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Young Ewing Allison Papers


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Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932

The son of Scotch-Irish parents, Young Ewing Allison was born at Henderson, Ky., on December 23, 1853. He established the first daily newspaper in Henderson, The Chronicle, at the age of 19. In 1880 he moved to Louisville to become city editor of The Courier-Journal. He was a co-founder of the Insurance Field, an insurance trade publication, in 1897, and for thirty-three years he served as its editor-in chief, president, or board chairman. Allison also wrote the librettos of several operas, such as The Ogallalas, which was the first American Indian and Scout opera, and wrote a small volume on novel reading called The Delicious Vice. Allison wrote about music and for musical publications, and on many other subjects, both literary and artistic.

Consists of two typed manuscripts by Allison, correspondence with his friend Eleanor Bowman, three pamphlets, clippings, and printed material. The first manuscript, "Insurance on Noah's Ark", was written in 1897; the second, an "Unfinished Autobiography of Young E. Allison" found by his sister, Susan Allison, is inscribed: "Presented to Miss Eleanor Bowman by her friend and Mr. Allison's Friend, William Fortune, December 23, 1932."

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Gift of Eleanor Bowman on May 20, 1965 (AM18607).

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Finding aid written by James Flannery in January 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Insurance on Noah's Ark, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

An Unfinished Autobiography of Young E. Allison, 1932 December 23. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1923-1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Ephemera, Pamphlets, and Clippings, 1927-1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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