Mary Kimbrough Papers

Accession Number: MA 10:24
MA 88:27
Location:  Compton
Dates:  1942-2009
Size:  9 boxes; 4.30 cu. ft.
Creator/Collector:  Collected by Mary Kimbrough
Acquisition info: The first accession of two books was donated by Mary Kimbrough on December 13, 1988.
The second accession was donated by Mary Kimbrough’s niece, Mary Gould, on January 6, 2010.
Accruals:  No accruals are not expected.
Custodial history: The collection was assembled by Mary Kimbrough over a number of years. Kimbrough’s nieces, Mary Gould and Annette Trombly, assembled/created scrapbooks for her memorial service and included these along with other materials in the 2010 donation.
Language:  English
Processed by:  Jean Gosebrink; reprocessed by Kristina Impastato, July 2017
Conservation notes: All items placed into acid-free folders within archival boxes. Metal paper clips and staples removed and replaced with vinyl-coated paper clips where needed. Mylar sleeves used for some photos and fragile documents. Vinyl binders and plastic sleeves removed from scrapbooks and interleaved with acid free paper. Original order maintained.
Scope and Content: The collection contains scrapbooks, clippings, articles, publications, correspondence, a draft manuscript of the Veiled Prophet, a draft manuscript of the History of St. Louis Country Club, materials from the Women’s Association of the St. Louis Symphony Society and audiovisual recordings. The dated material covers the years 1942-2010 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1970-1989.
The collection contains the personal and professional papers of St. Louis journalist and writer, Mary Kimbrough (1914-2009). Born in Lebanon, Tennessee, Kimbrough was raised in Tulsa and graduated from the University of Tulsa, and began writing for the Tulsa Tribune. In 1942, she moved to St. Louis to work at the St. Louis Star-Times as the women’s page editor until the paper closed and purchased by the Post-Dispatch in 1951. She was a feature writer and advice columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By 1960, she was employed at Gardner Advertising as a copy writer and rose to Director of Public Information. By 1966, Kimbrough joined the staff of St. Louis Globe-Democrat as the women’s editor and remained with the newspaper until 1984. During retirement she remained very active in St. Louis writing articles, books and taught classes in communications and writing; she always had a project underway.
Kimbrough was a member of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women in Communication and Born Again Theta Sigs (BATS). She was named Media Person of the Year by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis in 1992.
Arrangement: Collection organized into series.
Series 1: Scrapbooks
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Women’s Association of the St. Louis Symphony Society
Series 4: Veiled Prophet Order
Series 5: St. Louis Country Club
Series 6: Audio-Visual
Series 7: Clippings
Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Permission required to reproduce images.
Remarks: Books received with the second accession and can be found in RB-Q.

Mary Kimbrough Papers
1942 - 2009
2 legal Hollingers,1 record storage carton, 1 flat storage Hollinger, 4 clamshell boxes, 1 clamshell media box; 4.30 cu. ft.

Box/Folder Description
   Box 1: Scrapbooks
 1/1  Finding Aid
 1/2  Scrapbook, Mary Kimbrough: The Tulsa Years 1936-1942
 1/3  Scrapbook, Mary Kimbrough: The Journalist, 1960-70s
   Box 2: Scrapbooks
 2/1  Scrapbook, Mary Kimbrough: Journalist and Writer, 1980-1989
   Box 2: Scrapbooks
 2A/1  Scrapbook, Mary Kimbrough: Journalist and Writer 1990s-2003
   Box 3: Correspondence
 3/1  Biographical
 3/2  Photographs, portraits and group
 3/3  Photographs, miscellaneous
 3/4  Awards
 3/5  Article manuscripts
 3/6  Association of Women in Communications
 3/7  BATS [Born Again Theta Sigs]
 3/8  Brentmoor Resident Phone Directory
 3/9  Byline: The Late Bloomers, poetry booklet 
 3/10  Charitable contributions, donations, memberships
 3/11  Christian Science
 3/12  Christmas poems and stories
 3/13  Concordia Publishing House, Assignment of Copyright, 1981-83
 3/14  Correspondence, incoming thank you letters
 3/15  Friendly Exchange
 3/16  GirlTalk, 1969-1972
 3/17  Guenther, Charles
 3/18  Herrmann, Robert
 3/19  Mary Kimbrough Writer’s Club, County Older Resident Programs
 3/20  Miscellaneous articles & notes
 3/21  Missouri Press Women
 3/22  National Federation of Press Women, Missouri Affiliate
 3/23  National Federation of Press Women, Communications Conference 2004
 3/24  National Federation of Press Women, Quest Award, 2006
 3/25  National Society of Arts & Letters
 3/26  Notebook, n.d.
 3/27  Poetry
 3/28  Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis
 3/29  Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1992 Media Person of the Year
 3/30  St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors
 3/31  St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors, STARS transcriptions
 3/32  Slay, Eugene – working draft
 3/33  Theta Sigma Phi, Golden Mirror transcript
 3/34  Theta Sigma Phi, 50th anniversary convention proceedings, 1959 
 3/35  Victory Without Violence
 3/36  Victory Without Violence", Core Project
 3/37  Victory Without Violence", interview, transcriptions and notes
 3/38  Women of Achievement, 1981, 2000
 3/39  Writing for Children
 3/40  YMCA
   Box 4: Veiled Prophet Order
 4/1  Annual Meeting 1954
 4/2  His Majesty’s Golden Book
 4/3  History of "The Order"
 4/4  Initiation Shows 1956
 4/5  Leslies Illustrated art work
 4/6  Politician Convention Show 1952
 4/7  Presentation 1955, "Cruisin on the Calhounia"
 4/8  Presentations 1957
 4/9  Outline of Order Initiation
 4/10  Show Scripts, n.d.
 4/11  Book proposals & notes
 4/12  Clippings
 4/13  Resume
 4/14  Working draft manuscript
   Box 5: Women’s Association of the St. Louis Symphony Society
 5/1  Book project and research notes
 5/2  Bylaws & Constitution
 5/3  Clippings
 5/4  Committee, Advertising
 5/5  Committee, Ambassadors/Speakers Bureau
 5/6  Committee, Chair Listings
 5/7  Committee, Express the Music
 5/8  Committee, Gypsy Caravan
 5/9  Committee, Helen Corbitt’s Symphony of Cooking
 5/10  Committee, Reports
 5/11  Committee, Symphony of Cooking
 5/12  Correspondence, Incoming
 5/13  Correspondence, Outgoing
 5/14  History
 5/15  Key Notes Newsletter
 5/16  Key Notes Photographs
 5/17  Key Notes Portraits
 5/18  KMOX Guest Book script 1931
 5/19  Newsletter, News Bulletin 1936-37
 5/20  Newsletter, Dotted Notes of the Junior Division 1939-40
 5/21  Newsletter, Tempo 1961-1963
 5/22  Newsletter, Women’s Association of the Saint Louis Symphony Society 1973-1982
 5/23  Nominating Slates
 5/24  Yearbook 1999-2000
   Box 6: Audio-Visual
 6/-  1 VHS tape, Veiled Prophet Ball 2000
 6/-  1 VHS tape, Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, Media Person of the Year 1992
 6/-  1 VHS tape, Ad Club of St. Louis “100 Year History”, October 2001
 6/-  2 cassettes, Scott Joplin
 6/-  1 cassette, Sym [Symphony] Scott
 6/-  1 cassette, Sym [Symphony] book
   Box 7: Clippings
 7/1  biographical clippings
 7/2  Friendly Exchange, 1982, 1985, 1992
 7/3  Mature American, 1988
 7/4  St. Louis Commerce, 1986
 7/5  St. Louis Globe Digest, 1989
 7/6  St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1969-1979 
 7/7  St. Louis Globe-Democrat Sunday Magazine, 1974-1985
 7/8  St. Louis Globe-Democrat Sunday Magazine, Man of the Year, 1975-1993
 7/9  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1952-1960 
 7/10  St. Louis Star-Times, n.d.
 7/11  Senior Circuit, 1992-2001
 7/12  The Second Fifty Forum, 1987
 7/13  The Second Fifty Forum, 1987
   Box 8: St. Louis Country Club
 8/1  Bellefontaine Cemetery
 8/2  Clippings
 8/3  Club history
 8/4  Clubhouse history
 8/5  Correspondence
 8/6  Deeds and maps, copies
 8/7  Golf Course history
 8/8  Homes on Club grounds
 8/9  Interview with Mrs. Horton Watkins
 8/10  Membership directory, 1980
 8/11  Notes from Country Club minutes 
 8/12  Working draft manuscript, History of the St. Louis Country Club
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