Additions to PastPerfect Online: Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston’s “Mountain” Collection

by Jennie Cole

TC-MTN-55 - View of the Cumberland River, Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston Mountain Collection

View of the Cumberland River from the right of Pineville Gap with Pine Mountain on left. View shows the Louisville and Nashville [L & N] Railroad under construction and "Old" Pineville beyond the Cumberland River bend on right. [TC-MTN-55]

Thanks to volunteer Chip Arbegust and Associate Curator for Photographs and Prints Heather Potter, The Filson's online photo offerings continue to grow in PastPerfect Online.  Chip and Heather are currently focusing on the "Mountain" photograph collection of former Filson president and major donor Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston; three counties' worth of materials are now available for your viewing pleasure online.

Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston worked for the Kentucky Geological Survey in the 1880s, and for the Kentucky Union Railroad Land Company from the 1890s-1900s.  Thruston, along with his colleague Albert Roger Crandall, shot images in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia while working for these companies.  The collection also includes some images from additional, non-eastern Kentucky counties.

The counties now available for viewing are Bath, Bell, and Boyd, but please check back as more become available!

RCBT-MT-025 Interior of Robert Wilson's log cabin, Rogers Clark Ballard Thruston Mountain Collection

Interior of log cabin owned by Robert Wilson located in upper Cumberland Valley on Browney's Creek near the mouth of Cubbage Branch. Woman sits posed on chair with beds, quilts, and clothing behind her. Photographer notes on the verso, "This is one of the first attempts at taking such views with artificial light. It was a 3 minute exposure, burning magnesium ribbon. 1886." [RCBT-MT-025]

Jennie Cole

Jennie Cole is the Manager of Collection Access at The Filson. She has a MLIS with a specialization in Archives from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in History from the University of Louisville. Jennie's research interests in the Filson's collections include women's history, Camp Zachary Taylor, and Speed family of Louisville.

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