The files include correspondence, memoranda, reference materials, demographic data, briefs, pleadings, and other materials generated in defense of the Louisville city school board in the desegregation suit brought against the board in the early 1970s. Triplett served as the attorney for the Louisville city schools during the desegregation lawsuit and subsequent merger of the city schools with the Jefferson County public school system.
Henry A. Triplett was a native of Washington, D.C. who moved to Owensboro, Kentucky in 1935. He graduated from high school in Owensboro in 1946 and joined the Navy soon after. During his stint in the Navy, Triplett served in the Korean War. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1954.
Triplett was elected to the Louisville Board of Aldermen three times during the 1950s and 1960s. As an alderman, he was a supporter of the Open Housing Ordinance which outlawed discrimination in housing. Triplett was appointed as a juvenile court judge in 1960 and he served until 1962 when he began practicing law full-time. In the 1970s, Triplett became well-known in Louisville when he represented the old Louisville Board of Education in a racial desegregation lawsuit. He is credited with being instrumental in the merger of city and county schools and the creation of the 1970s desegregation plan.
Henry A. Triplett was born on May 18, 1928 and died on November 7, 2006 at the age of 78.