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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.
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The Publications Collection contains runs of historical Kentucky newspapers, almanacs, and magazines.
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The Kentucky Images collection contains postcards, photographs and slides of people, architecture, and locations in Kentucky and Appalachia.
The library has a variety of directories and yearbooks with local information. In the library's current digital collection, there is a selection of residential and street directories, yearbooks, school directories, and organizational directories. These are all fully word-searchable.
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The Kentucky History collection contains Kentucky-related documents not specifically related to Fayette County.
Fayette County, Kentucky, has changed enormously since it was created in 1792. This collection contains government documents for the city of Lexington, for Fayette County, and for the merged Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, as well as funeral notices, club directories, scrapbooks, image collections and a history of Lexington Public Library.
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The Cochran Chronicle appears to be a neighborhood leaflet created by two school children, Philip Borries and Laurence Kraehe, living on Cochran Road in the Chevy Chase area of Lexington, KY in 1960. The children claim to be able to get "a big story out to you before the big papers do." The paper contains comic news, letters, sports scores, advertisements and cartoons. There are some births and marriages reported, and other articles indicate that the two boys are in eighth grade.
This short run of the paper was microfilmed by the University of Kentucky, and digitized for Lexington Public Library.