Filson Receives IMLS Grant!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded The Filson Historical Society the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.  This grant includes a set of preservation resources (mainly texts) which is intended to assist museums, libraries, and archives in caring for their unique collections. The retail value for the ‘bookshelf’ of materials is over $800, and some publications are not […]

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Salvaging water-damaged books, papers, and photographs

On August 4, the greater Louisville area experienced massive rainfall and flooding. Many institutions, such as the Louisville Free Public Library and the Kentucky Derby Museum, suffered extensive damage. (Fortunately, the Filson made it through the flood with no damage to its collections.) Undoubtedly, personal papers and photographs still in the hands of individuals and families were harmed as well. […]

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Double Cola across the South and Midwest, 1940

The recently donated Greensburg Bottling Company Records contain a wealth of information about the production and distribution of soft drinks in the mid to late twentieth century.  The records of the Greensburg Bottling Company, which bottled Double Cola and Ski at its plant in Greensburg, Kentucky, detail issues common to twentieth century manufacturing and also many that are unique to […]

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Browsing the Collections — John Mason Brown, 1900-1969, Diary

John Mason Brown, a native of Louisville, was a prominent New York theater critic, who wrote for such newspapers as the New York Evening Post from the late 1920s to the early 1940s.  He was so respected, in fact, that he served on the Pulitzer Prize drama jury, from which he resigned in 1963 after the advisory board refused his […]

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Sacramento in 1854: State Capitals, Steamboat Explosions, and Chinese Burial Rituals

The collections at The Filson are known for their wealth of information on the history of Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. The Filson’s holdings include a variety of materials from the residents of the Ohio Valley dating from the first settlement of Kentucky in the 1700s through the present day. However, those who settled in the Ohio Valley often […]

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Filson Favorites — Humorous Subject Headings

From time to time, a Filson staff member will share some of his or her favorite things about the society’s collections.  Today, Special Collections Intern Jonathon Free writes about his favorite subject heading from the card catalog. Sailors — Relations with women   When a collection is being processed in the Special Collections department, one of the last steps is to […]

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Happy Birthday to The Filson!

Inaugural Blog Post Celebrates The Filson’s 125th Birthday and New Website This month The Filson launches its new website. It has a new look that we believe viewers will enjoy; and more content that we know researchers will find useful. Additions will continue being made so viewers should check back regularly. One of the new features of The Filson site […]

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