The Kentuckiana Digital Library is an ongoing project to
organize and provide access to archival collections of colleges, universities,
libraries, and historical societies in the state of Kentucky. To that
end, the project includes a Finding Aids Collection which provides
a single access point to over 4500 archival collection finding aids
representing 16 Kentucky repositories. While many of the finding aids
consist only of the traditional collection description, there is quite
a bit of content that has been digitized. Emphasis is on unique or
not widely available materials with a strong Kentucky orientation.
Women's Studies Content
The database is rich in women's studies materials covering a wide
variety of subjects - labor, politics, health, education, and women's
rights, to name a few. Some of the noteworthy collections are:
Clay Photograph Collection - Clay was founder of the Kentucky
Equal Rights Assocation and a recognized national leader in the
women's suffrage movement. She devoted herself to improving "the
unworthy position of women."
Ingels Collection - a pioneer in the air conditioning industry,
Ingels was the first woman at the University of Kentucky to receive
an engineering degree and the first woman in the nation to receive
a graduate degree in engineering. The photographic prints, 178
images, in this collection have been digitized.
Elliott Flanery Photographic Collection - Flanery was a member
of the Kentucky Equal Rights Commission and fought for women's
suffrage. She ran as a Democratic candidate in Boyd County in 1921
and managed to unseat the incumbent Republican, becoming the first
woman Kentucky state legislator. This collection consists of 40
photographs by or about Mary Elliott Flanery and her immediate
Wilson Stewart Collection - a nationally recognized education
reformist for establishing an adult education program aimed at
eliminating illiteracy known as the "Moonlight Schools." These
photographs document moonlight schools in Eastern Kentucky. Most
of the 628 images are of classroom scenes or individual or group
portraits of students and teachers.
Nursing Service Oral History Project - these interviews document
the history of the organization that brought primary health care
to remote areas of eastern Kentucky.
Alice Metcalf Performing Arts Photographic Collection, 1880-1955 -
includes photographs of a number of actresses including Ethel Barrymore,
Sarah Bernhardt, and others.
It is possible to search across all collections or within the individual
Aids - Because it is not possible to limit searching to digiized
content only, it is difficult to ferret out available primary source
material from the vast number of finding aids. There are options
to search and browse.
Text - The majority of the digitized books were taken from A
Bibliography of Kentucky History, the link to which allows
for more search options - author, title, date, subject, and entire
record. One may browse the Bibliography by subject, the
results of which include a brief descriptive record with annotation
for each corresponding title in the collection. All titles have
not been digitized, but for those that are, the record includes
a link to the item. An interesting feature is that the subjects
and date in each record are linked so that one may pull up, for
example, all items in the collection with the same publication
date. The subjects, however, are very broad and inexplicably exclude "Women."
- Images -
This is organized by the archival collections which make up the Images
database. One may browse image collections by title or subject. Search
options are keyword or phrase searching on the entire record, title,
creator, date, subject, collection, repository, and identifier.
History - The transcripts that comprise this collection may
be browsed by title. Options for searching include full text, title,
creator, subject, collection, and more.
- Newspapers -
the full-text of six newspapers are searchable
(AND, OR, NOT)
(images and some finding aids)
The University of Alabama
January 15, 2007