Photos and Prints

Photos and Prints

Dating from the 1840s to the present, the Filson’s photograph and print collections document agriculture, commerce and industry, transportation, politics, family histories, and aspects of social and cultural histories from the Ohio River Valley region and abroad.  A large portion of our photograph collection is comprised of Louisville and Southern Indiana family photos which include a wide array of formats, from daguerreotypes to tintypes, candid snapshots and photograph albums, to professional studio portraits.


In-House Access

PastPerfect is the Filson’s in-house keyword searchable database that includes information on subject photographs, individuals, family collections, institutional collections, business collections, prints, and films. Patrons who visit the Filson will be instructed on how to use PastPerfect to view digital images or to find photograph and print collection information in order to see originals.

Online Access Tools

  • PastPerfect Online– PastPerfect Online contains information  and digital images of select photograph and museum collections. It only contains a small percentage of our overall collections, so please contact the Filson for more information on photographic and museum materials.
  • Finding Aids– Finding aids to a portion of our photograph collections are available online; you can conduct a search or browse at the linked page, which also includes manuscript. Photograph collection finding aids provide an overview of the collection, along with a container list, but no digital images.
  • Digital Collections– Along with PastPerfect Online, the Filson provides digital access to some of our image collections via online exhibits and collections on the Omeka platform.

Collection Reproductions

To request reproductions of Photographs and Prints please consult our Order Reproductions page: https://filsonhistorical.org/collections/order-reproductions/#Reproductions

If you have a research question pertaining to our Photograph and Print Collections please contact Heather J. Potter, Curator of Photographs and Prints.

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!

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.  Holiday Schedule: We will be closed to the Public from December 24th, 2021 through January 3rd, 2022.

We also continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1638811588aciro1638811588tsihn1638811588oslif1638811588@hcra1638811588eser1638811588.

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