Friday, August 17, 2018

Beta ExploreUK Available

Beta ExploreUK is now available! The new site was designed to improve discovery and use of UK Libraries’ rare and unique research materials, and is more ADA compliant and mobile friendly. We are actively working on the site and iterative changes will continue after launch. We welcome all suggestions and ideas -- please share these with us on our feedback form (link on top right).


Monday, April 16, 2018

Newly Digitized Collections on ExploreUK

Curious about hemp manufacturing in Lexington or turn-of-the-century medical practices and midwifery? Or perhaps you’d rather peruse the papers of a railroad detective and a prohibition agent. You can do this and more with the newly digitized collection available on ExploreUK!

The John Brand letter books(dated 1811-1841; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) consist of a microfilmed copy of two letter books belonging to Lexington hemp manufacturer John Brand.

The Lyman Copeland Draper letters to Reuben Thomas Durrett (dated 1882-1886; 0.1 cubic feet; 68 items) consists of letters from Draper to Durrett concerning their mutual interest in the settlement and early history of Kentucky.



The Gordon family papers (dated 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859; 2 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 folder) consists of the correspondence, papers, and a diary of the Gordon family of Georgia and Kentucky. The bulk of the collection consists of letters relating to Neal McDougal Gordon of Nicholasville, Ky., and his work in the education of Presbyterian ministers and the colonization of Liberia.

The Aden G. Lovell papers (dated 1882-1923, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 reels of microfilm) consist of the microfilmed medical record books, receipts, account books, business ledgers, and legal and insurance papers owned by Mt. Vernon physician Aden G. Lovell.

The Charles E. Lowther collection on Mining (dated 1920-1977; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) consists of microfilmed legal agreements between coal operators and labor, by-laws, an employee handbook, pay receipts, and union political ephemera.

The Joseph B. Mathews papers (dated 1890-1932; 0.73 cubic feet; 2 boxes, 1 wrapped item) of civil service files, a letter copying book, a letter, and two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings. The collection document Mathews work for the U.S. government, including his work as a railroad detective and a prohibition agent in New Orleans.

The Midwifery Collection (dated 1926-1932, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of reports and rules and regulations concerning midwifery in Eastern Kentucky during the early 20th century.



National Bituminous Coal Wage Agreements, 1947 and 1948

The Sidener family papers (dated 1849-1959, bulk 1853-1859; 0.1 cubic feet; 55 items) consist of correspondence, a diary, and a mimeographed history of the Sugar Ridge Presbyterian Church, which document the Sidener family of Loradale, Kentucky.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Collection Guides posted to ExploreUK!


Daniel Weisiger Lindsey journal on the history of architecture, 1861. From the William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture, 2015ms085.

A new batch of collection guides have been added to ExploreUK! The collections document string bands, Kentucky architecture, women authors, Kentuckians during WWII, and affordable housing in Appalachia. See the full list below.

New Collection Guides


The Crockett family papers (dated 1896-2016, undated; 3.09 cubic feet; 5 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 4 shoeboxes) comprise song books of original Crockett compositions, scrapbooks of song lyrics and performance reviews, tour itineraries and set lists, correspondence, and photographs that document the Crockett family and their shared professional career as members of the string band music group, the Crockett Family Kentucky Mountaineers.

"Spiders and Alcohol" for Violin. From the Crockett family papers, 2017ms032.

The William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture (dated 1855-1960; 3 cubic feet; 1 flat box, 3 case folders, 6 boxes of rolled drawings) consists of architectural plans, drawings, notebook, and ledger collected by William B. Scott, architectural historian, mainly documenting various architecture firms and individual buildings in Louisville and Frankfort, Kentucky.


The John W. Stevenson papers (dated 1868-1885; 2.25 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consist of diaries, letter books, receipts, and a will, documenting the life and career of Kentucky lawyer and politician John W. Stevenson.


The Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers (dated 1850s-1950s, bulk 1940-1950; 0.9 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consist of manuscripts, photographs, a civil war scrapbook, and a book jacket, which document McMeekin's work as an author.

Dorothy Park Clark and Isabel McLennan McMeekin at Morris Book Shop signing for Show Me a Land, 1940. From the Isabel McLennan McMeekin papers 46m72.



The Dearinger family papers (dated 1864-2007, bulk 1919-1945; 2.8 cubic feet; 5 boxes and 1 item) primarily comprises letters, memoirs, diaries, and World War II related materials, including photographs, that document the service of the Dearinger siblings of Lexington, Kentucky, John Arthur Dearinger, Emily Susan (Sue) Dearinger, and Eugene Lewis Dearinger.


The Melba Porter Hay research files on Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (dated 1834-2008, undated; 3 cubic feet; 3 boxes) primarily comprise research notes, note cards, manuscript drafts, interview notes, and materials that document the research process of Melba Porter Hay while writing Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South.


The William K. Hubbell papers (dated 1931-1938, undated; 0.33 cubic feet; 1 box and 1 item) consist of a scrapbook and published copies of writing and photographs by Lexington, Kentucky, writer William K. Hubbell.


The Rogers and Anne Morton papers (dated 1945-1987, undated; 7.06 cubic feet; 32 boxes, 2 items) includes photographs, photograph albums, letters, and memorabilia relating to Rogers and Anne Morton during Morton’s travels as Secretary of the Interior.


The Richard Alexander Spurr papers (dated 1844-1961, bulk 1878-1899; 1.3 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence, financial records, genealogical sketches, autograph albums, photographs, and a recipe book documenting Spurr's career and family life.


The Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc. (FAHE) records (dated 1967-1992; 20.8 cubic feet; 21 boxes, 1 oversize box) consist primarily of office files and program files relating to FAHE's work on community development and affordable housing in the Appalachian Region.

Revised collections

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January's additions to ExploreUK

This year we are trying something new and announcing each month's newly digitized collections from UK Special Collections Research Center. The following collections were digitized and added to ExploreUK in January 2018. Enjoy! 

The William Jason Fields scrapbook (dated 1911-1923; 0.6 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 item) contains materials he collected during his years in the United States House of Representatives.

The Hathaway family papers are letters, scrapbooks, diaries, and general materials of Leeland Hathaway, his wife, Mattie Wheeler Hathaway, and daughter, Carrie Lee Hathaway.
Scrapbook page from the Hathaway family papers

The Thomas Henry Hines papers, (dated 1772-1954, bulk 1860-1889; 2.84 cubic feet; 10 boxes, 2 items, 3 folders) comprise letters, diaries, legal papers, manuscripts, maps, military documents, newspaper clippings, notebooks, handwritten notes, political papers, printed materials, realia, scrapbooks, and family papers, which document Thomas Henry Hines' career as a Confederate soldier, a Confederate spy, a lawyer, and a judge.

Barrow Unit papers 
The Barrow Unit papers (dated 1899-1957, bulk 1917-1919; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) include correspondence, printed articles, newspaper clippings, official orders, and rosters documenting the military medical unit known as the Barrow Unit, which provided medical services in England to personnel of the United States Army during World War I.

William Sylvester Taylor papers 
The William Sylvester Taylor papers (dated 1899-1937; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) consist of materials related to the Kentucky gubernatorial election of 1899 and its aftermath.

The Marlow Cook moving image and audio recordings
The Marlow Cook moving image and audio recordings (dated 1969-1974, undated; 1.25 cubic feet; 1 box, 2 items) consist of color and black and white 16mm films, reel-to-reel audio recordings and one 2-inch quadruplex videotape documenting the family life and political career of Marlow W. Cook (1926-2016), member of the United States Senate from Kentucky in the 91st, 92nd and 93rd Congresses (1969-1974).

Caleb Powers papers
The Caleb Powers papers (dated 1900-1941; 6 cubic feet; 9 boxes, 1 item) consist of materials relating to the third and fourth trials of Caleb Powers, which took place during 1903-1904 and 1907-1908.

Clinton Jones True papers
Clinton Jones True served in the Civil War as a captain in the 40th Regiment and a colonel in the 53rd Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. After the Civil War, True was appointed consul on the island of St. Thomas by President Ulysses S. Grant. After disappearing in the early 1880s, True was later declared legally dead. The Clinton Jones True papers consist of various military papers, correspondence, a copper engraving, and broadsides relating to the life of Clinton Jones True. Letters concerning health, money, and other personal matters from True to his wife, Harriet, comprise the bulk of the correspondence. 



UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center Digitizes Original Early English Romantics Manuscripts

University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center recently organized and digitized the W. Hugh Peal Manuscript Collection, comprising approximately 7,000 items (43.94 cubic feet) of original letters and documents of English and American Romantic and early Victorian authors. The collection is available on the University of Kentucky digital library ExploreUK.
Print of Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb and the Lamb family.

W. Hugh Peal (1989-1987) was a native Kentuckian, a lawyer and UK alumnus. He collected books, manuscripts and letters while a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford (where he obtained law degrees in 1924 and 1925) and continued during his law practice in New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. His collections, along with his acquisition books and journals, were donated to UK in 1981.
The Peal Manuscript Collection represents one of the strongest holdings of original documents of the early English Romantics in the United States. The core of the manuscript collection centers around the best-known Romantic authors, Charles Lamb (98 letters), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (51 letters), William Wordsworth (37 letters) and Robert Southey (64 letters and 16 manuscripts).  
Charles Lamb manuscript, "How I Want Thee, Humorous Hogarth," 1826.

American authors comprise approximately 900 items, including Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and William Dean Howells.
There are manuscript letters or poems by virtually every significant English author who wrote during the period 1790 to 1830. English Victorian era authors (1830-1900) are also represented, including several letters from Charles Dickens, as well as English writers from 1880-1940. 
In addition, there are letters and manuscripts by French authors and politicians, including Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and Alexis de Tocqueville.
Robert Southey letter to William Wordsworth from the Peal Collection.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at UK Libraries sustains the Commonwealth’s memory and serves as the essential bridge between past, present and future. By preserving materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of Kentucky, the SCRC provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and enhance their critical thinking skills. SCRC materials are used by scholars worldwide to advance original research and pioneer creative approaches to scholarship. UK Libraries SCRC is the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK.

For more information on the Peal Collection, contact Sarah Dorpinghaus, director of Digital Services, at sarah.dorpinghaus@uky.edu or 857-257-3329, or Megan Mummey, collections management archivist, at megan.mummey@uky.edu or 859-257-6942

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc. (FAH) records now available

The collection guide for the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc. (FAH) records is now available on ExploreUK!


The FAHE records are the final collection in the “Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center” project. The two-year project, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant, proposed to make available 645 cubic feet of War on Poverty-era records from Appalachian social justice organizations.


The Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1980 with the mission to eliminate poverty in Appalachia. FAHE focuses on public health, education, and affordable housing, using an interconnected group of non-profits across the Appalachian Region, including in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. The collection contains reports, minutes, correspondence, printed materials, and program files, which document FAHE's work on community development and affordable housing in the Appalachian Region from 1980 until 1992.





Thursday, December 21, 2017

Many digitized collections added to ExploreUK

Many digitized collections were added to ExploreUK recently. Check out the list below!

The Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers, 2009ms011
The Eugene Erwin and William Russell papers (dated 1824-1868, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily consist of letters written by, to, or about Eugene Erwin and William Russell regarding various topics including family news, California, Henry Clay, and the Civil War.

The Lizzie Hardin diary, M-181
The Lizzie Hardin diary (dated 1850-1860; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) consists of a microfilm copy of a diary kept by Lizzie Hardin of Harrodsburg, Ky. during the Civil War. Though she began the diary in Virginia, it was written primarily during the time she lived in Harrodsburg. In the diary she describes a raid near Harrodsburg by John Hunt Morgan in 1862 as well as other war-related incidents. At the top of many pages are portraits of soldiers that have been cut out of another source and pasted in the diary.

Robert G. Wallis scrapbook, 46m7
The Robert G. Wallis scrapbook (dated 1900-1911; 0.24 cubic feet; 1 item) consists of a scrapbook entitled Our Martyred Governor, William Goebel.


WBLG Audio Tape Collection, 74av03
The WBLG Audio Tape Collection (7 cubic feet, 97 items in 14 boxes; dated 1954-1977) is comprised of ninety-seven 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes. These tapes contain broadcasts of U.K. sporting events, political talks from around the Commonwealth, and a bi-weekly summary of the news events in Kentucky covering 1968-1977.

Ernst Johnson student drawings, 2014ua050
14 drawings by Ernst Johnson, done as part of his architecture studies at Yale University, 1929-1935.

Harlin family letters, 2016ms059
The Harlin family letters (dated 1863-1881; 0.01 cubic feet; 4 items) consists of four letters written by members of the Harlin family concerning the Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee as well as experiences in California.

Thomas Kubeck Vietnam War photographs, 2017av014
The Thomas Kubeck Vietnam War photographs (dated 1968-1970, 0.03 cubic feet; 54 items) comprises digital images of photographs taken by Thomas Kubeck during his military service during the Vietnam War from 1969-1970.



Pride Community Services Organization publications, 2016ms055
Newsletters produced by the Lexington, Kentucky based Pride Community Services Organization. Included are publications from the organization through multiple name changes, such as LinQ magazine (July 2013-2016); the GLSO (Gay and Lesbian Services Organization) News (August 1986-June 2013); the GSO (Gay Services Organization) newsletter (1979-July 1986).

Minutes of the constitutional conventions of the district of Kentucky, 1788-1792 

Henry Clay letters, 46m95
The Henry Clay papers (dated 1801-1843; 0.22 cubic feet; 1 boxes) comprise letters, a court report, and a print of Henry Clay. The bulk of the papers consist of letters from Henry Clay to Francis Taliaferro Brooke, a prominent political figure and Virginia Supreme Court judge from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Governor Patton scrapbooks, 2017ms008
Digital images of 12 personal scrapbooks regarding the life of former Governor Paul Patton.

Mallevs maleficarvm 
The Malleus Maleficarum, usually translated as the Hammer of Witches, is the best known and the most important treatise on witchcraft.


Bruce Ferguson scrapbook, M-133
The Bruce Ferguson scrapbook (dated 1900-1902; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) was assembled by William Behringer and contains newspaper clippings about the assassination of William Goebel and subsequent political events. The clippings were mostly pulled from the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post and were pro-Goebel. The scrapbook also contains clippings about a Frankfort duel between Ethelbert Scott and Colonel D. G. Colson which left three dead, including Scott, and four wounded. The volume concludes with a number of engravings taken from a German language newspaper.

The Carolina Housewife

William Hayes coal mining scrapbooks, 2016ms029
The William Hayes coal mining scrapbooks (dated 1967-1997, 1.35 cubic feet, 2 boxes) consists of two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings created by William Hayes, a reclamation inspector, about coal mining in Kentucky.



Goebel family papers, M-121
The Goebel family papers (dated 1865-1942; 0.1 cubic feet; 2 reels) consist of a microfilm copy of William Goebel's letters to his brothers, Arthur and Justus.

Percy Haly scrapbook, M-137
The Percy Haly scrapbook (dated 1900-1937; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) consists of a microfilm copy of the scrapbook, which contains newspaper clippings, photographs and other materials about Haly, his career, and his family.

University of Kentucky Chemistry Department Naff Symposium brochures, 2014ua075
A collection of brochures (1975-2015) for the Naff Symposium, an event hosted by the University of Kentucky Chemistry Department supported by the Anna S. Naff Endowment Fund. This brochures are part of the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry records.

Madge E. Smith collection of Mary Ledford letters, 2015ms048
The Madge E. Smith collection of Mary Ledford letters (dated 1942-1973; 3.5 cubic feet; 10 boxes) consists of 18 bound volumes of letters from Mary Ledford to her son, Lee B. Ledford, Jr. discussing her daily life in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Louis Edward Nollau Railroad Glass Negative Collection, 81pa101
The Louis Edward Nollau Railroad Glass Negative Collection, ca. 1909-1917 consists of 2963 4x5 commercial dry glass negatives. The collection is a through documentation of the Southern Railway system in the early years of the 20th century. Major areas of focus include: rolling stock, right of ways, the re-construction of High Bridge, inspection trips, railroad personnel, railroad stations, towers, water tanks, storerooms, and workshops.



University of Kentucky. Department of Chemistry records, 2014ua075
The University of Kentucky Chemistry Department records (dated 1906-2014, bulk dates 1962-2014; 6.11 cubic feet; 4 record storage cartons, 4 document boxes, 1 slim document box, and 1 flat box) comprise reports, reviews, self-studies, photographs, brochures, name plates, and a scrapbook that document the faculty, students, and activities of the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry during the mid-20th century to early 21st century.

University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry newsletters, 1975-2000, 2014ua066.001

Martha Bevins letters to Tom McCarthy, 2015ms086
Martha Bevins letters to Tom McCarthy (dated 1955-1962; 0.05 cubic feet; 55 items) consist of letters Bevins wrote to radio host Tom McCarthy, which he read aloud on his morning radio program broadcast from his farm in Ohio.

Julian M. Carroll audiotape speeches, 2016ms058
The Julian M. Carroll audiotape speeches (1976-1978, 0.18 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of audiocassettes of political and public event speeches given while Carroll was the Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Kentucky.