The extensive collection includes Samuel W. Thomas research files, correspondence, and drafts for his books on Louisville history, architecture and neighborhoods, as well as the historical accounts he wrote for business, agencies and institutions, and families. Types of materials represented include photographs and photographic slides, photocopies, handwritten notes, and cassette audiotapes. Also represented are Dr. Thomas’ 1964 dissertation “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Heterocyclic Systems” and notes for courses he taught in Chemistry and Community Development at the University of Louisville. Samuel W. Thomas maintained separate files for each book project, typically comprising several boxes with formats of research materials intermingled. Although this finding aid identified series within the Samuel W. Thomas Archive, the physical collection is preserved in its original order, along with Dr. Thomas’ titles for boxes and folders (box titles have been translated into sub-series in the finding aid). Boxes 105, 128, 129, and 130 are not present in the collection since Dr. Thomas had placed those materials with appropriate agencies before making the gift of his papers to the University of Louisville.
Conditions Governing Access
Some of the files related to families and businesses are restricted, with terms of restriction noted on the box list.
Dr. Thomas recorded interviews as part of his research. These audiocassettes are present in the collection and, after review by Archives and Special Collections’ staff, may be made available for listening within Archives and Special Collections. Tapes must be requested one week in advance of a research trip to allow time for review. Tapes may not be reproduced.
Entire Collection: 202.5 linear feet