Finding Aids

Finding Aids


The Collections Department of the Filson holds primary source material such as letters, diaries, business and institutional records, photographs, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, and other material unique and rare. Ephemera such as newspaper clippings, family files, genealogy collections, sheet music, theater programs, and broadsides are also part of the collection. The Filson has been collecting and preserving Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region’s significant stories since 1884.

To assist you, we have digitized the finding aids for many of our manuscript collections and photo collections, along with inventory lists of many of our library vertical files; you can view the finding aids on the web or download a PDF version (you will need Adobe Reader, or similar software, to view a PDF document). The finding aids include descriptions of the collections and their creators, as well as full folder listings for each. Please note that these guides only cover a portion of our manuscript collections; please use the Filson’s online catalog or manuscript database for a more thorough search, or feel free to contact the department for more information.

To search by keyword, family, or company name that may span multiple collections, use the search tool below. For a complete listing of all finding aids and indexes, please click on the “Browse All Finding Aids” button.

For information or questions regarding these materials please contact the Filson’s Collections Department via phone (502) 635-5083 between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday, or email .gro.1618533493lacir1618533493otsih1618533493nosli1618533493f@hcr1618533493aeser1618533493

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

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1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1618533493aciro1618533493tsihn1618533493oslif1618533493@hcra1618533493eser1618533493.


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