Monday, March 28, 2016

New Collection Guide Viewer

ExploreUK launched a new viewer for collection guide this morning!

This viewer was created to work with our new online requesting system, Aeon. Users will now be able to select and request materials within the finding aid viewer for use in the Breckinridge Research Room or for digital reproduction orders.

Collection guides featuring digital content will display a small thumbnail of the materials. Users can click the thumbnail to see a full-sized rendering of the image and right click to download a high resolution .jpg copy. The viewer utilizes Bootstrap, a framework that allows scalability for use on mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

We will continue to evolve the finding aid viewer based on user assessment and feedback. Please send thoughts and suggestions to sclref [at] lsv [dot] uky [dot] edu.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Of Syllabubs, Creams, and Flummery

The Special Collections Research Center has recently acquired a 1796 printing of the cookbook, The Frugal Housewife: or, Complete Woman Cook. Written by Susannah Carter of Clerkenwall, England, The Frugal Housewife was first published in 1765. It strongly influenced the first American cookery book by Amelia Simmons.

Engraved frontis leaf

This 1796 printing by James Carey of Philadelphia was one of the first American printings, preceded by extremely rare printing from Boston [1772] and New York [1792 and 1795] with engravings by Paul Revere. The 1796 printing contains two beautiful frontis leaves of engraved plates, showing the reader how to dress different cuts of meat for roasting or boiling. 

So enjoy these recipes for syllabubs, an English sweet drink made from whipped cream or milk and wine or cider!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Louisville Tornado of 1890 Stereographs

The Louisville Tornado of 1890 stereographs (dated 1890; 0.05 cubic feet; 13 items) are now on ExploreUK. The collection comprises stereographs that document the Louisville Tornado of 1890 taken by George Barker. Identified locations include the Louisville Tobacco Warehouse, Baxter Square, Burnhams Store, the Church of the Sacred Heart, St. John’s Church, Falls City Hall, and the Union Depot. These images document the wreckage in different regions of the city.

The Louisville Tornado of 1890 occurred on March 27, killing over one-hundred people and injuring fifty-five. The tornado hit much of the downtown area, flattening many buildings. Among the many businesses, homes, warehouses, and buildings that were destroyed, the Falls City Hall was one of the most damaged sites. This tornado still remains one of the most destructive natural disaster in the history of Kentucky.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Remembering the 1964 Civil Rights March in Frankfort

On March 5, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led ten thousand people on a peaceful Civil Rights march in Frankfort, Kentucky. The rally supported a bill to desegregate public accommodations in Kentucky. Dr. King and several other leaders gave speeches backing the proposed bill and met with Gov. Breathitt. After the march, a group of people led by Frank Stanley, Jr., staged a hunger strike in the House gallery to coerce legislators to pass the bill. It never made it out of committee, but the subsequent Civil Rights Act of 1966 was passed in large part to the influence garnered by the march and hunger strike. For further details and photographs from this march, see the Jim Curtis photograph collection on Civil Rights in Kentucky.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Kentucky Military Institute cadet photographs

The Kentucky Military Institute cadet photographs (dated 1881; 0.02 cubic feet; 13 items) are now on ExploreUK. This collection includes 13 carte-de-viste of various cadets who attended the Kentucky Military Institute. The images are all dated 1881 May 27.

The Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) was founded in 1845 by Colonel Robert Thomas Pitcairn Allen and chartered in 1847 as a military preparatory school. It operated locations in Lyndon, Kentucky, and Venice, Florida, where all the students were classified as cadets. Due to high tuition and waning interest in military schools, KMI closed in 1971 and eventually merged the Kentucky Country Day School in 1971.

Above: Edward Sumner. St. Louis, Missouri, 1881

Monday, December 14, 2015

Kentucky County Court Records Now Online

A batch of Kentucky county court records dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries have been digitized for access on ExploreUK.

These records (0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) consist of three complaints filed in the Hardin Circuit Court. One complaint was filed by William P. Duvall, a legislator and governor of Florida, as the attorney for Thomas Helm who was trying to collect money owed to him. F. Grundy lodged the other two complaints; one concerns an assault and battery and the other an unpaid debt.

These records (0.15 cubic feet; 2 items) contain information about the court and its proceedings during a period from September 1785 to May 1799.The first item is an execution book containing entries for cases that the court heard. The second item is a record book of court transactions from September 1787 to May 1799. This record book begins with an index of cases (at the beginning of the volume). The index is followed by a section regarding the rules of court.

These records (0.1 cubic feet; 72 items) consists of legal documents issued by the Kentucky Circuit Court in Jessamine County from 1800 to 1823. Many of the documents were signed by Samuel H. Woodson, who served as court clerk from 1798, when Jessamine County was formed, to 1819. The papers include summonses, records of settlements of estates, and records relating to the execution of court decisions, such as the collection of debts.

This book (0.13 cubic feet; 1 item) is a bound book of Bonds of Turnpike Contractors that records the bonds issued by Jessamine County to various businessmen for the laying of rock for roadways. The records date from June 27, 1898 to June 24, 1916.

These records (0.1 cubic feet; 73 items) records contain miscellaneous depositions, bonds, summons, and other legal papers issued in Muhlenberg County, Ky. Many of the documents bear the signature of Charles F. Wing, clerk of the county circuit court from 1798 to 1856. Also included is a listing of the accounts of John Randolph as handled by John Clay (1803-1805).