Planning your research trip to the Filson has never been easier. The Filson library recently added some new content to the website that will help you plan your visit.
Are you just beginning your research? Take a look through our Vertical File guides to find out if we have any files relevant to your research topic. Our family files contain information useful in genealogical or biographical research, while our subject files are helpful when researching a historical topic. Our files contain items such as correspondence, research notes, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous materials. Vertical files can be a great place to start your research and give you ideas for further avenues to explore.
Are you interested in genealogy or African American history? Looking for information on a local business? Or perhaps you need to find a historic map of Louisville or a Kentucky county. Take a look at our Research Guides to find detailed information on what the Filson library has on these topics. Our library staff prepared these guides for some of our popular research topics.
Find out more about the Online Databases that the Filson library subscribes to. Although you will have to visit the Filson in person to use these databases, you will find the library subscribes to several helpful resources, including Ancestry.com and Fold3.
Unable to visit the Filson library in person? Order photocopies or request research using one of our online forms.
We hope that the website will become a good starting point for research and a helpful resource for our patrons.