Bellen, Patricia Papers, 1969-1975

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Bellen, Patricia, 1957-

Title: Papers, 1969-1975

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department.

Size of Collection: 0.33 cu. ft.

Location Number: Mss. A B441

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains memorabilia collected from 1969-1975 by Patricia Bellen, a student at Moore High School in Louisville, Kentucky. The collection provides a look into student life from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s at Moore High School, while handwritten messages and “slang books” show the nature of adolescent friendships among students.

Moore High opened in January of 1969. Bellen appears to have been a sixth grader at the school in 1969, and graduated in March 1975. The collection consists of various materials related to the school, including issues of the school publication the “Round Up,” in which students wrote on school issues. Some issues contain opinion columns that comment on other current events such as the moratorium to end the Vietnam War in October 1969, and concerns over students smoking.

“Slang books” as they are labeled resemble friendship booklets of stapled paper. These booklets were compiled by Patricia Bellen and consist of personal questions on each page that were given to classmates to respond to. The “Buzzbook” contains the address and contact information of each Moore High School student who attended in the 1973 schoolyear.

Other items include basketball and football game schedules and programs from 1969-1971, an undated theatre program for “Tonight on Broadway,” and programs for a “She Male” contest for the years 1972 and 1973.

The scrapbook commemorates Bellen’s high school graduation in 1975 and includes photographs, commencement programs, handwritten messages, ephemera related to prom and graduation.

Biographical Note

Patricia Jean Bellen was born December 11, 1957 in Jefferson County, Kentucky. She attended Moore High School and graduated in March of 1975. She later married Mark John Leonhardt and together had six children: Mark John II, Anthony Lawrence, Nathan Alexander, Matthew Steven, Adam Thomas, and Nadia Rose.

Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1: “Round Up” publications 1969-1971, and “Room 255” publication October 1970

Folder 2: Moore High School football and basketball ephemera, 1969-1971

Folder 3: “Slang books”, 1970-1971

Folder 4: “She Male Contest” Programs, 1972-1973

Folder 5: Moore High School “Buzzbook”, 1973

Folder 6: “Tonight on Broadway” theatre program, circa 1970

Folder 7: Photographs from graduation scrapbook, 1975

Volume 8: Graduation scrapbook, 1975


Subject Headings

Education – Kentucky – Louisville.

Friendship in adolescence.

High Schools – Kentucky – Louisville.

Jefferson County Public Schools.

Moore High School (Louisville, Ky.)

Student newspapers and periodicals.

Students – Kentucky – Louisville.

Women – Education – Kentucky

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