The galleries below include thematic highlights from our extensive photograph collection. Click on the gallery name or featured image to explore each gallery. To view our new and exciting digital exhibits and collections page, visit The Filson Digital Exhibits page.
Our photograph collection contains approximately 70,000 photographic prints, negatives, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, slides and films. The collection dates from the 1840s to the present and documents agriculture, architecture, commerce and industry, river history, transportation, and other aspects of social history. There are photographs from all areas of Kentucky as well as from other states and foreign countries. Portions of our photograph collection can also be searched using our online database, which will be available soon.
Steamboats on the Ohio River