Monday, December 21, 2015

Kentucky Military Institute cadet photographs

The Kentucky Military Institute cadet photographs (dated 1881; 0.02 cubic feet; 13 items) are now on ExploreUK. This collection includes 13 carte-de-viste of various cadets who attended the Kentucky Military Institute. The images are all dated 1881 May 27.

The Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) was founded in 1845 by Colonel Robert Thomas Pitcairn Allen and chartered in 1847 as a military preparatory school. It operated locations in Lyndon, Kentucky, and Venice, Florida, where all the students were classified as cadets. Due to high tuition and waning interest in military schools, KMI closed in 1971 and eventually merged the Kentucky Country Day School in 1971.

Above: Edward Sumner. St. Louis, Missouri, 1881

Monday, December 14, 2015

Kentucky County Court Records Now Online

A batch of Kentucky county court records dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries have been digitized for access on ExploreUK.

These records (0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) consist of three complaints filed in the Hardin Circuit Court. One complaint was filed by William P. Duvall, a legislator and governor of Florida, as the attorney for Thomas Helm who was trying to collect money owed to him. F. Grundy lodged the other two complaints; one concerns an assault and battery and the other an unpaid debt.

These records (0.15 cubic feet; 2 items) contain information about the court and its proceedings during a period from September 1785 to May 1799.The first item is an execution book containing entries for cases that the court heard. The second item is a record book of court transactions from September 1787 to May 1799. This record book begins with an index of cases (at the beginning of the volume). The index is followed by a section regarding the rules of court.

These records (0.1 cubic feet; 72 items) consists of legal documents issued by the Kentucky Circuit Court in Jessamine County from 1800 to 1823. Many of the documents were signed by Samuel H. Woodson, who served as court clerk from 1798, when Jessamine County was formed, to 1819. The papers include summonses, records of settlements of estates, and records relating to the execution of court decisions, such as the collection of debts.

This book (0.13 cubic feet; 1 item) is a bound book of Bonds of Turnpike Contractors that records the bonds issued by Jessamine County to various businessmen for the laying of rock for roadways. The records date from June 27, 1898 to June 24, 1916.

These records (0.1 cubic feet; 73 items) records contain miscellaneous depositions, bonds, summons, and other legal papers issued in Muhlenberg County, Ky. Many of the documents bear the signature of Charles F. Wing, clerk of the county circuit court from 1798 to 1856. Also included is a listing of the accounts of John Randolph as handled by John Clay (1803-1805).

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kentucky Kernel issues added

Kentucky Kernel issues dating from 1961-1970 were recently added to ExploreUK. The Kernels’ two precursor titles The State College Cadet (1891-1895) and The Idea (1909-1915) were also added.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records now on ExploreUK!

In 2014 UK SCRC became a recipient of CLIR funding for processing “Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections ResearchCenter”! This processing project is now in full swing and the first collection, Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records, has been newly housed, arranged and described by our team of student workers. This collection provides unique documentation for researchers of public health efforts in rural Kentucky.

The Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records (dated 1975-1983, undated; 47.5 cubic feet; 46 boxes and 7 folders) contain grant applications from Eastern Kentucky health facilities to begin or improve services. EKHS, Inc. began its mission to help increase access to healthcare with a single primary health care clinic in Knott County founded by Kentucky natives, Grady Strumbo and Benny Ray Bailey, in 1972.  Strumbo’s and Bailey’s success acquiring funds for their clinic became a model for the region and led to the EKHS, Inc. grant program. Their initiative considered the unique needs of establishing health care services for rural and often poor Kentuckians unlike other health care financial assistance programs in the nation at the time. EKHS, Inc. assisted numerous health care facilities, from small single bed family care homes to larger medical centers throughout 1970’s and 1980’s. 

The Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records’ finding aid is now available on ExploreUK

Above: Student workers, Matthew Noe and Ashley Keith, rehousing and creating the inventory of blueprints related to grant applications in the Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records. Here is the blueprint for a proposed addition to Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Kentucky. 
Above: Image from Manchester, KY; Memorial Hospital; Artist's Conception; Drawing of Memorial Hospital by Watkins, Burrows, and Associates. Part of James Edwin "Ed" Weddle Photographic Collection, 1948-1981.
Memorial Hospital applied for financial assistance from EKHS, Inc. to help expand their facility circa 1979. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween on Campus

Halloween Reception in Barker Hall, 1910

Halloween party in the Beull Armory, ca. 1935

Kirwan-Blanding Complex Halloween party, 1969

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Wisdom Project: Nunn Center Launches Oral History Podcast

In celebration of Kentucky Oral History Day on October 21, 2015, the Nunn Center is announcing the release of  The Wisdom Project, a podcast featuring stories drawn from interviews and projects from the Nunn Center’s extensive collection of nearly 10,000 interviews. Additionally, The Wisdom Project will feature oral history interviews and related news from all over the world.

Episode #001 of the Wisdom Project features the Nunn Center’s 1981 interview with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or your favorite PodCatcher.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Linda Neville photographs digitized

Photographs from the Linda Neville papers have been digitized and are now available on ExploreUK.

These papers represent the life and work of Linda Neville, whose vocation was the welfare of children and the prevention of blindness in Kentucky. Papers include such materials as financial and business records, patient case records, correspondence, publications, news clippings, personal memorabilia, and photographs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New and revised finding aids on ExploreUK!


French family papers, 1770-1979, undated 1997ms161
The French family papers (dated 1770-1979, undated; 9.88 cubic feet; 27 boxes, 1 item) primarily comprises of correspondence, financial records, land surveys, legal documents, political documents, and photographs from James French, Richard French, Julia French Williams, James Hay French, and Jennie Judy Ratliff along with a few other assorted documents from other French family members and acquaintances throughout the years.

Ezra L. Gillis papers, 1858-1971, undated 0000ua091
The Ezra Gillis papers (dated 1859-1971, undated; 20.06 cubic feet, 41 document boxes, 2 card boxes, 5 flat boxes) comprises correspondence, diaries, documents, publications, reports, clippings, notes, speeches, and artifacts primarily documenting Gillis professional and personal life from the time he became head of the University of Kentucky's Bureau of Source Materials until the end of his life.

Recipe collection, 1888, undated 2015ms056
The Recipe Collection (dated 1888, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 2 items) consists of two recipe books. One is a Burnett’s Flavorings Cookbook and the other is a handwritten collection of recipes along with a small collection of newspaper clippings.

Josephine Russell Erwin Clay papers, 1823-1900 2014ms0174    
The Josephine Russell Erwin Clay family papers (dated 1823-1901; 0.45 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of letters, receipts, a slave deed, and a scrapbook, documenting the Clay, Erwin, and Russell families of Kentucky.

Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records, 1922-1951 61w10
The Samuel M. Wilson Cakes and Ale Club records (1922-1951, undated; 2.65 cubic feet; 6 boxes) comprise meeting planning, content and publicity documents relating to the Cakes and Ale Club in Lexington, KY. The items detail Wilson’s creation of the Cakes and Ale Club, policies and procedures.

Pettit, Duncan, Gibson family papers, 1730-2008, undated 2009ms172
The Pettit, Duncan, Gibson family papers (dated 1730-2008, undated; 124.23 cubic feet; 323 boxes) contain the personal papers of members of the Gibson, Duncan, Foster, Pettit families, as well as several of the branch families, from the mid-nineteenth century through the twentieth century. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence: letters exchanged among family members, friends and acquaintances, or business associates.

Warder Harrison Kentucky Entertainment Collection, circa 1820-2013 2009ms168
The Warder Harrison Kentucky Entertainment Collection (dated 1820-2013; 24.3 cubic feet; 38 boxes, 1 item) comprises scrapbooks, photographs, genealogical research, letters, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, magazines, record albums, sheet music, playbills, programs, and advertisements, which document Kentucky's role in the world of music, theatre, radio, television, and film. Warder Harrison primarily collected the material during his research for the book I Didn't Know That: Kentucky's Ties to Stage and Screen.

Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records, 1975-1982 1997ms355
The Eastern Kentucky Health Services, Inc. records (dated 1975-1983, undated; 47.5 cubic feet; 46 boxes and 7 folders) contain financial request applications from public and private Eastern Kentucky health facilities. EKHS, Inc. financially assisted numerous private health care facilities, from small single bed family care homes to large medical centers. The records also include reports and publications concerning health care facility services supported by EKHS, Inc., and some office files like correspondence and facility status updates.

Andrew J. May papers, 1899-1998 2013ms0746
The Andrew J. May papers (dated 1899-1998, bulk 1931-1959; 20.24 cubic feet; 45 boxes) comprise correspondence, subject files, newspapers, and photographs that document Andrew J. May's career as a lawyer and Kentucky Congressman for the House of Representatives (1931-1947).

Hilton family diaries, 1840-1904 65m131
The Hilton family diaries (dated 1840-1904; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) includes diaries kept by Martin Tobey Hilton and his daughter, Mary Henrietta Hilton.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Clark Hardware Company

Clark Hardware was in the space now occupied by the restaurant Shakespeare and Co., on the north-east corner of Broadway and Short Street.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Footage of the Guignol Theater Fire (1947)

On January 10, 1947 the original Guignol Theater on the University of Kentucky campus caught fire. It was located on Euclid Ave (now Avenue of Champions). 1949 UK alum, Les Clark shot this 8mm footage of the fire.

More archival footage can be found on the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center's YouTube page!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Vote for UK SCRC Cat Pic!

An image from UK SCRC has been selected for the “Dogs & Cats from the Archives” competition! Please take a few minutes to vote for “Gypsy sleeping in a broken suitcase” in Cat Bracket 8-- The dogs are in a separate bracket--  I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the University of Louisville also has a cat image in the competition—see Cat Bracket 7.

This competition is a fundraising effort for the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Details on how to donate are below. Cleveland is the location of the 2015 Society of American Archivists annual meeting. Please encourage colleagues, friends, and family to vote and donate.

More archival images of cats and dogs can be found at and

Go Cats!