Whipple, H. George S. (1823-1884) Papers, 1848-1948 (bulk: 1848-1884)

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Whipple, H. George S., 1823-1884

Title:  Papers, 1848-1948 (bulk: 1848-1884)

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

Size of Collection:  0.33 cubic feet

Location Number:  Mss. A W574a

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the musical and theatrical interests of H. George S. Whipple, a music instructor in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid-19th century.  The collection includes copies of two original plays written by Whipple: “Night and Morning” and “Coupon Bonds”.  “Night and Morning” is noteworthy for its portrayal of female characters and an Irish servant, while “Coupon Bonds” is a moral tale, exploring the community’s obligation to soldiers returning home from war.  The collection also documents the arts scene in Louisville and the Ohio Valley region, though various broadsides, theater and concert programs, sheet music, and song cards.

 Related collections:

Whipple, H. George S., b. ca. 1822. Letters, 1859-1880.  (Mss. A W574)

Hiram George Sims Whipple letter, 26 August 1863.  (Mss. C W)

Parks, Anna. Receipt to Anna Parks from H. G. G. Whipple for $1.00 in payment for 1 quarter’s lessons in Singing Class, dated at Louisville, Jan. 1860.  (Mss. C P)


Biographical Note

H. George S. Whipple was born in Massachusetts in 1823. He married Mary Josselyn (b. ca. 1830) in 1859 and they had one child, Kittie, born in 1861. Whipple established a musical career in Louisville, Kentucky, where he taught music privately. He also taught music in the public schools, including Female High School, and was employed as an organist/choirmaster by several local churches in Louisville.  Whipple died in 1884 and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.


Folder List

Folder 1:  Original plays by Whipple, 1873, undated

Folder 2:  Broadsides, 1854-1904

Folder 3:  Theater programs, 1879-1882

Folder 4:  Concert programs, 1869-1948

Folder 5:  Sheet music, 1848-1883, undated

Folder 6:  Song cards, 1906-1913

Folder 7:  Miscellaneous, 1855, undated


Subject Headings



Irish Americans.

Louisville (Ky.) – Social life and customs.

Louisville (Ky.) – Songs and music.

Louisville Girls High School, 1856-1950.

Louisville Opera House (Louisville, Ky.)

Macauley’s Theater (Louisville, Ky.)

Mozart Hall (Louisville, Ky.)

Musicians – Kentucky.

Opera – Kentucky – Louisville.

Popular music – 20th century.

Sexism and literature.

Sheet music.


Southern Exposition (Louisville, Ky.)

Teachers – Employment – Kentucky.

Theater – Kentucky – Louisville.

Theater programs – United States.

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Theater and the war.

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