The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is proud to announce the collections available for research in the Learning Lab during the academic year 2018-2019. Please look through the list and apply for an internship to work with any of these collections.
Joseph P. D’Andrea Papers (Refugee resettlement post WWII, social justice)
Papers of Joseph P. D'Andrea related to his work with the refugee resettlement effort in Europe after World War II. Materials include printed brochures, personal recollections, information booklets, and other printed material. Some materials are in German.
French Revolutionary War Biographies (French, Political Science)
Extraordinary, handwritten biographies of people involved in the French Revolution. Written in French.
Harriet Drury Van Meter Papers (education, social justice, international relations, business, literacy)
Harriet Drury Van Meter started the International Book Project in her Lexington basement in 1966 in order to help educate children around the world. Since its founding, the organization has sent more than 6 million books to schools, libraries, churches, and communities in over 140 countries. Papers in the collection include Van Meter’s personal papers and files on countries and trip diaries from her time overseas.
Lexington Camera Club (photography, art, art history)
Founded in 1936, the Lexington Camera Club members were serious about photography as art. The club invited photography elites such as Ansel Adams to monthly meetings and also organized talks and exhibitions. Among its members, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, an optician who explored Abstract Expressionism and influenced Postmodernism through his fascinating images of masked family and friends, is the best known photographer in the group. The collection contains club records and photographs taken by members.
Barnstable Colony Legal Papers, 1734-1741 (law, early American history)
The Barnstable Colony formed in 1650 as part of Plymouth Colony, in what is now known as Massachusetts. The documents in the collection concern legal matters that took place in the colony from 1734-1741.
A Kentucky tobacco farmer offers a rare glimpse into 19th century farm life through his daily notes on the weather, farming practices, and events in 1870.
James Hines Collection (literature, publishing, music)
James Hines (1926-2017) was a prolific author and songwriter from Rosine, Kentucky, whose short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. This collection contains correspondence from publishers, singers, and songwriters, cds, and manuscripts (published copies and drafts). Considered as the home of Bluegrass music, Rosine is where Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys lived and played music, which influenced James Hines’ music and writing.
William H. Qualls Papers (Urban planning, architecture, design, public policy, government, landscape architecture)
Dr. William Qualls (1927-1997) was an urban planner who worked as the executive director of the Lexington-Fayette County Planning Commission from 1961-1973. During that time he organized numerous studies on land, water, transportation, buildings, community development, zoning, energy, communications, and other city concerns. His collection of studies comprise an extraordinary look into the planning processes for Lexington-Fayette County during a period of tremendous growth.
Jewish Notebook, ca. 1810 (Religious studies)
This handwritten notebook written by an unknown author contains lessons and commentary on the Jewish faith. Little is known about the manuscript, but it provides a point to study Jewish religious education in Kentucky in the early 1800s.
Paul Morand Papers, 1927 (poetry, literature)
A contemporary and friend of Proust, Jean Cocteau, and Coco Chanel, Morand (1888-1976) lived extravagantly and wrote short stories and novellas. During his travels to the United States from 1925-1929, Morand socialized with American literary elites. His impressions of New York were published in his book New York in 1930. The Morand papers consist of a bound set of poems, possibly unpublished, in French that appear to be written about areas of the United States. He later became a very controversial figure who sided with the Vichy government during the German Occupation in WWII.
Kate Black Social Activism Papers, 1980s-1990s (social justice, women’s studies, healthcare, political science, criminal justice)
Former UK Librarian Kate Black is a social activist concerned with issues related to women, LGBTQ, AIDS, and political prisoners. She maintained correspondence with political prisoners Silvia Baraldini and Laura Whitehorn, who both spent time in a Lexington prison. The collection contains files related to Black's personal, local and national activism; collected local and national publications and ephemera on AIDS, LGTBQ rights, political prisoners, and women and prisons.
Kentucky Court Records, 1800-1823 (Law, commerce)
Early Kentucky court records offer a rare look into the policies, justice, and procedures of the state in its early years.
Samuel Wilson Legal Files, 1870s-1920s (Law, race, social justice, journalism)
Lexington attorney Samuel Wilson’s files contain legal records and newspaper clippings regarding the defense and conviction of Will Lockett, an African American WWI veteran sentenced to death for the murder of Geneva Hardman.
Harry Ross Papers, 1918-1958 (Arctic exploration, engineering, military history)
A veteran of both world wars, Harry Ross joined the Wilkins-Ellsworth Trans-Arctic Submarine Expedition 0f 1931 to be an engineer on board the Nautilus, the first submarine to reach the North Pole. The collection contains papers and clippings regarding the Nautilus expedition, nautical coordinates, books, and papers related to his military service.
Young and Wooten Family Papers, 1856-1989 (medicine, Civil War)
The Young and Wooten families of Kentucky contained generations of doctors, some of whom served during the Civil War. Correspondence between physician brothers discuss their experiences during the time of the war.