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The Capitol Theatre. Frankfort, Kentucky
The Capitol Theatre. Frankfort, Kentucky.
1940 Nov.
1 negative.
Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

American Folklife Center

Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Kentucky Collections

The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.

Folklife in Your State: Kentucky

The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials from Kentucky that document the diversity of the Bluegrass State's folk traditions. Kentucky's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations is available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students.

Explore the States: Kentucky

Jump Back in Time

Daniel Boone First Saw the Woodlands of Present-Day Kentucky, June 7, 1769

The First Kentucky Derby, May 17, 1875

Digital Collections & Services

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in Kentucky.


American Treasures of the Library of Congress
If Slavery Is Not Wrong, Nothing Is Wrong

On March 26, 1864, former Senator Archibald Dixon, Governor Thomas E. Bramlette, and Albert G. Hodges, editor of the Frankfort, Kentucky, Commonwealth, journeyed from Kentucky to meet with Lincoln to discuss the recruitment of slaves as soldiers in Kentucky.

A Wife's Chronicle

In this memoir Malvina Harlan chronicled her fifty-four-year marriage to Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911), a Kentucky lawyer and former slaveholder.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic explores the role religion played in the founding of the American colonies, in the shaping of early American life and politics, and in forming the American Republic. The Religion and the New Republic section includes information pertaining to revivals in Kentucky.

Global Gateway

France In America

Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. Included in the project is a map of Kentucky from actual survey by Elihu Barker.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Kentucky.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including Kentucky.

Prints and Photographs Division

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey

This list includes structures identified as the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER collection, entries will be added. The list includes images for Kentucky.

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

This 1955 print publication includes prints and photographs relating to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of U.S. locations (text and images). It is being prepared for the Internet in stages. Images of Kentucky are included.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--Kentucky to find digital images related to New York, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term Kentucky or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on Kentucky to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.

Today in History

May 17

Popular rider Oliver Lewis rode H. P. McGrath's thoroughbred Aristides to victory in the first Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875, at the Louisville Jockey Club. Fourteen of the fifteen jockeys in the derby, including Lewis, were African Americans.

June 7

On June 7, 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first saw the forests and valleys of present-day Kentucky. For more than a century, the Kentucky Historical Societyexternal link icon has celebrated June 7 as "Boone Day."

June 29

On June 29, 1852, statesman Henry Clay, known as "the Great Compromiser" for his feats of legislative reconciliation between the North and the South, died at the age of seventy-five at the Old National Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Born on a farm in Virginia on April 12, 1777, Clay practiced law in Virginia and Kentucky before embarking on a political career. He represented Kentucky both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives and was a guiding force in American political life. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives (as a Democratic Republican) from 1811-20 and again from 1823-24.

October 8

On October 8, 1862, Union and Confederate forces fought at Perryville, Kentucky, in a one-day battle that repulsed the South's attempt to bring that border state into the Confederacy. Although the summer of 1862 began promisingly for the Confederate cause, the fall brought failure and disappointment.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from Kentucky.

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