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.

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.1601537710lacir1601537710otsih1601537710nosli1601537710f@hcr1601537710aeser1601537710

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Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2021

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.

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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 postponed or virtual; 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.l1601537710aciro1601537710tsihn1601537710oslif1601537710@hcra1601537710eser1601537710.

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