Papers, including copies of Churchill Downs News, Kentucky Derby and racing movies, and samples of Leach's public relations output. The material in this collections consists of three distinct series: 1. folios on Kentucky Derby horses and press releases, 1947-54; 2. copies of the Churchill Downs News, 1954-1964; and 3. Kentucky Derby and racing movies, housed in the Photographic Archives.
A graduate of Transylvania University, Leach first worked as a reporter, then sports editor for the Lexington Leader. He became director of publicity at Keeneland race course during the 1930s, then general manager during World War II. He moved to Churchill Downs as Director of Public Relations in 1945, remaining in that position until 1965. He wrote Derby books, containing biographical sketches of owners, trainers, riders, and breeders and was instrumental in assembling the track's original Derby Museum.
[Identification of item], George (Brownie) Leach Papers, Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
[Identification of item], George (Brownie) Leach Papers, Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/221 Accessed September 24, 2021.