Special Collections Research Center

Crowdsource Initiatives


Ink to Internet Transcription Tool

Ink to Internet is an online transcription tool that improves access to  handwritten archival resources on ExploreUK . We invite you to give it a try! Request an account and start transcribing. Interested in using Ink to Internet as part of your instruction or research? Contact us with your idea. Ink to Internet can be used for crowdsourcing image descriptions, translations and more. Is there a collection you’d like to see transcribed? Nominate it in this form.

Kirwan-Blanding Dormitory Complex Memories

The Kirwan-Blanding Dormitory Complex on the University of Kentucky campus was demolished as of summer 2021. The University of Kentucky Libraries invites you to share memories or photographs about your experience living, visiting, or working in Kirwan-Blanding. Contribute your stories at the Facebook Group.

Graduate/Professional Student Virtual Pop-Up Museum: Celebrating Diversity at the University of Kentucky

A collaboration between the Graduate Student Congress and the University of Kentucky Libraries, the Virtual Pop-Up Museum is an online exhibit designed as a space welcoming people to digitally display personal artifacts and communicate narratives relating to our individual heritages and/or sense of personal identity. This is a chance for individuals to share about how their lived experiences have shaped the sense of who they are today. These narratives are especially important for those who have experienced marginalization or alienation or to challenge existing narratives to tell more than just one story. All UK graduate and professional students are invited to voluntarily submit digital copies of cultural artifacts important to them (e.g., jewelry, clothing, furniture, recipes, songs, stories, etc.) to put online for display in a museum-like aesthetic. Each artifact will have a caption with a short narrative from the submitter explaining what the item is, why they chose to share it, and how it represents a part of their identity or background. Contribute your story here.


In This Together: Documenting COVID-19 in the Commonwealth

From April 2020 through May 2021, University of Kentucky Libraries conducted a project to document the personal experiences of those who live, work or study in Kentucky during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Kentuckians were invited to share their oral histories, audio recordings, written stories, diary entries, photographs, videos, art and other documentation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Stories are preserved in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center along with other records about this time period. See the collection guide here and browse the stories here .

Juntos en Esto: Historias Personales del COVID-19 en Kentucky

Desde 2020 abril hasta 2021 marzo, University of Kentucky Libraries llevo a cabo un proyecto para documentar las experiencias personales de aquellos y aquellas que viven, trabajan o estudian en Kentucky durante la pandemia del COVID-19 de 2020. Todas las personas que se encuentren en Kentucky fueron invitados a compartir sus relatos, grabaciones en audio, historias escritas, anotaciones en diarios, fotografías, vídeos, creaciones artísticas y cualquier otra documentación relacionada con la pandemia del COVID-19. Las historias que comparta están custodiadas en UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center junto con otros registros relacionados con este periodo. Se puede ver la guía de la colección aquí y hojear las historias aquí .

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