Kentucky State Guide
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 is especially designed for elementary
and middle school students.
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
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
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.
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.
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.
Bibliographies and Guides
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.
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,
Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American
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.
Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library
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.
& 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 Society has celebrated June 7 as "Boone Day."
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.
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.
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.