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Letter from the Emersons, 1822
Letter from the Emersons, 1822 Like his three brothers, Romanus Emerson (1782-1852) seemed destined for the ministry, but a speech impediment sent the New Hampshire native instead to work as a carpenter and merchant in Boston.  A cousin of transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, Romanus remained a devout Baptist until his 50s [...]
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 10:50:00 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
Event Flyer
Event Flyer David Bettez is the retired Director of the Office of International Programs at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  Born in Portland, Maine he moved to Kentucky when his father was transferred there by IBM.  After attending parochial and public schools he moved to Indiana to attend the University [...]
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 4:24:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
UK Libraries is conducting its LibQual Survey! Take 5 minutes to help tell us how we are doing and where we can improve. UK students are eligible to win an iPad Air! [...]
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 1:23:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Valentine to William Carson
Valentine to William Carson On this Valentine’s Day, here is our most spectacular, and probably oldest (ca. 1850) appeal to the affections — in this case (we think) of one Mr. William Carson — from a “love sick Maid.”  Measuring a full 12 inches in diameter, its verse begins on the [...]
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 12:26:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Title Panel for the Milling Around Exhibit in Library Special Collections. Western Kentucky University’s Department of Library Special Collections is pleased to present “Milling Around: Flour in Our Cupboard,” an exhibit that features forty of the nearly two hundred Kentucky flour bags from its collection.  The bags with bold and bright [...]
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 5:20:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
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
Everybody loves historic photographs, right? Check out these fantastic additions to ExploreUK!James Walters photograph collection on Balkan, 1910-1912 Above: “Men and women being baptized, original, undated“Lexington, Kentucky photograph albums, 1866-1940 Above: “Northeast corner of Short and Market Streets, undated” (This area now is the parking lot across Short Street [...]
Thu, Dec 01, 2016 10:50:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
This fall, several World War I collections were digitized and made available on ExploreUK in anticipation of the 100 year anniversary of “The Great War”. These collections are also available in person at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Tandy M. Pryor photographs collection (2004av053): (dated circa [...]
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM, 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
Book Cover
Along with the NKU community, University Archives is celebrating the launch of Northern Kentucky University: A Panoramic History, a new book featuring panoramic photographs by professional photographer Tom Schiff along with historical photos of the University. Tonight’s event will take place on the 3rd floor of W. Frank Steely Library from 6-8pm. Working [...]
Thu, Nov 05, 2015 11:23:00 AM, 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, 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