The Woman's Club of Central Kentucky was formed in Lexington during a series of five meetings in October and November of 1894. The birth of this organization followed the formation of the General Federation of women's Clubs in Chicago in 1890, and the Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs in the summer of 1894. The WCCK established seven departments: art, music, literature, current events, education, philanthropy and public interests.
During the years following its birth, the group was a force for many reforms in Lexington, including the establishment of Lexington's free public library in 1898. The Club also supported woman's suffrage in local school elections and public school reform in Kentucky. It sponsored numerous cultural events and remained active throughout the 20th and into the 21st century as a progressive woman's organization. At present the WCCK is headquartered at 210 North Broadway in a former Morgan family residence, which was also the home of Nobel Prize winner Thomas Hunt Morgan. The club's current description of its purpose is:
"To further the educational and cultural life of the community and to broaden the outlook of the women of Central Kentucky by keeping them informed on matters of national and international scope. (Loretta Gilliam Brock’s A History of the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky, 1894-1994)."
The Woman's Club of Central Kentucky Slide Collection contains 90 lantern slide images. The 1919 Lexington Public Library board minutes state that lantern slides were given by the Woman's Club in that year. The slides are all black and white.
The collection is contained in one half of a 3-drawer metal slide cabinet. Images include engravings and reproductions from several printed sources, such as those in Collins' History of Kentucky and those relating to Robert Patterson in Charlotte Reeve Conover's Concerning the Forefathers. Other slides are photographs of Lexington houses and buildings, or images of famous Kentuckians such Henry Clay and John Bradford. Most of the lantern slides, while probably created in the early 1900's, are reproductions of earlier images.
Most of the slides are numbered. These numbers, along with a card index, have dictated the order of the slides. The collection is broad, intermingling photographs and engravings of both Lexington and Kentucky subjects. Also included are various illustrations from books on early transportation in America.
The Kentuckiana Digital Library, a project of the Kentucky Virtual Library, has digitized this collection, and it can now be searched and viewed online at the Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky Slide Collection .