Dr. Thomas L. Owen Louisville’s best-known historian and Archivist for Regional History in the Archives and Special Collections division at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Owen is a Professor of Libraries (Term) at the University of Louisville. Owen works to preserve and make available records that document the University’s history, as well as the history of the Louisville area.
Owen writes on history topics for area newspapers and magazines. He has written biographical sketches of the Kentucky Governors and an article on “Louisville” for the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Tom produced a series of television sketches on local historical sites for public television and for many years produced “Sidewalks,” a weekly radio feature for WFPK-FM.
Tom Owen teaches state and local history in the classroom, in talks and workshops, and on walking, bike, bus and boat tours. He served as a consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He has produced six videos in a series called “Tom Owen’s Louisville” on the history of neighborhood life in this region.