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Old Homes of the Blue Grass

Old Homes of the Blue Grass is a photographic review of historic homes in Kentucky’s Blue Grass region. Published by The Kentucky Society in 1950, the black and white photographs show various phases of Kentucky Architecture between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Homes and properties featured:  Manchester, Malvern Hill, Harkaway, Bryan Place, Highland, Rose Hill, Mount Hope, Mansfield, Welcome Hall, Old Moore Place, Old Cabin, Hartland, Alleghan Hall, Duntreath, The Larches, Cherry Grove, Hopemont, Mount Brilliant, T. Howard’s Log Cabin, Woodburn, Helm Place, White Hall, Ashland, Shady Side, Stony Point, and the Old Episcopal Cemetery.

Other Archive Collections: 


  • 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.
  • Hallway, East Family House

    Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    The pamphlet gives a brief overview of the history of Shakertown.

  • 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 (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.

  • Lexington Public Library History

    The pamphlet contains information tracing the history of the Lexington Library to roughly 1902.
  • Kentucky Progress Magazine. Fall 1932 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.

  • Kentucky Chautauqua

    The brochure for the Kentucky Chautauqua includes information and pictures of presenters and events.
  • High Bridge (Stone Towers), 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.