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Red Barn administrative records and George Howe papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2020_396

Records accumulated during George Howe's tenure as the Director of Student Activities and the person responsible for programming at the Red Barn. Materials include administrative records such as policies and procedures, annual reports, and materials related to capital improvements, but focuses significantly on Red Barn and other student activities. These materials consist of photos and ephemera like fliers, event calendars, posters, invitations, and tickets. Additional materials cover specific initiatives that George was involved in such as the Student Leadership Development program, Student Activities Center Advisory Board, and the Red Barn Alumni Association.


  • 1969-2019


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13.875 linear feet (10 records center boxes, 3 flats, 1 half MS, 1 item)

Biographical Note

George J. Howe joined the University of Louisville as the first Director of Student Activities on July 1, 1970. A native of Pennsylvania, George earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 from Muskingum University in Ohio and his Masters degree from the University of West Virginia in 1969.

As the first Director of Student Activities George was responsible for developing programs in the Red Barn. He and a team of dedicated students over the years helped make the Red Barn the premier live music venue in Louisville during the 1970s and '80s. Indeed, for 50 years the Red Barn has been a hub for student events ranging from concerts and dances to speaker forums and award ceremonies.

In 2007 the Red Barn was officially dedicated as the George J. Howe Red Barn in recognition of George's 37 year of commitment to students and the University of Louisville. That same year the George J. Howe Leadership Fund was established and endowed with initial gifts of more than $10,000.

George continued at the Univeristy of Louisville as the Director of Special Programs and Development until his retirement in the summer of 2020.


Guide to the Red Barn administrative records and George Howe papers
Kyna Herzinger
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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