McDowell, Robert Emmett (1914-1975) and Neal O. Hammon (1925-) Research Collection, 1954-1976

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Robert Emmett McDowell (1914-1975) and Neal O. Hammon (1925 – )

Title: Research Collection, 1954-1976

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

Size of Collection: 1 oversize box, (2.5 cubic feet)

Location Number: Mss./A/M138e

Biographical Note

Robert Emmett McDowell (1914-1975) was born in Oklahoma but adopted Kentucky as his home after attending the University of Louisville. He was a novelist and historian. He contributed works in many genres including: science fiction, detective novels and history. His writings combined his love of Kentucky and history. In 1962 he wrote City of Conflict , a history of Civil War Louisville, Ky. His ancestors were Kentucky pioneers and this fostered in him an interest in pioneer Kentucky and Daniel Boone. He was a contributor to the Filson Club History Quarterly throughout his career and from 1971 to 1975 he edited publications for the Filson Club. In his later years he became involved with promoting Kentucky tourism and partnered with the Kentucky Department of Parks in creating literature to boost tourism. McDowell married Audrea Adams. The couple had one son Robert Emmett McDowell III. McDowell died in Louisville in 1975.

Neal O. Hammon (1925-) is a Louisville architect, writer, and historian. Neal O Hammon spent the early part of his architectural career working with his father, Louisville architect Stratton Hammon. He has always had a keen interest in Kentucky history, particularly the history of pioneer Kentucky and Daniel Boone. He has authored two books, Virginia’s Western War 1775-1786 and Daniel Boone and the Defeat at Blue Licks . He served as editor for two volumes, My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone and Early Kentucky Land Records 1773-1780. Additionally, Hammon has contributed many articles to the Filson Club History Quarterly and the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society .

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes printed and hand-drawn maps, a property survey, an aerial photo, an architectural plan drawn by McDowell and a copy of a newspaper article. The printed maps include: Kentucky Geological Survey Maps, USGS topographic maps of Kentucky, Kentucky highway maps. The drawn maps were created by Neal O. Hammon. Titles include: “Unfinished Map of Kentucky 1785,” “Virginia and the North Carolina Frontier Circa 1780,” and “Central Kentucky 1786.” Some of the maps created by Hammon were printed on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paper. The drawn maps appear to relate to their research on Kentucky roadways and the history of frontier Kentucky and Daniel Boone. The highway maps are attributed to McDowell’s work for the Kentucky Department of Parks.

List of Folders

Folder 1: Floor plans for a house drawn by Robert E. McDowell; n.d.

Folder 2: “County-Town Kentucky: Map No. 6515,” American Map Co. Inc; n.d.

Folder 3: “Geological Map of KY,” UK KY Geological Survey; 1954 (

Folder 4: “Winslow, W.Va. & Barboursville Quadrangle,” WV and OH (taped together) USGS topographical maps; 1957

Folder 5: Aerial photo of Oxmoor Estate and Sturgis Station, Bowman-Park Aero Co.; n.d.

Folder 6: Photostatic copy of the News and Observer Raleigh , NC 20, October 1935, pg.4; 1968

Folder 7: “State of Kentucky,” USGS; 1976

Folder 8: “Unfinished Map of Kentucky Circa 1785,” January 1969

Folder 9: “Unfinished Map of Kentucky Circa 1785,” with color added; Jan. 1969

Folder 10: “Virginia & N.C. Frontier – 1780,” n.d.

Folder 11: “Central Kentucky 1786,” n.d.

Folder 12: “Composite Drawing from Old Surveys (circa 1800), Franklin Dist. Court,” n.d.

Folder 13: “East-Central U. S. Hist. Map 1750-1790,” by Neal O. Hammon; Nov. 1968

Folder 14: “Boundary Survey of the David Wills Property near Brooks, KY,” by E. A. Gailbreath; 9, March 1972

Folder 15: “Mount Washington Quadrangle, KY,” topo map; 1959

Folder 16: “Shepherdsville, KY,” topo map; 1949

Folder 17: “Brooks, KY,” topo map; 1959

Folder 18: “Samuels Quadrangle, KY,” topo; 1949

Folder 19: Sketches of pioneer roads, forts, and settlements including Wilderness Road; n.d.

Folder 20: “1774-1775 Surveys,” Franklin Co., KY, by Neal O. Hammon; 1974

Folder 21: “Survey at the Falls 1774,” by Neal O. Hammon; n.d.

Folder 22: Kentucky Department of Highways county maps; 1955-1966

Folder 23: Kentucky Tours; n.d.

Subject Headings

Abdullah, Achmed, 1881-1945

Aerial photography – Kentucky – Louisville

Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820

Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820 – Travel

Bowman-Park Aero Company (Louisville, Ky.)

Falls of the Ohio (Ky. and Ind.) – Historical geography – Maps

Frankfort (Ky.)

Franklin County (Ky.)

Frontier and pioneer life – Kentucky

Hammon, Neal O., 1925-

Historians – Kentucky

Indians of North America – Maps

Kentucky – Historical geography

Kentucky – History – 18th century

Kentucky – History – Maps

Kentucky – Maps, Topographic

Kentucky – Maps, Tourist

Kentucky – Surveys

Louisville (Ky.) – History – Maps


McDowell, Robert Emmett, 1914-1975

North Carolina – History – Maps

Oxmoor (Ky.) – Photographs

Pioneers – Kentucky – Maps

Roads – Kentucky

Roads – Kentucky – Maps

Tourism – Kentucky

Virginia – History – Maps

West Virginia – Maps, Topograpic

Wilderness Road

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