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George (Brownie) Leach papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1991_095-UA
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.


  • 1947-1964


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.


1.15 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

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.


George (Brownie) Leach Papers
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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
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