Encountering Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith’s papers came to The Filson by way of the Heyburn family; after Margaret’s death, the son and daughter in law of her employer, a Mrs. Heyburn, reviewed her personal effects, as she had no other family, and saved her six diaries, along with 18 letters, a scrapbook, various pieces of ephemera, and 22 images.  About 25 years later, […]

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Summoning Spring: Transporting Ourselves to Warmer Weather through the Records of Anne Bruce Haldeman

[Transcription of the above] Notes: The garden has been designed to create a picture as well as to provide a place for cutting. The outer borders form a frame work of perennials, whereas the inner beds (after the tulip display) are intended for annuals, so planned as to give color and flowers for cutting throughout the season. Fill in spaces in […]

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An Englishwoman visits Mammoth Cave: The Travel Narrative of Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley

In preparation for my upcoming Filson Friday presentation, I have been reading some travel narratives written by early visitors to Kentucky. The predominance of early travel accounts are written by men, so I was delighted to come across a woman’s account of her travels in antebellum Kentucky. Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley was an English writer and poet.  She was a […]

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Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The Political and Campaign Quilt

In the past, I have written about quilting as a means of expression for women, but I never thought that it would lead to politics. I suppose it’s because I’ve grown up in an era where women have the right to vote and where people proclaim their political leanings quite publically (I’m looking at you, Facebook). I’ve got elections on […]

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Women’s History Month – Photos of Past Filson Staff Members

I love photography, specifically film photography. There is a certain depth to film that you just can’t get with a digital photo. Perhaps it’s that with digital photos, you can take thousands of images and choose the perfect one, discarding the rest, but with film, you have to be intentional. I love the feel of photo paper, the anticipation as […]

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March is Women’s History Month, and we have women’s history at The Filson!

During summer 2011, several of my colleagues and I delivered a two-part lecture entitled “‘Her’story: Encountering Women in The Filson’s Special Collections.”  Robin Wallace, Sarah-Jane Poindexter, Lydelle Abbott, and I presented a theme-based overview of women found within our department’s collections.  While we talked about different themes and different women, I believe our audience also gleaned some over-arching messages from […]

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A Filson Farewell…..

By Sarah-Jane Poindexter Five years ago I came to the Filson…a shy, green archivist with a mild understanding of local history and the daily challenges of the archival profession.  Today I depart, an experienced and confident associate curator prepared and excited to meet the challenges ahead.  I feel deeply grateful to the mentorship, friendship, and positive professional experience I have […]

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‘Her’Story: Women in The Filson’s Special Collections: Louise Marshall and The Cabbage Patch

The Summer 2011 Filson Friday talks by staff members of The Filson included a two-part series entitled ‘Her’Story: Encountering Women in the Filson’s Special Collections.  The blog will occasionally be featuring some of the women and women’s organizations discussed during these sessions. The Cabbage Patch neighborhood in Louisville received its name from its combined rural-industrial nature; it was farmland until […]

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‘Her’Story: Women in The Filson’s Special Collections: Peg Allison and The Second World War

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of our female forebears, The Filson is highlighting segments from the popular two-part series, originally presented in summer 2011 by Filson staff, entitled ‘Her’Story: Encountering Women in the Filson’s Special Collections. Stay tuned for future posts on women’s history and The Filson’s manuscript collections. A series of correspondence written almost weekly between 1939 […]

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‘Her’Story: Women in the Filson’s Special Collections: Frances Ingram, Neighborhood House, and Settlement Work

This summer’s Filson Friday talks by staff members of The Filson included a two part series entitled ‘Her’Story: Encountering Women in The Filson’s Special Collections.  The blog will occasionally be featuring some of the women and women’s organizations discussed during these sessions. As evidenced by participation in equal rights associations and women’s clubs, women of the late nineteenth and early […]

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