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Warder Harrison Kentucky celebrities collection

Identifier: 2004_059-UA

Photographs, clippings, letters, and articles documenting celebrities of stage and screen with ties to Kentucky collected by Ward Harrison. The collection includes research correspondence and a typescript of I Didn't Know That. Also includes correspondence with celebrities, movie posters, scrapbooks, sheet music, programs from Louisville area theatrical productions, Tarzan comic books, a Billy Vaughn record, and research related to Robert Worth Bingham and his wife. Incudes material, including clippings, relating to Tom Cruise, Diane Sawyer, George Clooney, and Rags Ragland, among others.


  • 1890s-2013


Restrictions on Access

Portions of the collection are unprocessed and so unavailable to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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


5 linear feet (1 records center box, 1 manuscript box, 2 flats)

Biographical sketch

Warder Harrison was born in Winchester, Kentucky in 1933, but spent his childhood years in Louisville. He lived for approximately 25 years in Los Angeles, CA, where he collected information and materials relating to stage, screen and other celebrities with Kentucky roots. He returned to the Louisville area in 1981 and began formally researching this area of interest, publishing I Didn't Know That: Kentucky's Ties to the Stage and Screen in 1994 and completing a four-volume loose-leaf set of documentation titled Kentucky Ties of the Stage and Screen around 2000.


An additional gift, received in 2014, includes regional correspondence and business records, Kentucky celebrities resarch files, and University of Louisville football and basketball posters.


Ward Harrison Kentucky Celebrities Collection
Tom Owen
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Script of description
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The finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752