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The Lexington Public Library’s Digital Archives provide open access to researchers and students to learn more about the rich history of Lexington and Fayette County. It contains a fraction of the Library’s physical holdings, which are housed and available for reference in the Kentucky Room at the Central Library. New material is being digitized and added constantly, so there's always something new to find.
The archives have a simple keyword search, and it is possible to browse the collections by subject, area, or decade. The Lexington Public Library actively reviews and labels materials in our archives with statements that indicate how you may reuse the images, and what sort of permission, if any, you need to do so. Please check the information for each image to determine its legal status.
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The Hamilton Female College catalogs list the school’s Board of Trustees, faculty, alumnae, graduates that year, dire
Mountain Ballads for Social Singing contains 15 songs selected for the Vesper Hour gatherings at Berea Colle
The Kentucky Chautauqua Assembly presented an annual event in Lexington’s Woodland Park with days of programming.
The Fayette County Postcard collection contains images of well-known sites in Central Kentucky, such as Keeneland, Tr
In 1917, the Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky hosted a series of speakers giving historical sketches on people and pl
The Kentucky Room's collections contain Lexington's residential directories going back over 200 years, and are some o
The Knowles Postcard Collection contains images of notable Kentucky locations, such as Ashland, Keeneland, and Mammot
The Kentucky Rally Songs pamphlet contains 42 songs compiled and printed by the state chapter of the Woman’s Christia
The Kentucky Progress Commission was formed in 1928 in order to draw tourism and business to Kentucky.
Old Homes of the Blue Grass is a photographic review of historic homes in Kentucky’s Blue Grass region.
Illustrated Lexington Kentucky contains photographs, demographics, commerce and financial information about Lexington
The Council of Defense books contain records for Fayette County’s Army soldiers, Navy sailors, Marines, and Army nurs
Dunbar High School opened in 1923 at 545 North Upper Street as the only all-black high school in Lexington’s cit
The Kentucky Almanac was a regional almanac that began printing in 1788, at the office of John Bradford’s Kentuck
The Kentucky Mountain Club was founded in 1929 as a social organization for residents of Lexington, Kentucky, who had
Major Henry Clay McDowell purchased the Ashland Estate from Kentucky University in 1882 with his wife, Anne Smith Cla
The Lexington Musicians' Association is the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 554-635) and
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has existed outside of Harrodsburg for over 200 years, and is a popular site to visit
In 1768, Lewis Craig and other members of the Spotsylvania Baptist Church were arrested for preaching without a licen
The Around the Town in Lexington, Kentucky magazine pamphlet contains advertisements for local attractions,
Old Kentucky Architecture is a comprehensive book by Rexford Newcomb that was published in 1940.