, 1973.

 File — Box: 2, Folder: 5
Entire Collection: The Charles R. P. Farnsley collection documents his personal and business activities, especially involvement with community arts programs. The collection spans the years 1945 to 1980 with the bulk primarily covering the activities of the Louisville Philharmonic Society and the Louisville Orchestra from 1947 to 1960.

Included in the collection is personal and business correspondence, publications, articles pertaining to Farnsley's various businesses, Roper and other public opinion survey materials, and an autographed copy of Louis Harris's book The Anguish of Change. The Louisville Philharmonic Society is documented by correspondence (1946 - 1960), minutes of board meetings (1947 - 1948), and financial reports (1955 - 1957). Louisville Orchestra correspondence (1951 - 1963), financial material (1950 - 1957), including the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and concert programs (1948 - 1957) are also found. Files pertaining to the Louisville Fund (1949 to 1960), and articles about tourism in Louisville are included.

There is some information regarding Farnsley's political activities, mostly his tenure as Louisville mayor (1948 - 1954). Box 6 contains some material relating to his term as a Representative in the United States Congress, while Box 10 (accession 1988-104) provides a more comprehensive collection of correspondence and other materials regarding that term in the 89th Congress.

In addition to miscellaneous items, the collection contains material from Nancy Farnsley's involvement with the Kentucky Heritage Commission.

This collection also includes six scrapbooks documenting Charles P. Farnsley's mayoral years from 1948 to 1953. There are also two personal scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and family memorabilia created from 1947 to 1976. The latter also contain material relating to Farnsley's service in Congress and as a delegate to the 1964 Kentucky Constitutional Revision Convention. These have been microfilmed.

For additional information, see also Farnsley Family Scrapbooks at the University Archives, and the Douglas and Thurman Family papers at the Filson Club.


  • 1973.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Microfilm of scrapbooks will be provided in place of originals.


Entire Collection: 6.75 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

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Louisville KY 40292
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