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Search The Filson Historical Society’s Card Catalog Online!

The Manuscript Database is an access point for manuscript collections, which include personal and family papers and diaries, business and organization records, scrapbooks, architectural record collections, and autograph collections.  Online indexes and research tools for searching other portions of the Filson's collections are available on various parts of the website.

Instructions:  Please use the search box below to do an online search of the Manuscript Database.  The database defaults to a keyword “AND” search of all fields (for example, it will look for either the word 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.  When using the database, we recommend using a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.  The database is not optimized for Internet Explorer use and you may experience problems.

If you have any questions, please contact the Collections Department for more information via phone (502) 635-5083 between 9am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, or email research@filsonhistorical.org.

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For information or questions regarding these materials please contact the Filson’s Collections Department via phone (502) 635-5083 between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, or email: research@filsonhistorical.org.  (You will need Adobe Reader, or similar software, to view a PDF document.)