Browse Exhibits (13 total)

University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time -- Early Coeds

This exhibit "Early Coeds" charts the paths of some exceptional UK women and also explores the experience of the average coed. Although white women have been attending the University of Kentucky since the 1880s, women have not always held an equal standing with men. How was their experience different from white male students and why?

 

The exhibit University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time is an expanded on-line version of the physical exhibit created by University of Kentucky (UK) Archives exhibit intern and UK History Ph.D. student Jennifer McCabe for display at the 2017 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon sponsored by the UK Women's Forum on March 23, 2017. 

The exhibit poses two central questions--"What is Real Change?" and "When Does Real Change Occur?" -- and seeks to answer them through highlighting notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees - white and of color - who displayed remarkable strength and leadership in ushering in real changes twoard full equality with men throughout the 20th century, particularly during times of campus tumult and change: white women being admitted to the school, white women being allwed to enter all majors and live on campus, racial integration for women and men, Title IX, and various protest movements. Each of these times of tumult have their own separate online exhibit, tied together by the opening title "University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time." 

Moving through this exhibit chronologically and thematically, it becomes clear that exact dates for real change and inequality are difficult to pinpoint.  Instead, individual female leaders and groups of UK women fought hard for a long time in order that current UK community members might benefit from their struggle for a better world. And, the struggle continues.

UK Women: Leaders in Time -- Sarah B. Holmes

Sarah Bennet Holmes was a leader of women nationally and at the University of Kentucky.  Overcoming incredible hardship, widowed with four young children, working through the Great Depression, and one of the few women to rise through the administrative ranks at UK in the early nineteenth century, Holmes served as a role model for generations of women.   

The exhibit UK Women: Leaders in Time was created to be displayed at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon in the spring of 2017.  The exhibit highlights notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees who displayed remarkable strength and leadership throughout the 20th century.  The remarkable woman highlighted here represenst a snapshot of the strength and veractiy UK women are capable of - particularly during times of tumult and change.  Sarah Holmes was a certainly a leader for women during this time.

Two questions tie together the central theme of this exhibit.  The two questions are "What is Real Change?" And, "When Does Real Change Occur?" This exhibit charts some of the more tumultuous times the university has undergone; for example: women being admitted to the school, women being allowed to enter all majors and live on campus, integration, Title IX, and various protest movements.  

 

UK Women: Leaders in Time --Integration

 The University of Kentucky was one of the first southern institutions of higher education to desegregate their graduate school when Lyman Johnson and the NAACP successfully sued the university for denying him an education in 1949 - five years before the U.S. Supreme Court would declare racial segregation in education unconstitutional.

But, although UK was one of the first southern institutions to desegregate their graduate school, the road to full integration and racial equality within the universtiy was a long and painful process that took most of the 20th century.

UK's student population remained over 90% white through to the 1980s and subsequently was forced to devise a desegregation action plan by the federal government for failure to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

When facing these numbers one needs to ask, "What is Real Change?" The following exhibit explores the often-messy path the University of Kentucky took through racial desegregation under federal law and the course to real equality.

 

The exhibit UK Women: Leaders in Time was created to be displayed at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon in the spring of 2017.  The exhibit highlights notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees who displayed remarkable strength and leadership throughout the 20th century.  The remarkable women highlighted here represent a snapshot of the strength and veractiy UK women are capable of - particularly during times of tumult and change.

Two questions tie together the central theme of this exhibit.  The two questions are "What is Real Change?" And, "When Does Real Change Occur?" This exhibit charts some of the more tumultuous times the university has undergone.  This exhibit in particular focuses on the university's journey through racial integration. 

 

UK Women: Leaders in Time --The Modern Struggle

The exhibit UK Women: Leaders in Time was created to be displayed at the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon in the spring of 2017.  The exhibit highlights notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees who displayed remarkable strength and leadership throughout the 20th century.  The remarkable women highlighted here represent a snapshot of the strength and veractiy UK women are capable of - particularly during times of progress and change.

Two questions tie together the central theme of this exhibit:  "What is Real Change?" And, "When Does Real Change Occur?" This exhibit, The Modern Struggle, looks specifically at the later years of the 20th century and finds that change does not happen quickly but rather comes in fits and bursts. The march towards equality and the progress women have made today would not have been possible without the tenacity and courage of the women themselves of the University of Kentucky.

 

 

 

University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time

The exhibit University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time is an expanded on-line version of the physical exhibit created by University of Kentucky (UK) Archives exhibit intern and UK History Ph.D. student Jennifer McCabe for display at the 2017 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon sponsored by the UK Women's Forum on March 23, 2017. 

The exhibit poses two central questions--"What is Real Change?" and "When Does Real Change Occur?" -- and seeks to answer them through highlighting notable UK alumna, faculty, and employees - white and of color - who displayed remarkable strength and leadership in ushering in real changes twoard full equality with men throughout the 20th century, particularly during times of campus tumult and change: white women being admitted to the school, white women being allwed to enter all majors and live on campus, racial integration for women and men, Title IX, and various protest movements. Each of these times of tumult have their own separate online exhibit, tied together by the opening title "University of Kentucky Women: Leaders in Time." 

Moving through this exhibit chronologically and thematically, it becomes clear that exact dates for real change and inequality are difficult to pinpoint.  Instead, individual female leaders and groups of UK women fought hard for a long time in order that current UK community members might benefit from their struggle for a better world. And, the struggle continues.

Famous Authors in the Special Collections Research Center

A sampling of the authors whose letters are collected in the Special Collections Research Center.

Margaret Lantis: A Lifetime of Inquiry

The Margaret Lantis Collection comprises Lantis's field notes, research, publications, and professional and personal correspondence and photographs. This exhibit highlights a sampling of her major research and work emphases and provides a glimpse into the collection's rich content that chronicles 90 years of this esteemed anthropologist's life.

The first exhibit section, Margaret Lantis, provides a biographical sketch of Lantis's life and career; while the subsequent sections spotlight prominent collection series.