Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Dorr family
Title: Added Papers, 1836-1979 (bulk: 1900-1979)
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: 2.0 cu. ft.
Location Number: Mss. A D716a
Scope and Content Note
Papers consist of correspondence, greeting cards, business records, genealogical materials, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous materials compiled by the Dorr family. Papers were largely created and compiled by William Meriwether Dorr (1896-1978), June Mitchell Dorr (1907-1989), and their son, Samuel “Sam” Dorr (1943-).
Folders 1-11 consist of correspondence to William Meriwether Dorr, 1901-1979, chiefly from Edwin S. Gorham (a New York book seller), Dorr’s mother Hannah Dorr, his sister Susan Dorr Mcpherson, Alice Quaid (a friend living in Washington, D. C.), his second wife June Mitchell Dorr, and their son Sam Dorr.
Folders 12-18 consist of correspondence to June Mitchell Dorr, 1925-1962, chiefly from her family (including her mother Sarah Mitchell, her grandmother Elizabeth Hatcher, and her brother Ralph Mitchell), and her suitor-then-husband William Meriwether Dorr. A small amount of material related to the death of her brother, Francis Mitchell, in a plane crash and greeting cards from William Meriwether Dorr sent before and during their marriage are included.
Folders 19-24 consist of greeting cards dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, and letters of condolence to June Dorr upon the death of William Meriwether Dorr. Many of these cards were sent between members of the Dorr family to each other.
Folder 25 consists of a few personal notes, undated, created by William Meriwether Dorr describing his thoughts on his two marriages, and how his use of alcohol affected his life; these are identified as a “diary” in the folder list.
Folders 26-27 consists of business papers, 1845-1901, chiefly related to land ownership, mortgages, and taxation in Louisville, Kentucky. These papers were likely compiled in the course of genealogical research.
Folder 28 consists of poems, a small amount of prose erotica, rules for a strategy game, and an address by James A. Dorr entitled “Justice to the South.”
Folder 29 consists of recipes for various sweets, pigeon, and a cure for cholera.
Folder 30 consists of newspaper clippings, mostly undated, and chiefly consisting of genealogical material such as obituaries or family members mentioned in the news.
Folder 31 consists of miscellaneous material, largely undated. There is material related to Harvard College and University, a book plate for John P. Hazen of Boston, Massachusetts, and various catalogs and programs.
Folder 32 consists of ephemera such as business cards, political ephemera, a prescription for whiskey, paper dolls and a tracing book, religious ephemera, selective service registration cards, and a 25 March 1869 passport made out to Samuel Dorr.
Folder 33-43 consists of genealogical material concerning a wide variety of families including the Chipman, Dorr, Drake, Hazen, McLean, Mengel, Meriwether, Mitchell, Price, Ransom, Warren, White, Wilson, and Winslow families. There is additional material for a number of families which do not appear to be closely related to the Dorr family.
Folder 44 consists of five issues of Twenty-One, 1935-1936, the Journal of the American Institute of Banking.
Volume 45 consists of a list of books read by William Meriwether Dorr, 1922-1974.
Volume 46 consists of fashion news clippings, illustrations, and church correspondence compiled by June Dorr, 1935, 1939, and undated.
Volume 47 is a scrapbook compiled by Samuel Fox Dorr, 1943-1959, which contains poems written to Sam Dorr at the time of his birth, greeting cards, theater and circus programs, photos of Sam Dorr in the church choir, menus, a 1955 issue of The Bowery News printed by the Hobo Press, picture postcards of Fort Knox, Ky., wedding photos, St. Mark’s Church material, and the scripts to various plays.
Volume 48 is a scrapbook compiled by Samuel Fox Dorr, 1960-1962, which contains material related to high school theatre, greeting cards, high school graduation, pictures of his girlfriend, menus, vacation photos, and material related to the University of Kentucky.
Volume 49 is a compendium of poems transcribed by William Meriwether Dorr with some illustrations and photographs, 1962, and undated.
Volume 50 consists of what appear to be original poems written by William Meriwether Dorr, undated.
Volume 51 consists of a narrative description of the Meriwether family genealogy, and excerpts from the Page and Hughes family books describing their genealogy, undated.
Volume 52 is a book of sketches by William Wilson Mitchell (father of June Mitchell Dorr), undated.
Folder 53 contains photocopies of loose photos found in the collection. The original photos were transferred to The Filson Photo Collection (011PC21).
Oversized 53 and 54 consist of broadsheets with images of Sam Dorr promoting First National Bank of Louisville, undated.
In the antebellum era the Dorr family lived in Massachusetts and New York, primarily working as merchants. Samuel Fox Dorr and Elizabeth Chipman Hazen married in 1835 and had two children, Samuel and Hazen. Samuel F. Dorr died in 1844, and Elizabeth Dorr moved to France shortly thereafter. Hazen Dorr died in the 1850s while a student at Harvard. Samuel Dorr, the son of Samuel F. and Elizabeth Dorr, moved to Louisville, Kentucky after the Civil War where he practiced law. Samuel Dorr (1837-1913) and Hannah Travilla Meriwether Dorr (1858-1946) married and had a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Dorr McPherson (1889-1935), and a son, William Meriwether Dorr (1896-1978).
William Meriwether Dorr began his career as a banker in 1919 with Citizen’s Fidelity Bank and Trust Company of Louisville, Kentucky, and retired in 1963. Dorr was an officer in the Louisville Chapter of the American Institute of Banking and married twice, first to Martha Long McLean (1902-????) on 5 June 1918.
William Meriwether and Martha Dorr had two children, an unnamed child who was stillborn on 30 April 1919, and William “Billy” Meriwether Dorr II (26 November 1928-1999). They were divorced sometime between 1930 and 1938.
William Meriwether Dorr remarried to June Mitchell (29 September 1907-September 1989) on 10 September 1938. June was the daughter of William Wilson Mitchell and Sarah H. Mitchell, and worked as an interior decorator and design consultant in Louisville, Kentucky.
They had a single child, Samuel “Sam” Fox Dorr, born 6 December 1943. Sam Dorr served in the United States Army and later became a banker. He married Jane Frederica Orr on 12 June 1965.
William Meriwether Dorr Correspondence
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1901-1920
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1921-1925
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1926-1927
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1928
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1929-1935
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1936
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1937
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1938
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1939-1964
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1965-1979
Folder 11: Correspondence, undated
June Dorr Correspondence, 1925-1946
Folder 12: Correspondence to June Mitchell from Her Mother and Telegrams Regarding Ralph Mitchell’s Fatal Plane Crash, 1903-1945
Folder 13: Correspondence to June Mitchell from William Meriwether Dorr, 1925-1937
Folder 14: Correspondence, Elizabeth Hatcher to June Mitchell, 1933-1939
Folder 15: Correspondence to June Dorr from Ralph Mitchell, 1933-1946
Folder 16: Correspondence to June Dorr from William Meriwether Dorr, 1937-1938
Folder 17: Correspondence to June Dorr while at Western State Hospital, 1961-1962
Folder 18: Greeting Cards to June Dorr from William Meriwether Dorr, undated
Dorr Family Correspondence (Greeting Cards)
Folder 19: Greeting Cards, 1930s-1970s
Folder 20: Greeting Cards, 1930s-1970s
Folder 21: Greeting Cards, 1930s-1970s
Folder 22: Greeting Cards, 1930s-1970s
Folder 23: Greeting Cards, 1930s-1970s
Folder 24: Greeting Cards, 1930s-1970s
Folder 25: Diary, William Meriwether Dorr, undated
Folder 26: Business Papers, 1845-1891
Folder 27: Business Papers, 1892-1901
Poems and Poetry
Folder 28: Poems, undated
Folder 29: Recipes, undated
Folder 30: News Clippings, undated
Folder 31: Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 32: Ephemera, undated
Folder 33: Genealogy, Dorr family, 1836-1889
Folder 34: Genealogy, Dorr family, 1904-1924
Folder 35: Genealogy, Dorr family, undated
Folder 36: Genealogy, Meriwether Family 1936-1939, undated
Folder 37: Genealogy, Dorr family, 1957-1972
Folder 38: Genealogy, Governor David Meriwether materials, 1847, undated
Folder 39: Genealogy, Mitchell Family, 1955-1958, undated
Folder 40: Genealogy, Hazen family, undated
Folder 41: Genealogy, Charts, undated
Folder 42: Genealogy, Miscellaneous Families Not Closely Related to the Dorr Family, undated
Folder 43: Genealogy, Miscellaneous Families Not Closely Related to the Dorr Family, undated
Folder 44: Twenty-One, 1935-1936
Volume 45: Volume: William Meriwether Dorr List of Books Read by Year, 1922-1974
Volume 46: Volume: June Dorr fashion news clippings and illustrations, church correspondence, 1935, 1939, undated
Volume 47: Samuel Fox Dorr Scrapbook, 1943-1959
Volume 48: Samuel Fox Dorr Scrapbook, 1960-1962
Volume 49: William Meriwether Dorr Compiled Poems with Illustrations, 1962, undated Volume 50: Original poems by William Meriwether Dorr, undated
Volume 51: Meriwether Family Genealogy, Excerpts from Page and Hughes Family Books, undated
Volume 52: William Wilson Mitchell Sketchbook, undated
Folder 53: Loose Photos (Photocopies) Found in the Papers, Originals Were Transferred to Filson Photo Collection (011PC21).
Oversized 54: First National Bank of Louisville Promotional Material Featuring Sam Dorr, undated
Oversized 55: First National Bank of Louisville Promotional Material Featuring Sam Dorr, undated
African Americans – Politics and government.
Aircraft accidents – Kentucky – Campbellsville.
Art, Amateur – Kentucky – Louisville.
Banks and banking – Kentucky – Louisville.
Basic training (Military education).
Birthday cards – Kentucky – Louisville.
Book catalogs – Kentucky – Louisville.
Camp Perry (Ohio).
Chipman family – Genealogy.
Christmas cards – Kentucky – Louisville.
C. B. Thompson and Company (Louisville, Ky.)
C. C. Mengel & Bro. Co. (Louisville, Ky.)
Dorr, June, 1907-1989.
Dorr, Samuel F., 1943-.
Dorr, William Meriwether, 1896-1978.
Dorr family – Genealogy.
Eagles in art.
Edwin S. Gorham, Bookseller (New York, N.Y.).
England – Description and travel.
Episcopalians – Kentucky – Louisville.
Erotica – Kentucky – Louisville.
First National Bank (Louisville, Ky.)
Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893.
Fort Dix (N.J.).
Fort Knox (Ky.).
France – Description and travel.
Get-well cards – Kentucky – Louisville.
Harvard College (1780-)
Hazen family – Genealogy.
Hughes family – Genealogy.
Italy – Description and travel.
Kentucky – Poetry.
Ku Klux Klan (1915-) – Kentucky – Louisville.
Land titles – Kentucky – Louisville.
McLean family – Genealogy.
Mengel family – Genealogy.
Meriwether, David, 1800-1893.
Meriwether family – Genealogy.
Mitchell family – Genealogy.
Moore family – Genealogy.
Mortgages – Kentucky – Louisville.
Page family – Genealogy.
Pirtle, James S. (James Speed), 1840-1919.
Presidents – United States – Election – 1920.
Price family – Genealogy.
Probate courts – Washington (D. C.).
Quaid, Alice B.
Recipes – Kentucky – Louisville.
St. Mark’s Episcopalian Church (Louisville, Ky.)
Stewart Dry Goods Co. (Louisville, Ky.)
Switzerland – Description and travel.
United States. Army – Military life.
United States. Marine Corps – Military life.
Warren family – Genealogy.
Washington (D.C.) – Description and travel.
White family – Genealogy.
Wilson family – Genealogy.
Women – Employment.
Women – Suffrage.
Zapp & Short Co. (Louisville, Ky.).