Bridwell (Margaret M.) (1905-1973) papers, 1957-1971

Descriptive Summary

Bridwell (Margaret M.) (1905-1973) papers, 1957-1971
Bridwell, Margaret M., 1905-1973
3.5 linear ft.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Margaret Bridwell, researcher and writer on Kentucky and Louisville history, was art librarian at the University of Louisville from 1957 to 1970. Her papers include research files and manuscripts, as well as her published articles and pamphlets. The most extensive files are on historic preservation in Louisville, particularly the Old Louisville neighborhood. Bridwell was among those who helped bring this historic neighborhood and its many examples of Victorian domestic architecture to national attention. The files also document her work with the Arts Club of Louisville, including a history of the organization Bridwell wrote in 1956, her activity with the Historic Markers Commission in 1962, research on Louisville public school buildings, and her research on pioneer filmmaker D. W. Griffith. That material, arranged in scrapbooks, includes letters of reminiscence from Griffith's relatives and acquaintances, clippings and programs, and is also available on microfilm in the University Archives. Among numerous other projects Bridwell compiled extensive notes on silversmiths in Kentucky, researched the settlement of Louisville in the 18th century, and revived interest in Kentucky photographer Kate Matthews (see also Kate Matthews collection) with a 1963 exhibition Kate Matthews and the Little Colonel. In addition to these research files the Bridwell papers contain her personal correspondence, including four scrapbooks with letters from poet Madeline Cundiff Covi and art historian Dario Covi written between 1958 and 1972, a file of correspondence from artist William Spratling from 1964 to 1965, and family letters regarding World War II.