Louisville Cement Company Papers, 1884-2004

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Louisville Cement Company Papers

Paper: 1884-2004

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

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Location Number: Mss./BB/L888C

Scope and Content Note

Letters, business papers, photographs, business publications and histories of the Louisville Cement Company. The collection offers information on Sellersburg and Speed, Indiana focusing on the Louisville Cement Company. Information is also included on production of cement and concrete as well as the Speed family. Contains some information about the buyout of the company in the 1980s.

Historical Note

The Louisville Cement Company was founded in the early 1800s. Although the official company history states that the company began in 1830, records show that the company’s earliest transaction was almost twenty-five years earlier. In the 1880s, the Louisville Cement Company formed a trust, the Union Cement Association (later the Western Cement Association), with four other local cement manufacturers. Through most of the twentieth-century, the Louisville Cement Company was a success in the cement industry and invented Brixment, a cement designed specifically for use as mortar between bricks and concrete blocks. In the mid-1980s, the Louisville Cement Company was bought out by Coplay Cement Company of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of the French owned company, Societe des Ciments Francais.

Folder List

Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1884-1919

Folder 2: Scrapbook, 1920-1929

Folder 3: Scrapbook, 1930-1954

Folder 4: Scrapbook, 1955-1969

Folder 5: Scrapbook, 1969-2004

Folder 6: Miscellaneous, 1927-2004

Subject Headings

Business enterprises – Indiana – Clark County

Canals – Kentucky – Louisville


Clark County (Ind.)


Locks (Hydraulic engineering) – Kentucky – Louisville

Louisville (Ky.) – History

Louisville Cement Company (Louisville, Ky.)

Sellersburg (Ind.) – History

Speed (Ind.) – History

Speed family

Speed, James, 1866

Speed, Joshua F. (Joshua Fry), 1814-1882

Speed, William Shallcross, 1873-1955

University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.) – History

Western Cement Association

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