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St. Paul Catholic Church Collection

St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church was formally created in the Covington Diocese in 1868, by Father John Bekkers. Still an active parish, the church has celebrated its 150th anniversary and is still in its original building in downtown Lexington.

The St. Paul Community Collection contains a variety of items from the church's historical archive. It contains multiple church directories, event pamphlets, scattered weekly bulletins from the 1950s and 1960s, photographs of pastors and events, and some of the original ledgers with parish christenings and marriages.

St. Paul Catholic Church Front Entrance

Other Archive Collections: 

  • The Morton School on Short and Walnut, circa 1930

    Morton School

    The Morton School was the city’s first public school in 1834, and was later a high school, then junior high, and today is a middle school.
  • Entrance Porch to Xalapa Farm, Bourbon County (1827)

    Old Kentucky Architecture

    The book contains photos and architectural plans from several dozen historic Kentucky buildings.
  • Knights of Columbus, circa 1920, in front of St. Paul Catholic Church

    Knights of Columbus, John A. Mueller Bluegrass Council 762

    Bluegrass Chapter 762 of the Knights of Columbus was chartered in 1903.

  • Around the Town in Lexington, Kentucky

    "Around the Town in Lexington, Kentucky" is a short travel pamphlet highlighting local attractions and schedules of events in Lexington, Kentucky.
  • The S. P. U. Girls Ball, circa 1939

    The Blythe Scrapbook

    Loose scrapbook pages show images of African American families and clubs in the 1930s and 1940s in Lexington.

  • David's Fork Baptist Church

    The pamphlet provides a brief history of the church and bylaws.
  • Geologist Prof. Linney with Students and Teachers at the Shaker School

    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    Books and pamphlets give history and images of the Shaker community of Pleasant Hill.

  • Lexington Musicians' Association

    The directory contains names and contact information for Kentucky musicians.

  • Ashland McDowell Photograph Collection

    The photo collection contains images from an unknown event circa 1894.

  • Kentucky Mountain Club

    The Kentucky Mountain Club directory contains organizational information about the club’s history, activities, officers, auxiliary, articles of incorporation, and member names.

  • Kentucky Almanacs

    The Kentucky almanac collection contains old regional almanacs.
  • Dunbar High School Class of 1934

    Dunbar High School (1923-1967)

    The Dunbar Echo was the magazine created by the students of Dunbar High School. Yearbook issues include students, alumni, faculty, sports, classes, photos, and clubs.
  • History of U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 40, the Barrow Unit

    Council of Defense Records

    The Council of Defense records contain information about the soldiers, sailors, marines, and nurses who served during World War I.
  • Illustrated Lexington Kentucky Front Cover

    Illustrated Lexington Kentucky

    Illustrated Lexington Kentucky contains photographs, demographics, commerce and financial information about Lexington up to 1919.
  • Page Two of The Lexington Library

    Lexington Public Library History

    The Lexington Public Library has over 200 years of history.

  • Old Homes of the Blue Grass

    A photographic collection highlighting historic homes of the Bluegrass Region.
  • Kentucky Progress Magazine, Summer 1933 cover image

    Kentucky Progress Magazine

    The “Kentucky Progress Magazine” was used by the Kentucky Progress Commission to promote Kentucky, and features local interest stories, photographs of people, places, and activities.

  • Kentucky Suffrage

    The Kentucky Rally Songs pamphlet, published circa 1914 by the WCTU, contains 42 songs advocating women’s suffrage and prohibition.

  • Knowles Postcard Collection

    Images of notable Kentucky locations, such as Ashland, Keeneland, and Mammoth Cave

  • Fayette County Street and Residential Directories

    The Fayette County directories contain local information regarding resident addresses, government and officials, schools, land ownership, businesses, and other local organizations.
  • The Town Branch #2

    The Town Branch

    The Town Branch was presented as a brief history of Lexington and the Town Branch, given as a speech by Maude Ward Lafferty in 1917.

  • Fayette County Postcards

    The Fayette County Postcard collection contains 55 images of sites in central Kentucky.
  • Cover to the 1896 Kentucky Chautauqua illustrated program

    Kentucky Chautauqua

    The brochure for the Kentucky Chautauqua includes information and pictures of presenters and events.
  • Cumberland Falls, part of the Elmer L. Foote Collection

    Elmer L. Foote Lantern Slide Collection

    The Elmer L. Foote Collection is a group of 190 lantern slides. They were created by Elmer L. Foote, a Cincinnati photographer and library staff member whose pictures appeared in the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune.
  • "Soldier, Soldier Will You Marry Me?" from Mountain Ballads for Social Singing

    Mountain Ballads for Social Singing

    The Mountain Ballads pamphlet is 15 songs originally compiled for English Folk Songs in the Mountains of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Woodcut from the Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Hamilton Female College

    Hamilton Female College Collection

    The Hamilton Female College catalogs list the school’s Board of Trustees, faculty, alumnae, graduates, directory of students, courses of study, and the members of each department.