Manuscript Database

Manuscript Database

Search the Filson Historical Society’s Manuscript Collections online!

The Manuscript Database is the primary access point for subject-level descriptions of the Filson’s manuscript collections, which include personal and family papers and diaries, business and organization’s records, scrapbooks, architectural records, and autograph collections.  Online indexes and research tools for searching other portions of the Filson’s collections are available via the menu on the left side of the page. This database will not link to digitized materials, only descriptions. By clicking on the “View Cards” button that appears on a specific search result page, you can see an image of the catalog card(s) for the collection.

Instructions:  Please use the search box below to do an online search of the Manuscript Database, which will provide subject level descriptions.  The database defaults to a keyword “AND” search of all fields (for example, it will look for the words John AND Smith if you type in John Smith).  For help with searching and further searching tips, please use the help link below the search box.  Please note that this search will lead you to detailed information on the subjects found within the collections, not digital images of the collections themselves.

If you have any questions, please contact the Collections Department for more information via email .gro.1635123126lacir1635123126otsih1635123126nosli1635123126f@hcr1635123126aeser1635123126

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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!

Visit the Filson

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

The Filson will reopen to the public on September 1st, 2021 – Read More! 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 are resuming in person research, and suggest reserving a seat – learn more here.  The research library is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Please note: For the remainder of 2021 the Filson’s Research Library will be closing at 12:30 pm on the third Friday of each month.

We also continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1635123126aciro1635123126tsihn1635123126oslif1635123126@hcra1635123126eser1635123126.


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