Mystery Item #1

This entry marks the beginning of a new series of posts on the Filson blog: the Mystery Item.  From time to time, a Filson staff member will choose an item from the society’s collections and challenge the blog readers to identify the item.  The first person to give the correct answer will win an item from the Filson’s bookstore.  Today, […]

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Browsing in Our Archives: Kentucky Fee Book, 1787-1788

A large part of our work in Special Collections is helping researchers access manuscript materials.  Over the years, an archivist notices patterns in research topics, and it is interesting to observe which collections are frequently used and which are not.   Some collections are used by a variety of researchers working on any number of topics from the eighteenth century to […]

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The Filson Bids Farewell to Heather Fox

Friday, September 4, marks Special Collections Assistant Heather Fox’s final day at The Filson.  In May 2008, Heather joined the staff as an H. F. Boehl Summer Intern, while she completed her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Since last August, she has served in her current position as Special Collections Assistant.  She now moves […]

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Filson Favorites: Photographs

From time to time, a Filson staff member will share some of his or her favorite things about the society’s collections.  Today, Robin Wallace, Associate Curator of Special Collections, writes about one of her favorite images from The Filson’s photograph collection. Miss Rings and Miss Reticules The Daguerreotype is one of the earliest and most striking photographic processes; the Filson […]

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Filson Reviews: Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”

Since the early 1940’s, World War II has spawned a massive battery of films, both documentary and narrative-based.  This proves, at least in the world of motion pictures, that the historical milestone that is World War II continues to be one of the most entertaining (and profitable) platforms on which to base a film. The most recent WWII film is […]

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Recently Discovered Filson Film and Home Movie Day

While surveying the Filson’s audio-visual collection last week I found an 8mm Filson home movie.  Entitled “The Filson Moves Along” the film includes footage from May 1971 of “scenes of the Filson Club party preparations, Mr. Harry Hill carving ham, members preparing beaten biscuits and ham on the day before the party” and also scenes from the Filson Club Christmas […]

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The Old Taylor Celebration at Buffalo Trace Distillery

I had the pleasure of attending a party at the Buffalo Trace Distillery on July 29th.  The purpose of this party was to celebrate the purchase of the Old Taylor brand from Fortune Brands, the company that owns Jim Beam bourbon.  E. H. Taylor, Jr. founded the OFC distillery in Frankfort, Ky. and that distillery is now the Buffalo Trace […]

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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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