Our historical images visually document Kentucky's history from the mid-19th century. The collections contain antique photographic processes, well-known Kentucky photographers, family albums, art prints and studio collections. Some of the unique collections include Lafayette Studios, WPA, Lexington Camera Club, Doris Ulmann, and Louis Nollau.
The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.