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!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Glass Plate Negative Collection Now on ExploreUK

Digitized images from the glass plate negative collection are now on ExploreUK. The collection (dated 1887-1953, bulk 1898-1918; 42 cubic feet; 3854 items) consists of dry plate, silver nitrate glass negatives, and depict buildings on the University of Kentucky campus, University of Kentucky sports teams and clubs, and past university presidents.

The full finding aid can be seen here.

This collection is really worth looking through–  there are so many fun images!