Research Guides

Research Guides

The following guides are available for consultation as you begin your research. For collection inventories and indexes to vertical files such as the Family Files and Newspaper Clipping Files, please see the Finding Aids page.

Genealogy and Library Guides:


Newspapers on Microfilm at the Filson Library

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Our Collections department also has print issues of many historic newspapers; email gro.l1627307278aciro1627307278tsihn1627307278oslif1627307278@hcra1627307278eser1627307278 for more information.


Researching a Louisville business? Try searching our Louisville Business Index to find information on local firms.

Louisville Business Index

Researching Your Home/Building:

Interested in learning the history of your home or building? These guides can help you get started! Click to open a PDF of each guide.

Joanne Weeter, Using City Directories to Determine the Date of Construction for Your Urban Structure, Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission, Louisville, KY, revised 2015

Steve Wiser: Researching Your Home, revised 2020 | Using LFPL’s Sanborn Maps | Using LFPL’s Louisville Courier Journal Database

Filson Staff Examples from Blog Posts

Louisville Maps and Atlases are another way to learn about the past ownership of property – see University of Louisville Digital Collections: Kentucky Maps 

Looking more broadly than the Louisville area? Check out these resources to help you research nationwide!

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 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.l1627307278aciro1627307278tsihn1627307278oslif1627307278@hcra1627307278eser1627307278.


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