Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photography. Show all posts

Friday, September 26, 2014

Alexandra Soteriou Photographs Collection Now on ExploreUK

Below is a small sampling of the wonderful images from the Alexandra Soteriou photographs, 1968 (2013av029). The collection comprises a scrapbook and photo negatives that document everyday life in Lexington, Kentucky, from April to June 1968, following the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Some photographs also appear to be taken in Cincinnati, Ohio. The scrapbook additionally contains quotes and poems accompanying the photographs. Many of the negatives and scrapbook pages detail African-American life on Kenton Street in Lexington. Some negatives show crowds in front of Buell Armory on the University of Kentucky's campus. All pictures and negatives in the collection are attributed to Alexandra Soteriou.

Alexandra Soteriou was editor of the Kentuckian, the University of Kentucky yearbook, for 1969-1970. This yearbook was published without approval from the Director of Student Publications. Soteriou graduated from UK in 1971 with a Bachelors of Arts in Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky Photographs Now Available on ExploreUK

Another fantastic Civil War-related collection has been added to ExploreUK. The Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs (dated circa 1861-1865; 0.6 cubic feet; 75 items) contains photographs showing prominent civil war figures such as Ulysses Simpson Grant, John Hunt Morgan, Mary Todd Lincoln as well as a group portrait of the Kentucky Division of United Confederate Veterans. The collection was drawn together artificially from various purchases and is arranged by source of acquisition.

The full finding aid can be found here.

Above: Unidentified man in military dress

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Central Kentucky Photograph Albums Now on ExploreUK

We are pleased to announce that the Central Kentucky photograph albums, 1905-1920 (2013av004), have been digitized are are now available on ExploreUK.

The collection (0.2 cubic feet; 145 items) consist of two albums of photographs depicting scenes in Boyle, Mercer, Jessamine, and McCreary counties. The majority of the photographs feature landscapes in these counties, such as creeks, rivers, waterfalls, fields, and roads. Places shown include Dick’s (Dix) River, Wilson’s Run, the Knobs, Cumberland Falls, Camp Nelson, Hickman Valley, and Salt River. Notable subjects include covered bridges, mills, residences, hemp farming, and quarries. The photographs show High Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge as well as other unidentified bridges, several of them are covered bridges. Additionally, the albums contain several photographs featuring people, such as two depicting Jim Clay and Anne Clay at Mrs. Darbishire’s house (items 43a and 57) and one which shows a small crowd of people at a river baptism (item 72).

View the full finding aid here.

Above: "Two women on path to log cabins" 
Above: "Birdseye view of Cumberland Falls"

Above: "At Mrs. Darbishire's- Jim and Anne Clay and Dinah, 1920"

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New additions to ExploreUK

We are pleased to announce two recent additions to ExploreUK.

Samuel Perkins Gilmore prints, 1718-1935

Samuel Perkins Gilmore was born in Somerset, Kentucky on February 26, 1868. He received his public school education in Somerset and began practicing as a dermatologist in San Francisco in 1891. He moved to New York in the early twentieth century and lived there till his death in 1948. During his nearly fifty years of practice in New York City, he treated many Hollywood and Broadway actresses, and often traveled to Europe. He remained fond of his hometown of Somerset and upon his death, left his collection to the Somerset Board of Education.

Collection consists of 674 photographs, etchings and engravings of prominent literary, artistic, military and political figures, primarily representative of nineteenth century European and American society.

Méthode raisonée pour apprendre la musique d’une façon plus claire et plus précise à laquelle on joint l’étendue et les cadences de la flute traversière, l’étendue du violon, du pardessus de viole, de la vielle et de la musette : leur accord, quelques observations sur la touche desdits instruments et des leçons simples, mesurées et variées, suivies d’un recueil d’airs en duo, faciles et connus pour la plus part. Ouvrage fait pout la comodité des maîtres et l’utilité des ecoliers. (1755)

Musical score in three parts: Second livre ou recueil d’airs en duo ; Troisième recueil d’airs en duo ; and Recueils d’airs avec accompagnement de flute ou violon ou pardessus de viole.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Union Army Commemorative Photographic Album Available on ExploreUK

The Union Army commemorative photographic album (dated circa 1861-1864; 0.62 cubic feet; 55 items) includes 50 photographs in an album and 5 loose photographs. These prefabricated commemorative photograph albums were available for sale during the civil war and contained pictures of Union officers and soldiers. Subjects of the photographs include Abraham Lincoln and many majors, generals, and soldiers in the Union Army.
Lieutenant W.D. Vatchel, U.S.A.; Wounded at Battle of Orchards and since died noted on album page. Yours truly, W.D. Vatchel 20 Indiana [illegible] noted on front print
Lieutenant Miller, U.S.A. and wife
Unidentified man
Unidentified man

Friday, March 25, 2011

Did You Know?

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, "Improvements in transportation, communication, and photography made people naturally curious about other places."

Furthermore, "people had readily consumed photographers' images of distant lands, so when the amateurs were able to shoot their own images, they were more than ready.

The smiling faces of family members in front of scenic locations or landmarks became trademarks for the budding amateur. And as these landmarks became well known, more people visited them and they became tourist destinations. The more destinations there were, the more they photographed and included in the family album."