Kentucky Archives Feeds

Nathaniel Lucas Home, Warren County, Ky.
Nathaniel Lucas Home, Warren County, Ky. Tucked in with a large collection of genealogy research on the Helm family (think WKU’s Margie Helm Library) recently donated to the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives of WKU’s Department of Library Special Collections was this little sketch, made in 1883 by an English visitor to [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 3:49:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
On July 17, 2017, the library hosted 46 students from the WKU Summer Start program. This program is a new offering that lets first-year first-time freshmen start college a month early. The students take two classes in order to create effective study habits and begin experiencing college before the fall semester [...]
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 3:24:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
John Rowan; The Code reduced to writing in 1858
John Rowan; The Code reduced to writing in 1858 This week in 1804 saw one of the most famous duels in American history when, on July 11, Vice President Aaron Burr faced down his bitter rival, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, who died the next day of his wounds, had offended Burr’s honor [...]
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 9:10:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart was on the final leg of her attempt to circumnavigate the globe when her plane disappeared over the Pacific on July 2, 1937.  Amid recent news of yet another claim that she might have survived her presumed crash into the ocean, we recall Earhart’s visit to Bowling [...]
Fri, Jul 07, 2017 9:20:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
As part of the “Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center” CLIR funded grant, UK SCRC has completed processing the Commission on Religion in Appalachia records collection. The re-housing and description of these files were finished with the [...]
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 1:01:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce the following collections have been digitized and are now available on ExploreUK.General Roger Williams papers, 2008ms013 The General Roger Williams papers (dated 1823-1991, bulk 1898-1929; 62 cubic feet; 149 [...]
Tue, May 02, 2017 9:52:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
I would like to give a shout out to James Harrigan, Grace Beck and their English 151 Honors professor Dr. Tamara O’Callaghan. James and Grace gave a presentation to the Board of Regents last Wednesday about research they did in the fall of 2016 which they developed into poster presentations [...]
Mon, May 01, 2017 3:18:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
​University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce the following collections have been organized and are now available on ExploreUK.Commission on Religion in Appalachia records, 1997ms352 The Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) records (dated 1935-1998, undated; 185.8 cubic feet; 178 record storage boxes, 5 half-sized [...]
Mon, May 01, 2017 9:43:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
The University of Kentucky is celebrating its 152ndanniversary this year, commemorating over a century’s worth of esteemed history and memories. The Special Collections Research Center is home to photographic collections documenting the University of Kentucky’s development from its origins as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky University, to present [...]
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
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What are we, the University Libraries, all about? What do we do, and what is our story? Discover. Create. Succeed. These three words describe our patrons’ process of interaction with the Libraries. They evoke the wonder and excitement of learning, the reciprocal interaction between finding material and turning it into scholarship, and [...]
Thu, Dec 01, 2016 2:54:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Join Special Collections and University Archives on Thursday, March 31 from 12:30-1:30pm in Steely Library Room 102 for Democracy Square LIVE!, co-hosted with The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. The discussion will examine difficult historical knowledge brought to light in “When Covington, Kentucky Executed an Innocent Man: the Legal [...]
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 11:44:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
One of the most rewarding aspects of working in Special Collections and University Archives is seeing how users, near and far, connect with the materials that we carefully preserve. They never cease to amaze us with their creativity and scholarship! Last spring a production company contacted us after discovering an artifact [...]
Fri, Mar 04, 2016 9:36:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
In an era when tablets and screens compete to replace printed media, it seems important to understand the pleasures and physical intricacies of books. Two exhibits focused on bookbinding structures, held at UofL’s Archives and Special Collections (ASC) and Bridwell Art libraries, aim to enlighten visitors on these pleasures. The [...]
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 11:05:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
By Tom Owen, Archivist for Regional History, Archives and Special Collection Last September, I returned from vacation to find on my desk chair a file folder of fifteen or so miscellaneous archival items related to African-American history. They had been left there by Donna Woods, the niece of a committed [...]
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 5:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
On Friday, the Libraries says goodbye to a familiar, friendly member of the technical crew. Sahab Bolhari, a student worker with the Libraries’ Office of Libraries Technology (OLT), has been hired as a Technical Specialist with the History, Anthropology and Geography/Geosciences departments, and begins work on January 11. Highly proficient, congenial, [...]
Thu, Jan 07, 2016 5:08:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
The Fort Pitt Museum, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is currently borrowing the portrait of Colonel James Smith from the Warren J. Shonert Americana Collection in Special Collections for their outstanding exhibit, Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th Century Frontier. In a recent blog post, exhibit specialist Mike [...]
Mon, Jan 04, 2016 4:34:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
While we wait for the new Kentuckiana Digital Library to display Kentucky's historic newspapers, we continue digitizing new collections behind the scenes. Coming soon will be 50,000+ pages of Civil War era Kentucky newspapers. One of the most beautiful mastheads belongs to the Louisville Industrial and Commercial Gazette. We'll have [...]
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:47:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Our friends at the Rural Blog have provided a resource for 9/11 Remembrances that includes newspapers from KY, some of which were scanned from UK collections then assembled at the KY Press Association's site. [...]
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 1:53:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
More and more people are discovering the joy - and convenience - of digitized newspapers. Take, for example, professor and author Stephen Mihm's New York Times article The Biographer’s New Best Friend. Mihm's outlines biographer James McGrath Morris' search for all things Joseph Pulitzer and how, through the technology of [...]
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 1:31:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
It's an exciting time to be involved with digital archives, digital curation, digital stewardship, digital preservation, digital collection development, well....digital everything! To bring the issues surrounding digital work, the folks at (I'm assuming) the University of Virginia have called for a Day of Digital Archives on October 6, 2011. "The [...]
Thu, Sep 08, 2011 11:45:00 AM, Continue reading at the source