Size: 53 boxes, 133 folders

Span Dates: 1865-1991                       Bulk Dates: 1950-1985

Accession Number(s):

Creator: Bogardus, Carl R., 1906-1922

Summary: The collection consists of Carl R. Bogardus' compilation of various Ohio River memorabilia and research as well as literary manuscripts, research files, photographs, and news clippings about steamboats and other riverboats.


Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research access.

Use Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. The User assumes full responsibility and any attendant liability for the fair use of materials requested in total compliance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) that may arise through the use of any requested materials.

Preferred Citation: [Box #, Folder #], MS-26, Carl R. Bogardus Ohio River Collection, Eva G. Farris Special Collections, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University.

Separated Materials: Bogardus donated a large book collection focusing on the Ohio River and steamboats.

Processing Information:
processed by Melanie McSwain Adolphson, 2004
Finding aid migration, Fall 2014.


Paddle steamers.
River boats—Ohio River—History.
River boats—Ohio River—Pictorial works.

Bogardus, Carl R., 1906-1992
Brown, Claude
Way, Frederick, Jr., 1901-1992

Geographic Location(s):

Kentucky River
Markland Dam
New Albany (Ind.)
Ohio River
Warsaw (Ind.)


The collection consists of Carl R. Bogardus' compilation of various Ohio River memorabilia and research. The collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, literary manuscripts, and framed artwork pertaining to Ohio River history. It also has navigational charts and photographs of the Ohio River. A large portion of the collection is dedicated to riverboat and steamboat research. There are hundreds of prints of riverboats identified by their corresponding entry in Frederick Way’s Way’s Packet Directory. The collection also contains a significant amount of newspaper clippings, magazines, and journals.


Carl R. Bogardus was a native of Warsaw, Indiana. He attended the University of Louisville for medical school and graduated in 1930. After practicing medicine for several decades in Austin, Indiana, he returned to Warsaw in 1977 upon retirement. Bogardus was an avid Ohio River history collector, writer, and local historian. He published several books about his historical research and contributed a column titled “Glimpses of the Past” to the weekly Gallatin County News (Kentucky). He passed away in 1992.