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The Jenkins, Kentucky Photographic Collection, 1911-1930

The Jenkins, Kentucky Photographic Collection, 1911-1930 is a visual history of the coal-mining community. Originally photographed for Consolidation Coal Company, the 204 images document life in Jenkins from 1911 to 1913. This collection has been digitized and is available on ExploreUK

The Kentucky Union Land Company records, 1791-1935, bulk 1880-1899

The Kentucky Union Land Company (KULC) was a subsidiary of the Kentucky Union Railway Company and was responsible primarily for conducting surveys, purchasing lands through which the railway would run, and securing the right of way for the railway. The Kentucky Union Railway line eventually crossed over 500,000 acres of valuable coal, iron, and timber lands, lying mostly in the eastern Kentucky counties of Breathitt, Perry, and Letcher. This collection has been digitized as part of the NEH-funded Coal, Camps, & Railroads grant and is available on ExploreUK.

Va. Iron, Coal & Coke Co., Middlesboro, KyPostcard Collection, circa 1890-1990

The Postcard Collection at the University of Kentucky's Special Collections consists of over 50,000 postcards published between 1890-1990, representing several publishing eras and dozens of subjects, states and countries, and postcard publishers and manufacturers. Search for keywords such as "coal," "Appalachia," and "mine." This collection has been digitized and is available on ExploreUK.

LandNLouisville and Nashville Railroad Company and Lexington and Eastern Railway Company records, 1911-1917

The Lexington and Eastern Railway Company (L&E) was initially incorporated as the Kentucky Union Railway Company in 1872 and was later purchased by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (L&N) in 1910. This collection contains case files for lawsuits filed against the L&E and L&N in eastern Kentucky in the early twentieth century. Materials include correspondence, legal documents, maps, sketches, and a few newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the cases. This collection was arranged and described as part of the Arranging and Describing Archives Related to Appalachian History and Culture, a "We the People" NEH grant, and digitized as part of the NEH-funded Coal, Camps, and Railroads grant.

Henry Clay McDowell papers, 1827-1899

The Henry Clay McDowell papers (part of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation records), include correspondence and legal and financial records that document McDowell’s development of the Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia, and the Kentucky Union Land Company, the parent company of the Kentucky Union Railroad. The papers have been digitized as part of the NEH-funded Coal, Camps, & Railroads grant and is available on ExploreUK.

Means family papers, 1849-1954

The Means family played a dominant role in the development of the iron industry in the Hanging Fork region of southern Ohio and in eastern Kentucky. They also played a prominent part in the development of both river and rail transportation in the area and in the formation of Ashland, Kentucky as an industrial city. These papers include both personal and business-related correspondence, financial records, legal documents, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, journals, scrapbooks, and photographs. This collection was arranged and described as part of the Arranging and Describing Archives Related to Appalachian History and Culture, a "We the People" NEH grant. The Means family papers have been digitized as part of the NEH-funded Coal, Camps, & Railroads grant and is available on ExploreUK.

Richmond and Louisville Railroad Company records, 1880-1884

This collection consists of records relating to the early history of the Richmond and Louisville Railroad Company. The larger portion of the collection is made up of technical documents such as records of deeds, level books, and transit books from the company's formative years. These records provide such information as the names of property owners, place names, topographical notes and limited descriptions of local economies. In addition, the railroad records include important organizational and financial documents such as the minutes from meetings of shareholders and the Board of Directors, and a paymaster's book detailing payrolls, expenses and accounts paid.

SeatonSeaton family papers, 1788-1956

This collection primarily relates to the Seaton family of Ashland, Kentucky, who played a dominant role in the development of the iron industry in the Hanging Fork region of southern Ohio and in eastern Kentucky. They also played a prominent part in the development of both river and rail transportation in the area and in the formation of Ashland, Kentucky as an industrial city. These papers include both personal and business-related correspondence, financial records, legal documents, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, journals, scrapbooks, and photographs. This collection was arranged and described as part of the Arranging and Describing Archives Related to Appalachian History and Culture, a "We the People" NEH grant. The Seaton family papers have been digitized as part of the NEH-funded Coal, Camps, & Railroads grant and is available on ExploreUK.

E. I. Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety, 1912-1915

The E. I. Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety (dated 1912-1915; 0.5 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of Viopticon glass slide, handbills, and campaign pins. Buddy Thompson was an author and auctioneer in Lexington, Kentucky, who wrote a well known biography of Lexington madam Belle Brezing.

Paul Thompson collection on railroads and rail travel, 1949-1979

The Paul Thompson collection on railroads (dated 1949-1979; 0.47 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprises both photographs and promotional items. The collection represents an important era in American history during which the railroads were at the fore of the nation's progress and expansion across the continent.

Louis Edward Nollau Nitrate Photographic Print Collection, circa 1885-1966 and Louis Edward Nollau F Series Photographic Print Collection, circa 1885-1966

Professor of Engineering Drawing at the University of Kentucky for 49 years, Louis Edward Nollau was also a prolific photographer. Because of his interest in photography and the college, Nollau was the first "official" campus photographer. Search for keywords such as "rail," "train," and "railroad." These collections have been digitized and are available on ExploreUK: nitrate photographic collection and photograph print collection.