What does feminism, horse racing, veterans affairs, folk art, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra have in common? Well, they are all topics documented in the newest batch of collection guides that have been added to ExploreUK. Check out the full list below.
P.S. We’ll be announcing newly digitized content next week.
The Human/Economic Development Corporation (HEAD) records (1954-1985, undated; 64.3 cubic feet; 54 boxes and 3 flat boxes) comprises administrative, financial, project plans and reports documenting the activities of HEAD and its efforts to assist community economic development in the Appalachian region.
The Leslie Clark films (dated 1946-1949; 0.2 cubic feet; 3 reels, 1 digital file) consists of three rolls of 8mm color and black and white silent moving image film, documenting life on the University of Kentucky campus and in the city of Lexington, Kentucky.
The National Society of Arts and Letters records (dated 1949-2011, undated; 4.35 cubic feet; 4 record cartons, 1 document box) comprise conference and competition programs for the annual NSAL meeting, award fund financial reports, administrative manuals for regional chapters, and national membership directories and newsletters that document the Society's mission to support students of the performing, literary, and visual arts.
The John Alexander Joyce papers (dated 1900, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise a collection of poetry, a handwritten poem, a sketch book, and two photographs that document John Alexander Joyce, Civil War poetry, and the Civil War in Kentucky.
The Collins family papers (1781-1968, 1.68 cubic feet, 5 boxes) primarily include Lewis Collins' financial documents and correspondence. The collection also includes documents such as leases, wills, ledger sheets, genealogy notes, newspaper clippings, and obituaries of other Collins family members.
The James W. Holsinger, Jr. papers (dated 1928-1994, undated; 15 cubic feet; 15 boxes) primarily comprises reports, transcripts of congressional hearings, program updates, organizational resources, and office publications that document the operations of the US Department of Veterans Affairs from 1978-1994.
The Headley, Garr, Bassett, Lee papers (1810-2004, undated; 2.01 cubic feet; 18 boxes, 3 items) consists of diaries, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs that document members of the Headley, Garr, Bassett, Lee, and Pettit families of Lexington and Central Kentucky.
The John Bell Jones papers (dated 1880s-2017, bulk 1924-1946; 1.27 cubic feet; 4 boxes and 1 flat box) primarily comprise J.B. Jones' school work in; agriculture at the University of Kentucky, 1935-1939, Future Farmers of American-related items during the time he taught in high school, and biographical/genealogical information about Jones and his family.
The Shackelford Genealogy Collection (dated 1945-1957; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consists of copies of the Shackelford Clan Magazine. The magazine is an extensive tracing of the family from 1658 until 1957.
The Barkley Statue Advisory Committee records (dated 1960-1965, undated; 0.63 cubic feet; 2 boxes) contain correspondence, programs, audiotapes, photographs, and a marble sample documenting the commission of a statue to memorialize former Vice President Alben William Barkley, a native of Kentucky.
The Joe Downing exhibition records (dated 1957-1964, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) contains correspondence, photographs, pamphlets, invitations, and a broadside relating to a showing of Downing's artwork at Kentucky State College in 1964.
The Kentucky women's and feminist collection (dated 1970-1988, undated; 0.9 cubic feet; 2 document boxes) primarily comprises fliers, clippings, newsletters, and reports that document women's issues and feminist organizations in Kentucky in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Lexington lesbian and gay community collection (dated 1988-1997, undated; 1.01 cubic feet; 1 document box, 2 poster boxes) primarily comprises gay rights advocacy brochures, fliers, and posters by student and community organizations that reflect aspects of lesbian and gay life in Lexington, Kentucky during the late 1980s and the 1990s.
The Charles William Headley diaries (dated 1861-1918; 2 cubic feet; 2 boxes) primarily consist of 17 diaries, which document the life of horse breeder Charles William Headley and the operation of his farm, Allandale, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
The Dr. Andrew Todd family papers (dated 1789-1862; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 folder) consists of the correspondence, legal documents, and receipts of the family centered on Paris, Kentucky. The papers document family land disputes in Kentucky as well as other states, medicine in the late eighteenth century, religion, shipping and shipwrecks, and slaves and slavery in Kentucky.
The Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano (dated 1793-1802, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of a one page letter from Burr to Gano, a small lithographic portrait of Burr in 1802 when he was Vice President of the United States, and a typescript of the letter.
The Michael Bernard Gratz horse and cattle pedigree book (dated 1838-1937; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) contains entries of horses and cattle owned or bred by Michael Bernard Gratz at Canewood, his farm near Spring Station in Woodford County, Kentucky.
The Joseph L. Massie papers (dated 1907-1996, undated; 0.9 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of poetry, monograph research notes, newspaper clippings, and a notebook that document the writings of James L. Massie and William K. Massie.
The Lucy Dupuy Craig Woolfolk diaries (dated 1863-1864; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 folders) consists of two diaries documenting the daily activities and observations of Woolfolk, a resident of Woodford county, Kentucky. The collection includes a typed transcript of the diary entries. Since the diaries have torn pages and loose boards and need to be handled carefully, researchers may be advised to consult the transcripts.
The James Taylor papers (dated 1811-1812; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) includes receipts for military deserters during the War of 1812 in Kentucky. These rewards were signed several times by Colonel James Taylor, the paymaster of the Northwestern Navy Barracks.
The Ernest C. Doll Air Force diary (dated 1947-1950; 0.1 cubic foot; 1 folder) describes the career of Sergeant Doll from the time of his discharge from the US Naval Reserves to his career in the US Air Force.
The Marketing Appalachia's Traditional Community Handcrafts (MATCH) records (dated 1900-1987, bulk 1970-1987; 63.3 cubic feet; 74 boxes, 2 case folders) comprises administrative, financial, grants and loans, projects, and reports documenting the activities of MATCH and its efforts to promote development in the region through crafts and folk art.
The Anne MacKinnon coal research files (dated 1866-1977, undated; 3.23 cubic feet; 1 record carton, 11 shoe boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder) comprise photographs, research notes, grey literature, and reports that document the former Kentucky journalist's research for an unpublished book on coal and its impact on Appalachia and Kentucky communities.
The Robert Straus Escape from Custody research files (dated 1943-1975, undated; 0.75 cubic feet; 4 boxes) primarily consist of correspondence between Robert Straus and Elliott Stone, the subject of Escape from Custody. (Digital copies of these files are coming soon!)
The Ambrose Seaton family papers (dated 1787-1946, undated; 0.9 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consists of legal and financial documents, business materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and two daguerreotypes that document the Seaton family in Amherst, New Hampshire, and across the state of Kentucky from the late eighteenth to the mid twentieth century.
The F. J. Floyd Jr. photographs (dated 1931; 0.1 cubic feet, 10 items) consists of three scrapbook pages containing eight black and white photographs of the construction of the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge in Smithland, Kentucky taken in 1931 by F. J. Lloyd, Jr., the engineer in charge of construction.
The Emanuel G. Weiss papers (dated 1944-1970; 1.2 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise memoranda, correspondence, notes, draft opinions, printed opinions, bound volumes, and photographs that document Weiss's duties as a law clerk for Stanley Forman Reed, Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, during the October 1945 term.
Revised Collection Guides (major revisions and additions)