Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston

Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 30 Dec 1946 (aged 88)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section G , Lot 24 , Range , Grave 12-A
Memorial ID 34134745 · View Source
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R.C. Ballard Thruston was the former president of the Filson Historical Society. Their has been no one in the history of the society who has done more to build and to preserve the collections R.C. has in dedication to Kentucky history. Much of what is in the Filson's collection is the result of Thruston's work.

On October 27, 1884, at his mother's request, Rogers Clark Ballard had his name legally changed to Thruston, by an act of the County Court in Fayette County, Kentucky, to carry on the Thruston name. He was the son of Andrew J. Ballard & Fannie " Frances " Thruston.

Over 20,000 photographs dating from 1880 to 1942, known as the Thruston Photograph Collection, is also part of the Special Collections Department. Thruston photographed scenes across many Kentucky counties, other states, and foreign countries. Of special interest are scenes and people of the eastern Kentucky mountains. Thruston was very careful about having important documents duplicated, and he made many photostat backup copies. He was responsible for having over one hundred volumes of American newspapers, including twelve volumes of the Kentucky Gazette from 1787 to 1800 and fifty volumes of the George Rogers Clark Papers from the Virginia State Library, placed in the collections.

As a result of his research, he wrote several works on George Rogers Clark, flags, and historic sites in Jefferson County. Thruston began the first pilgrimages by Filson members to historic sites in Jefferson County.

On December 30 , 1946 R.C. Ballard Thruston died, but before his death he made provisions in his will for a substantial financial gift to The Filson. Louisville will never see the like of Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston again. It was his leadership and caring nature that made The Filson what it is today. We owe much to his tireless research and preservation of records.


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  • Created by: Jason Ballard
  • Added: 23 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34134745
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston (6 Nov 1858–30 Dec 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34134745, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Jason Ballard (contributor 46942150) .