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Towle Family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 1984_015-UA
The Towle family papers span the years from the early 1900's to the 1950's. Material is sparse from 1912 to 1939 and from 1943 to 1952. Although Mr. Towle was prominent as an alderman and realtor in Louisville, this collection deals little with this aspect of his life. The papers give more insight into Virginia's personal life via her friends' letters. The material consists almost entirely of correspondence between Virginia and her friends and Mr. Towle, and Mr. Towle’s business friend, Paul Whitcomb. This correspondence includes election returns for Towle 1923 aldermanic race in Louisville plus his certificate. There is also material relating to Virginia’s application for admittance into WAVES, newspaper clippings of family, photos glued on cardboard, three prospectuses for American Oil Company, and information relating to the realty business.

Dates

  • circa 1900's-1950's

Creator

Conditions Governing Use

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

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Summary of Significant Events

1871
Ralph Towle born
1915
Virginia Towle attends Sweet Briar College in Virginia
1923
Ralph runs for alderman in Louisville and wins
1937
Virgina employed as an administrative secretary to the Psychiatric Department at Louisville General Hospital
1939
Helen Towle, wife of Ralph and Virginia's mother, becomes ill and admitted to Lakeland Hospital
1941
Helen Towle dies
1942
Virginia applies for admission to the WAVES during World War II
1943
Virginia rejected for WAVES program
1943
Virginia accepted into the WACS program
1946
Virginia mustered out of WACS program from Fort Beale, California and returns to Louisville
1957
Ralph Towle dies; he is survived by Virginia and two nephews

Creator

Title
The Towle Family Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Karin Strohbeck
Date
1985
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752
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