These papers document efforts to preserve historic houses in Old Louisville slated for demolition. Materials primarily consist of clipping files. Most concern the local fight to save the Louisville houses but there are also some clippings pertaining to other local and national historic preservation topics. There are also small amounts of correspondence, notes, mailing lists, legal papers, blueprints, and photographs relating to the preservation effort.
Mrs. Updegraff was clerk or sheriff at her local polling place for thirty-five years. She was a member and trustee of Highland Presbyterian Church. She sang for thirty-seven years in the chorus of the Louisville Bach Society, which she also served as secretary, program editor and translator. She was a board member of the Fund for the Arts, a member of the Filson Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Caldwell County Historical Society, the Fincastle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Monday Afternoon Club, the German-American Club, the Woodcock Society and Friends of the School of Music at the University of Louisville, and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Updegraff and a friend, Mrs. J. Paul Keith, successfully opposed plans of the Woman's Club of Louisville to raze two residences on South Fourth Street to create a parking lot for the club.