"The Society's collection of nearly 9,000 interviews is available to the public at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. Cataloged by county or by project, the interviews contain the irreplaceable recollections of Kentuckians from all walks of life. General community histories with elderly residents provide unique information on life in Kentucky during the early twentieth century, while over sixty special projects on topics such as tobacco, quilting, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Vietnam Veterans offer a more in-depth look at various aspects of Kentucky history. Interviews conducted for the award-winning Ohio River Portrait project are included in this collection and complement a series of photographs housed in the special collections department of the Kentucky Historical Society.
To discover oral history collections which have not yet been digitized, please see the KHS Library Catalog. The recordings and transcriptions of collections not yet online can be accessed in the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at the Center for Kentucky History. If you are unable to visit in person, please email the Library Reference Desk at KHSRefdesk@ky.gov to find out more about distance reference services."
"During the 1950s and ’60s, profound legal and social changes took place in Kentucky and across America as a result of the civil rights movement. This resource is designed to give a feel for the times, to explain some of the issues that were particularly important in Kentucky, and to inspire young people by showing how people their age have made a difference in society."
"These are documentary sound recordings of rural Kentucky music and lore collected under the auspices of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress between 1933 and 1942. Performed by farmers, laborers, coal miners, preachers, housewives, public officials, soldiers, grandparents, adolescents, and itinerant musicians, they present a full spectrum of traditional expressive culture from twelve of Eastern Kentucky’s mountain counties: ballads and lyric songs, play-party ditties and comic pieces, topical and protest material, fiddle and banjo tunes, hymns and sacred songs, children's games and lullabies, and a variety of spoken lore—religious testimonies, occupational reminiscences, tall tales, jokes, and family and personal narratives."
Book Sources: Kentucky
A selection of books/e-books available in Trible Library.
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