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Kentuckiana Digital Library

In 2002, the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Virtual Library project received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize around 1,000 books about Kentucky history and literature. Since that time, the project has been expanded several times, and all of those books, along with a cornucopia of oral histories, photographs, and maps can be found at this site. Given...

https://kdl.kyvl.org/
Kentucky Maps

The folks at the University of Louisville Libraries have created a cartographic trove that will excite and delight historians, urbanologists, and geographers everywhere. This collection contains three atlases of Louisville and environs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, along with 74 additional maps from the Lafon Allen Kentucky Maps Collection. Mr. Allen was a son of Kentucky who was an...

http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/landingpage/collec...
Buffalo Trace Oral History Project

This engaging project was developed by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. It was designed to preserve the story of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky which has a truly remarkable history intertwined with that of the Bluegrass State. The project features the people and stories of the Buffalo Trace family, such as master distiller...

http://nunncenter.org/buffalo-trace-distillery-oral-history-...
"A Strike Against Starvation and Terror"

This site compiles historic films, images, and text related to the coal miners' strike that took place in Kentucky's Bell and Harlan Counties during 1931 and 1932. Created by the Appalachian Studies Program at the University of Kentucky, this educational resource profiles the cultural and economic milieu surrounding this event. First-time visitors would do well to read the introduction to a recent...

https://appalachiancenter.as.uky.edu/coal-strike/background-...
ExploreKY History

The ExploreKY History site is a bit of a "twofer" as it contains both a full-fledged interactive site about Kentucky history and an iPhone application. The site notes that it "takes the stories behind our community-driven historical markers, adds related items from the Kentucky Historical Society and combines it into a historical tour of our Commonwealth." The historical markers are crafted by the...

https://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

In 1973, the University of Kentucky began to collect oral histories from around the Bluegrass state. The project continues to this day. On this website, visitors can browse or search through over 8,000 of these oral history interviews, which are arranged by broad topics including Agriculture, Industries, Diversity, Education, Gender, and Veterans and Conflict. Within each of these categories,...

https://kentuckyoralhistory.org