Banjos, Bourbon Barrels, & Bluegrass

Materials from the Kentucky Digital Library

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Just a small sampling of the wonderful photographs from the Alexandra Soteriou photographs collection (University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center).

The Alexandra Soteriou photographs (dated 1968, 0.83 cubic feet, 5 boxes) comprise a scrapbook and photo negatives that document everyday life in Lexington, Kentucky, from April to June 1968, following the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Some photographs also appear to be taken in Cincinnati, Ohio. The scrapbook additionally contains quotes and poems accompanying the photographs. Many of the negatives and scrapbook pages detail African-American life on Kenton Street in Lexington. Some negatives show crowds in front of Buell Armory on the University of Kentucky’s campus. All pictures and negatives in the collection are attributed to Alexandra Soteriou.

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We’re trying to decide if the tenant drew this little sketch or if the Land Company added it to emphasize the eviction.  (Document from the Bryant Family Papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.)

We’re trying to decide if the tenant drew this little sketch or if the Land Company added it to emphasize the eviction.  (Document from the Bryant Family Papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.)

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Shedding some light on an 1885 Passport.

Unlike their pocket-sized,  modern-day counterparts, US passports in the 1880’s were significantly larger. 

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This one from 1885 measures 12 x 18 inches, and that’s folded.

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Unfolded here,  the document hints at another surprise. You can see traces of an elaborate watermark in the paper.

The elaborate design is even more noticeable when illuminated from behind.  We placed this one on a large large light table and photographed it from above. 

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And, we were amazed at what it revealed. 

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