New Kentucky Derby Gallery

On Monday, May 17, 1875, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. decided to rally the crowds for the Derby and opened the infield to the public free of charge, according to one source. The last nail was hammered into the new grandstand moments before the gate opened and the first racing fans entered. Derby Day at Churchill Downs postcard, ca. 1920-1930s. [Postcard Collection, HRA-21]

It's arguably the biggest week in Louisville, as the town gets geared up for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby.  You've likely already seen Assistant Curator Johna Picco's post on the perfect Mint Julep. To continue to help you get in the spirit, whether you are near or far, Associate Curator Heather Stone has compiled a new addition to The Filson's online Galleries, highlighting items from the The Filson's collections relevant to the greatest two minutes in sports: The Kentucky Derby: "The Run for the Roses."

Vintage postcard, Greeting from Louisville, KY. Today’s “Long Shot” at Churchill Downs, undated. [Postcard Collection, HRA-33]

Vintage postcard, Greeting from Louisville, KY. Today’s “Long Shot” at Churchill Downs, undated. [Postcard Collection, HRA-33]

Galleries are a relatively new feature on our website. Each individual gallery is devoted to a single subject, event, person, or organization. Be it “The Great 1937 Flood,” “Steamboats on the Ohio River,” or other topic, any visitor to the website can view selected captioned images related to that single subject.  Galleries continue to be developed, and more will be released throughout 2015, making hundreds of images on a variety of topics available to both the interested browser and the serious researcher.

View of crowds at Churchill Downs, ca. 1930s. [Carl Bernhardt Photograph Collection, 995PC10.09]

View of crowds at Churchill Downs, ca. 1930s. [Carl Bernhardt Photograph Collection, 995PC10.09]

We encourage you to browse our Kentucky Derby gallery, and while you are there, take a look as some of our other galleries as well to learn more about our collections and our shared history.

 

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.

3 comments on “New Kentucky Derby Gallery

  1. Mary

    This is a good idea! Interest in the Kentucky Derby is worldwide!

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  2. Mary

    The Derby gallery is an interesting collection! I really enjoyed viewing it!

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    1. Jennie Cole

      Thank you for your interest, Mary!

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