McTighe, John W. (1949-2005) Papers, 1845-2005

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: John W. McTighe, 1949-2005

Title: Papers, 1845-2005

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

Size of Collection: 2 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss. A/M/175a

Biographical Note

John William McTighe was born on July 27, 1949 in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Science in history in May of 1972. In 1977, McTighe began working as an Assembler at the Ford Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky. While employed with Ford, he became involved in the local union and served as a UAW (Local 862) committeeperson. In August of 1990, he received a Master’s degree from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Louisville. His thesis for this degree, The Barefoot Boy on the Parkway: A History of the Local Union, was published in 1991. McTighe received a second Master’s degree from the Department of Sociology at the University of Louisville in 1995, and completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Western Michigan in 2002. His dissertation was entitled, The Origin and Development of a Systemic Growth Regime in Louisville, Kentucky, 1848-1933 . McTighe died of a heart attack on December 1, 2005.

Scope and Content Note

John W. McTighe gathered the materials in this collection while completing his dissertation, Economic Development and Social Diversity: The Origin and Composition of a Systemic Growth Regime in Louisville, Kentucky, 1897-1933 . This collection contains copies of newspaper, journal, and magazine articles along with excerpts from theses and dissertations related to Louisville history and economic concerns. The papers also include copies of city directories, membership registers for Louisville clubs, and McTighe’s own list of Louisville “elites.” In addition, a manuscript copy of McTighe’s thesis for the University of Louisville Department of Sociology and his miscellaneous research notes are contained in this collection. A bound copy of his dissertation can be found in The Filson Historical Society Library.

List of Folders


Folder 1: McTighe’s Thesis, May 1995

Folder 2: McTighe’s Thesis, May 1995

Folder 3: McTighe’s Bibliography

Folder 4: McTighe’s Notes

Subject Files – Arranged Alphabetically

Folder 5: African Americans in Louisville, 1909-1928

Folder 6: African Americans in Louisville, 1940-1995

Folder 7: Board of Trade, 1902-1923

Folder 8: Brown, James B. & The Herald-Post, 1922-1940

Folder 9: Elite List

Folder 10: Elite List

Folder 11: Jews in Louisville, 1901-2001

Folder 12: Jockey Club, September 15, 1921 – April 1974

Folder 13: Kentucky Irish American , 1901-1920

Folder 14: Knights of Columbus, 1926

Folder 15: Knights Templar, 1909-1924

Folder 16: Louisville Business & Labor, 1851-1979

Folder 17: Louisville Clubs & Societies – Histories & Membership Lists, 1898-1941

Folder 18: Louisville Clubs – Newspaper Articles, January 1, 1917-July 1939

Folder 19: Louisville Election Case, 1905

Folder 20: Louisville Election Case, 1905

Folder 21: Louisville Election Case, 1905

Folder 22: Louisville Elites, 1920-1957

Folder 23: Louisville Factory Fund Campaign, December 16, 1915-1928

Folder 24: Louisville Federation of Labor, June 22, 1903 – January 23, 1905

Folder 25: Louisville Gas and Electric Company, June 15, 1924 – 1988

Folder 26: Louisville Lodge No. 25, October 8, 1908- July 1, 1933

Folder 27: Louisville Politics, 1900?-1979

Folder 28: Louisville and Portland Canal, 1845-1851

Folder 29: Louisville Society Directories, 1898-1930

Folder 30: Masons, 1900-1903

Folder 31: Mayors & Board of Alderman

Folder 32: Pendennis Club, 1914-November 16, 1940

Folder 33: Social Welfare & Charitable Organizations, 1906- May 23, 1923

Folder 34: Ucinet IV User’s Guide

Folder 35: Ucinet IV Reference Manual

Folder 36: Ucinet V User’s Guide

Folder 37: University of Louisville, 1909-1939

Research Material – Arranged by Document Type

Folder 38: Book Excerpts, General, 1974-1994

Folder 39: Book Excerpts, Louisville History, 1896-1942

Folder 40: Book Excerpts, Louisville History, February 1945-1980

Folder 41: Book Excepts, Who’s Who in Kentucky, 1936

Folder 42: City Directories, 1903-1929

Folder 43: Dissertation – Finch, Cloyd Herbert. Organized Labor in Louisville,Kentucky, 1880-1914 , 1965. (Chps. 1-4), 1965

Folder 44: Dissertation – Finch, Cloyd Herbert. Organized Labor in Louisville,Kentucky, 1880-1914 , 1965. (Chps. 5-9), 1965

Folder 45: Journal Articles from The Filson Club History Quarterly, 1941-1979

Folder 46: Journal Articles from The Filson Club History Quarterly, July 1999-October 1999

Folder 47: Journal Articles, Kentucky History, 1976

Folder 48: Journal Articles, Louisville history, March 1958-May 1984

Folder 49: Library Catalog Records, 2001-2003

Folder 50: Magazine Articles, 1937-January 1974

Folder 51: Magazine Articles, July 1974- October 1994

Folder 52: Newspaper Articles

Folder 53: Newspaper Articles

Folder 54: Newspaper Articles

Folder 55: Sociology Articles, 1907-2002

Folder 56: Thesis – Metcalf, George P. “The Fusion Movement in Louisville, 1905-1907,” August 1969.

Folder 57: Thesis – O’Brien, Mary Lawrence, “A Study of the Effects of Urbanization on the Institution of Slavery as it Existed in Louisville, Kentucky,” 1979.

Folder 58: Thesis – Sullivan, James P. “Civic and Business Advancement in Louisville’s Rioting Decade, 1850-1860,” 1958.

Folder 59: Thesis – Tachau, Mary K. Bonsteel. “Milton Hannibal Smith and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad,” 1958.

Folder 60: Thesis – Wills, James T. “Louisville Politics, 1891-1897,” 1966. (Chp. 1-5)

Folder 61: Theses/Dissertations/Student Papers, 1939-May 1990

Folder 62: Miscellaneous Materials

Subject Headings

African Americans – Kentucky – Louisville

Clubs – Kentucky – Louisville

Jews – Kentucky – Louisville – History

Louisville (Ky.) – Economic conditions

Louisville (Ky.) – Politics and government

Louisville (Ky.) – Social conditions

Louisville Board of Trade

Louisville Gas and Electric Company (Ky.)

McTighe, John W. (John William) 1949-2005

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