Held by The Filson Historical Society
Title: Invitation Collection, 1843-1993
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department.
Size of Collection: 1.33 cubic feet
Location Number: Mss. A I62
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains invitations dating from 1843 to 1993, as well as a few announcements and event programs. The collection contains over 300 items organized by type of event into five categories: Ceremonies and Meetings, Social Events and Parties, Weddings and Anniversaries, Funerals, and Other/Unknown. Invitations are organized by date within these categories.
Most of the invitations are from the Louisville area, but some are from other cities in Kentucky, including Frankfort, Lexington, Paris, Owensboro, Anchorage, La Grange, Danville, Harrodsburg, Bardstown, Winchester, and Glasgow. Many are also from other states, including Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, New York, and others.
Included are invitations to presidential and gubernatorial inaugurations, building openings and dedications, graduation commencement ceremonies, organization meetings, balls, banquets, holiday parties, weddings, funerals, and many other types of events.
This collection is a transfer from the Filson’s library collection. An index is available.
This collection represents many major events that happened in Louisville and surrounding cities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Events of national significance include the inauguration ceremonies of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, as well as the dedication of the 1893 World’s Columbian Commission. An invitation to a reception held at Bowman Field in honor of aviator Charles Lindbergh after his transatlantic flight is also included.
Local events include commencement ceremonies for the Louisville Girls High School, Male High School, Nazareth College, Kentucky State College, the Kentucky Military Institute, and others. High-society events from the 1950s and 1960s include debutante balls given by the Spinsters Cotillion Club and the Coronation Ball of the Pegasus Queen as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival.
The collection also provides a glimpse into more everyday customs and styles through private events such as dinners, weddings, picnics, club meetings, church gatherings, and funerals.
Folder 1: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1871-1910
Folder 2: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1924-1936
Folder 3: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1938-1949
Folder 4: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1951-1959
Folder 5: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1960-1962
Folder 6: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1963-1968
Folder 7: Ceremonies and Meetings, 1969-1977 and undated
Folder 8: Social Events and Parties, 1843-1890
Folder 9: Social Events and Parties, 1892-1931
Folder 10: Social Events and Parties, 1933-1954
Folder 11: Social Events and Parties, 1956-1959
Folder 12: Social Events and Parties, 1960-1961
Folder 13: Social Events and Parties, 1962-1963
Folder 14: Social Events and Parties, 1964-1965
Folder 15: Social Events and Parties, 1966
Folder 16: Social Events and Parties, 1967-1968
Folder 17: Social Events and Parties, 1969-1970
Folder 18: Social Events and Parties, 1971-1985 and undated
Folder 19: Weddings and Anniversaries, 1868-1884
Folder 20: Weddings and Anniversaries, 1886-1890
Folder 21: Weddings and Anniversaries, 1891-1899
Folder 22: Weddings and Anniversaries, 1902-1936
Folder 23: Weddings and Anniversaries, 1938-1970 and undated
Folder 24: Funerals, 1858-1927 and undated
Folder 25: Other/Unknown Type of Event
Debutante Balls – Kentucky – Louisville.
Funeral rites and ceremonies.
Holidays – Kentucky – Louisville.