Cabbage Patch Settlement House Photograph Collection, ca. 1910-2019

Held by the Filson Historical Society

Creator: Cabbage Patch Settlement House

Title: Photograph Collection, ca. 1910-2019

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Photographs and Prints.

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Location Number: 019PC48

Scope and Content Note

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House Photograph Collection is housed in one records center box (1 cubic foot). The collection contains 76 folders of photographic items varying in formats, including postcards, real photograph postcards, black-and-white and color photographic prints and negatives, a glass negative, and color slides. They document the Cabbage Patch Settlement House (CPSH), a private charitable organization serving children and their families in Louisville, Kentucky. Photographic items feature the organization’s facilities, activities, leadership, staff, volunteers, and the children and teenagers who participated in Cabbage Patch programs.

Dates of photographs range from 1910, when the organization was established by founder and director Louise Marshall (1888-1981), to the 2010s. Most of the items are undated and do not include information about individuals in the photographs.

Folders 1-6 contain photographs that were reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House as Told by Those Who Lived It (Cabbage Patch Settlement House, 1993) [Filson library collection: Pamphlet 361.7 S887 1993].

Folders 7-21 primarily document the early period of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House from 1910-1930s, including photographs of families of the neighborhood, the original Cabbage Patch building on Ninth Street, founder and director Louise Marshall, and such services as sewing and dance classes, the Mother’s Club, the Cooking School, the Daily Vacation Bible School, and the Unemployment Relief Bureau Gardens.

Folders 22-31 include photographic items depicting CPSH children and teenagers, staff, and various activities from 1940s-1980s.

Folders 32-42 contain photographs and negatives of CPSH athletic teams and activities, such as football, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, and tennis from the 1920s-1990s.

Folders 43-62 include photographs from the 1950s-1980s of children, teenagers, and adults participating in CPSH camps-on-tour, Thanksgiving dinners at Fort Knox, holiday parties, Golden Agers activities for older people, the Nursery School, gym and open play, and arts and crafts.

Folders 63-67 contain photographic items depicting CPSH leadership, staff, and adults from the 1960s-2009, including photographs of the rummage sale and holiday bazaar run by the volunteers of the Cabbage Patch Circle.

Folders 68-73 include photographs from 1980-2019, with most from the first two decades of the 2000s. They depict CPSH leadership, staff, volunteers, students, and various events and programs.

Folders 74-76 include negatives of the 1997 3-on-3 Jamboree (a basketball tournament that served as one of the main fundraisers for the CPSH), oversize photographs of the 1994 3-on-3 Jamboree, and an oversize composite of pre-elementary students and teachers from 1981.

Related Collections:

Cabbage Patch Settlement House (Louisville, Ky.) Records, 1906-2019 [Mss. BJ C112]

Historical Note

Louise Marshall, founder of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, was born in Louisville in 1888. Louise and her family resided in the Old Louisville neighborhood and attended Second Street Presbyterian church. As a teenager, Louise began teaching and working with neighborhood boys; her friends also volunteered, and a program was opened for girls as well. They had a story hour, a mother’s club, and a sewing school – all in one room.

In 1910, Louise established a settlement house with the help of her community, church, and family. With a loan from her father, Louise purchased a lot on Ninth Street near Burnett. In October 1910, the facility became a not-for-profit corporation with the name Cabbage Patch Settlement House (CPSH). Named for the Louisville neighborhood where it was originally established, the Cabbage Patch was formed “in the spirit of Christian Love” as a safe place for neighborhood children to play, grow, and learn.

The Cabbage Patch neighborhood was located along the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, south of Broadway. During the Civil War era, railroads penetrated the farmland and industrial development began, creating a rural-industrial combination of truck gardens and shop workers living around them. Following the creation of the affluent areas of St. James and Belgravia Courts after the Southern Exposition of the 1880s, wealth inequality typified the neighborhood.

The Cabbage Patch at 1461 S. Ninth Street offered services such as a library, Bible study, a well-baby clinic, a nursery, and a gymnasium. In 1929, the CPSH moved to its current location at 1413 S. Sixth Street. In the 1950s, the CPSH began to allow African American children to participate in its recreational activities. Marshall remained involved with the Cabbage Patch until her death in 1981.

Sources: Cabbage Patch Settlement House website:

“The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, founded 1910 by Miss Louise Marshall, as told by those who lived it,” edited by Martin E. Biemer, 1993.

Linda Raymond and Bill Ellison, The Two Lives and One Passion of Louise Marshall: Founder of the Cabbage Patch Settlement (2017)


Folder List

Folder 1: Photos reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, pp. 3-6

The prints in folders 1-6 are photographs reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House as Told by Those Who Lived It (Cabbage Patch Settlement House, 1993) [Filson library collection: Pamphlet 361.7 S887 1993].

Folder 2: Photos reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, pp. 7-10

Folder 3: Photos reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, p. 11

Folder 4: Photos reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, pp. 12-19

Folder 5: Photos reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, pp. 21-26

Folder 6: Photos reprinted in The Story of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, pp. 27-30

Folder 7: Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch postcard and film print, ca. 1910, 1934

Undated postcard with image of Mrs. Wiggs character and house, captioned “The Cabbage Patch, showing Home of Mrs. Wiggs, Louisville, Ky.”; and a color print from the 1934 film “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. The postcard image and film were based on Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice’s novel Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (New York: Century Co., 1902) [Filson library collection: RB 813.5 R945mr 1902].

Folder 8: Louise Marshall, the Veech family home, ca. 1910s-1920s, 1960s

Includes photographic images of Marshall; and a paper photographic image of the Indian Hills Georgian-style home of the Veech family (Richard and Mary Veech were Marshall’s grandparents), with a note on the back: “Indian Hill. Home of the Veech family from early 1800s to 1924. Original built by Alexander Veech. Victorian front added in 1980 by R. S. Veech. Sold in 1925 to Mr. Sidney Smith who tore down the Victorian wing, restoring it to Colonial.”

Folder 9: Original CPSH building and yard at 1461 Ninth St., ca. 1910s

Slide, photographs, and paper photographic image of original building on Ninth Street, including a mounted ca. 1915 photograph of boys doing high jump in the yard.

Folder 10: CPSH families and neighborhood, ca. 1910s-1930s

2 real photograph postcards, each of an older boy in a suit; and black-and-white photographs and printed images of women, men, children, and families, with a few dates and people identified: “Mrs. Essex and Family Sept. 1931”; and “Vendor selling produce at corner of Sixth Street and Victora Place (now Magnolia Avenue).”

Folder 11: CPSH families and neighborhood, ca. 1910s-1930s

Black-and-white photographs, including one removed from an envelope with “Alden Cushman with cart” written on it. Most of the dates and people are not identified.

Folder 12: CPSH families and neighborhood, black-and-white negatives, ca. 1910s-1930s

Black-and-white negatives of individual boys; a family in front of a house; girls on a stoop. The dates and people are not identified.

Folder 13: CPSH adults and staff, ca. 1920s-1930s

Black-and-white photographs: one labeled “Miss Franklin – Story Hour, Miss Farrel – Library, 1927-28”; another one labeled “June 1930 Mrs. Wilkerson and Mrs. Sherman.”

Folder 14: CPSH children and activities, ca. 1920s-1930s

Paper photographic images, with captions. Black-and-white photographs, including ones of children and teenagers playing volleyball and in a sewing class, ones labeled “the Pioneers” and “Genevieve and Martha Allen at Fresh Air Home,” and a mounted photograph and negative of girls in a dance class from the 1920s.

Folder 15: Mother’s Club, 1920s

Black-and-white photographs, with the following notes on the backs of some of them: “Mother’s Club Pic-nic June 1927” with women’s names listed; “Children of the Mother’s Club Shawnee Park. May 1928”; “Ms. Wakefield and Miss Steele Mother’s Club Pic-nic 1938 Shawnee Park”; “June 1930 Mothers Club on a picnic.” Negative and photographs of a group of women sitting around a table, on back of one is noted “Mother’s Club Christmas party Dec. 1924” with a list of their names.

Folder 16: CPSH buildings, 1413 S. Sixth Street, ca. 1929-1970s

CPSH moved to this address in 1929. Undated black-and-white photographs of the outside of the buildings, including a Caufield & Shook photograph.

Folder 17: CPSH buildings, 1413 S. Sixth Street, ca. 1950s-1970s

Undated color photographs with exterior and interior views of the buildings.

Folder 18: Cooking School, ca. 1920s-1930s

Black-and-white photographs, with the following notes on the backs of some of them: “1st Prize Winners of Cooking School/1925-26/Cabbage Patch Settlement/1461 S. 9th St.”; “Perfect in attend: at Serving and Cooking 1925-26/Cabbage Patch Settlement, 1461 S. 9th St.”; “Last day of Cooking School 1926”; “1924-25 Cooking Class party” with list of the names of the girls; “Cooking Class picnic Shawnee May, 1928”; “Cooking Class Picnic June 1931, Cherokee Park.”

Folder 19: Daily Vacation Bible School, 1924-1928

Black-and-white photographs, most with dates and information on the backs of the prints.

Folder 20: Daily Vacation Bible School, 1930-1931

Black-and-white photographs, most with dates and information on the backs of the prints.

Folder 21: Cabbage Patch Unemployment Relief Bureau gardens, ca. 1934, 1937

2 black-and-white photographs: one of a man with a basket of produce in the middle of a garden; the other of a young girl standing in front of a building with a basket.

Folder 22: CPSH children and activities, ca. 1940s-1960s

Undated black-and-white photographs and negatives of children and teenagers participating in sewing activities, playing games, napping, doing plays, going on picnics and camping trips, and riding in the Cabbage Patch’s “big red truck.”

Folder 23: CPSH children and activities, ca. 1950s-1980s

Undated black-and-white photographs, with some information identified: Versailles State Park; “Little Joe”; “Day Care Christmas program”; “Waiting to go to camp.”

Folder 24: CPSH children and teenagers, photos taken from unlabeled album, ca. 1950s

Undated black-and-white photographs that were removed from an unlabeled album, with photographs of children and teenagers participating in outdoor activities and boys posing with a baseball bat and mitt.

Folder 25: CPSH children and teenagers, photos taken from unlabeled album, ca. 1950s

Undated black-and-white photographs that were removed from an unlabeled album, with photographs of children and teenagers participating in outdoor activities, a girl kneeling and praying, boys posing with a baseball bat, and a group photo from Mammoth Cave.

Folder 26: CPSH children and activities, ca.1950s-1970s

Undated black-and-white negatives and 5 x 7 and larger black-and-white photographs of an older woman at a table with children; children playing in a game room, participating in various activities, and walking outside.

Folder 27: CPSH children and teenagers, ca. 1950s-1980s

Undated 8 x 10 black-and-white photographs: two girls signing a ledger; two girls putting gas in a propeller plane; children cleaning up the yard at CPSH; an African American boy hanging up his clothes at a camp; three African American girls outside of the CPSH; girls napping; and a girl identified on the back of the print as Jeanie Harris.

Folder 28: CPSH children and activities, black-and-white negatives, ca. 1960s-1970s

Undated black-and-white negatives and contact strips of children napping; children playing pool and ping pong, playing in the gym and outside; a policeman talking to children; children walking outside the building; and the Cabbage Patch’s “big red truck”

Folder 29: CPSH children and activities, black-and-white negatives, ca. 1960s-1970s

Undated black-and-white negatives and contact strips of staff, volunteers, and children cooking, eating, and participating in arts and crafts

Folder 30: CPSH children and teenagers, color photographs, ca. 1970s-1980s

Mostly undated color photographs of children and teenagers canoeing, swimming, playing outside, with some identified with the following notes: “Sharon, a volunteer from Sacred Heart School,” “John Miller November 1979 to Uncle Harry,” “Phillip Miller November 1979 To Uncle Harry.” Includes a class photo of children with teachers.

Folder 31: CPSH children and adults, color negatives, ca. 1970s-1980s

Undated color negatives of children swimming, at beach, playing inside and outside.

Folder 32: Football, 1920s-1970s

Folder 33: Signed photograph of boxer, ca. 1940s-1950s

Undated black-and-white photograph of a boxer, signed with a partly illegible name: Douglas Miller or Mueller.

Folder 34: Boys basketball, 1925 team, 1957 Jr. City Champs

Folder 35: Boys basketball, ca. 1950s-1980s

Folder 36: Boys 15 and under basketball team, 1960-1961 City Champs

Names are signed and listed on the back of one of the photographs.

Folder 37: Girls basketball, 1963-1972

Black-and-white photographs of West End YMCA league winners, 1963-1964, with names of players signed on back; black-and-white photographs, some identified as 1972; 2 color photographs; copies of CPSH Girls’ Basketball schedule, 1972.

Folder 38: Girls basketball, ca. 1970s

Folder 39: Cheerleaders, 1950s-1970s

4 Kodachrome Transparency slides; black-and-white and color photographs; 1 photo taped on construction paper with names of cheerleaders included.

Folder 40: Volleyball, ca. 1960s-1980s

Black-and-white photographs of adults playing volleyball in the gym.

Folder 41: Miscellaneous athletics, 1960s-1990s

 Photographs of children’s soccer teams; weightlifting; softball teams; tennis players; and the Winn-Dixie Street Ball Showdown.

Folder 42: Miscellaneous athletics, black-and-white negatives, ca. 1970s

Folder 43: Plays, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s

3 black-and-white photographs, including a dark image, from a folder labeled “Plays.”

Folder 44: Camps-on-Tour: Versailles State Park, Philadelphia, New York City, Mayflower, ca. 1962-2965

Black-and-white group photographs and photographs of the places they visited, some of which are identified on the back of the prints as the Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell, Mayflower, Versailles State Park, Grant’s Tomb, skyline of New York City from ferry, and the UN building (NYC). Some have Aug. 1962 printed on them. These photos were in a folder labeled “Camps-on-Tour – Washington, D.C., 1962,” but none of them seems to be of sites in Washington, D.C.

Folder 45: Camps-on-Tour: Canada and Niagara Falls, 1963

Folder 46: Camps-on-Tour: Washington, D.C., 1966

Black-and-white photographs, including one of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; one with Monticello, Williamsburg written on back; group photo with “Camp-On-Tour/Washington D.C./July 30-Aug. 11, 1966” written on back.

Folder 47: Camps-on-Tour: Grand Canyon, 1967

Black-and-white photographs, including one picturing the sign Ponderosa Canyon (from Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah).

Folder 48: Camps-on-Tour: Canada and Niagara Falls, 1968

Folder 49: Teen Age Council Teen Dance, ca. 1960s

Black-and-white photograph of the band the Ultra Tones, signed by band members.

Folder 50: Thanksgiving Dinner at Fort Knox, 1963

Black-and-white photographs of CPSH children visiting Fort Knox.

Folder 51: Thanksgiving Dinner at Fort Knox, 1965

Black-and-white photographs, including one with note on back: “opn orphan 1965/Fort Knox, Ky/L to R – Lt. Nickels, Ch. Graves, Lt. Groome, Lt. Sullivan and Lt. Poindexter/ ‘The Planners.’”

Folder 52: Thanksgiving Dinner at Fort Knox, 1965

Folder 53: Miscellaneous parties, ca. 1960s

Black-and-white photographs: one has “Carnival in Gym Summer 1960” on back; others are of a person dressed as the Easter bunny with children.

Folder 54: Christmas parties, ca. 1960s, 1979-1981

Folder 55: Golden Agers, ca. 1960s

Black-and-white photographs from a folder labeled “Golden Agers,” includes photographs of a trip of older adults to Fort Knox.

Folder 56: Golden Agers, ca. 1960s

Folder 57: CPSH adults and Golder Agers, black-and-white negatives, ca. 1960s

Folder 58: Nursery School, ca. 1960s-1980s

Folder 59: Nursery School, ca. 1960s-1980s

Folder 60: Nursery School, ca. 1960s-1980s

Black-and-white photographs of children; polaroids with notes: “Christmas Cabbage Patch 1978,” “Monique space ship,” “David – Latoria space travel”; color negatives

Folder 61: Gym and Open Play, 1960s-1980s

Folder 62: Arts and crafts, ca. 1970s-1980s

Black-and-white photographs of children participating in CPSH arts and crafts program, including one of a hand puppet show.

Folder 63: CPSH adults and volunteers, ca. 1940s-1960s

Folder 64: Cabbage Patch Circle’s rummage sale and holiday bazaar, ca. 1970s-1990s

Folder 65: Roosevelt Chin, ca. 1960s-1990s

Includes broken glass color negative of two men of Asian descent with the number 1756 and Chinese characters written in black pen at the bottom of the negative; photographs of a graduation, sports ceremony, and Chin; 3-D cut out of a boy with a basketball. Most of these photographs were in a folder labeled “Roosevelt Chin materials”; it is not clear how some of them are connected to Chin.

Folder 66: Johnny Unitas, Chris Redman, and Roosevelt Chin, ca. 1980s-1990s

2 color photographs; one signed by former University of Louisville quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Chris Redman; one of Redman and Roosevelt Chin.

Folder 67: CPSH staff and leadership, ca. 1980-2009

Photographs, with some people and dates identified on back of photos: Charles Dietsch; “Kim H. Nancy S. Current River Canal Trip – Missouri,” May 1983; Rod Napier teaching canoeing at Long Run Park, ca. 1980s and with North Carolina/Outdoor Leadership Lab, 1995; Executive Director Tracy Holladay; board president Edith Breed with children; and Kim Glass when Cabbage Patch renovation and expansion were completed in 2009.

Folder 68: CPSH leadership, staff, students, ca. 2013-2017

Color photographs, with some dates and many people identified on back, including students; Louisville City FC player Guy Abend; and leadership, staff, and volunteers Walt Helm, Side Anderson, Barbara Sexton-Smith, Bob Willis, Marita Willis, Charlie Farnsley, and Lea Fischbach.

Folder 69: CPSH programs, staff, and students, 2015-2016

Color photographs of CPSH programs: board member Jim Carrneal with children; Tracy Holladay and others with Community Foundation check; group dining at 610 Magnolia with Chef Edward Lee at the young chefs camp; whitewater rafting; William Rasinen with bike camp; teacher Elizabeth Smith with student at Polly Williams Art Center.

Folder 70: CPSH programs, 2015-2016

Color photographs of CPSH programs: HOOF, Horses Offering Opportunities for the Future (HOOF); Mayor Greg Fischer with children at the Saturday programs opening celebration; Seed to Table, 2015-2016; volunteer Leslie Ellis.

Folder 71: CPSH events, 2014-2017

Color photographs of the following events and people: 2015 Inc. Credible awards, Walt Kunau, Jesse Hendrix-Inman, Tracy Holladay; 2017 Luckett & Farley, Little Free Library dedication; 2014 Oxmoor Auto and Progressive insurance car giveaway, Calvin Halloway, Sloane Graff, Heather Graff, Feona Bah and children, Liz Haas, Greg Haus, James Brown, Pat Murphy, Tracy Holladay; 2014 Fashion Show, Frances Lewis; 2014 Wall Together exhibition at Local Speed, teacher Elizabeth Smith; 2015 Kim Glass Library Dedication, Kim’s mother Janet Hazelwood and Myra Lee and Doyle Glass, Kim Glass’s daughter Myra Lee and husband Doyle Glass (Kim Glass died in 2014); 2016 Cabbage Patch Annual Auction, board president Chip Snyder; 2017 Golf tournament, Janae Cofield, Tracy Holladay; 2017 Putt Fore the Patch.

Folder 72: Rod Napier’s retirement party, May 18, 2019

Folder 73: CPSH children, ca. early 2000s

Paper photographic images of “Louisville Collegiate School, Cabbage Patch Day, December 21, 2001”; children at “Ms Jenny’s Travel Day Camp”; Clifty Falls.

Folder 74: 3-on-3 Jamboree, 1997

Negative strips, “Cabbage Patch R-1 through R-5, 4-22-1997”; contact sheets

Folder 75: Oversize photographs of 3-on-3 Jamboree, 1994

Folder 76: Oversize composite of photographs of pre-elementary students and teachers, May 1981



African American children – Kentucky – Louisville.

Camps – Kentucky – Louisville.

Charities – Kentucky – Louisville.

Children – Services for – Kentucky – Louisville.

Chin, Roosevelt, 1933-2007.

Community centers – Kentucky – Louisville.

Gardening – Kentucky – Louisville.

Marshall, Louise, 1888-1981.

Nursery schools – Kentucky – Louisville.

Outdoor recreation – Kentucky – Louisville.

Recreation – Kentucky – Louisville.

Sewing schools – Kentucky – Louisville.

Social settlements – Kentucky – Louisville.

Team sports – Kentucky – Louisville.

Teenagers – Services for – Kentucky – Louisville.

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