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Reference Sources

Primary Sources

The Department of Library Special Collections acquires and preserves materials primarily related to Kentucky and Kentuckians, with the objective of making them available to researchers interested in the state, its people and their relationship to the world. Visit us to learn about the Civil War, World War II, Kentucky authors, Mammoth Cave, Western Kentucky University, genealogy, folklore, Kentucky Shakers, politics and more. It consists of the Kentucky Library Research Collections, Manuscripts & Folklife Archives, and WKU Archives.

· Dr. Lucas’ research materials on TopSCHOLAR  
[Note: Because the files are so large, it may take several minutes for them to download.]
· Church minutes (including white and “colored” members).  Examples are:  Sandy Creek in Butler County, 1805-1903 (MSS 313); another Butler County church, 1830-1867 (SC 612); a Logan County church, 1844-1877 (SC  688); Mt. Pleasant, Barren County, 1804-1992 (SC 1175); Mt. Tabor, Barren County, 1798-1870 (SC 2162); Beaver Dam, Edmonson County, 1815-1847 (SC 620)
· John Hardin’s speech “African American Education in Kentucky,” 1996 (SC 972) 
· Ephemera (usually stereotyping Blacks, but occasionally a  rare gem like…)  the concert program at Western of  the First African American to record “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve  Seen” (Ephemera G-039)
· Student’s attempt  to receive credit for course taken at African American school, 1922 (SC 1658)
· Oral histories with African Americans:  29 interviews from 14 counties on their educational opportunities (FA 166); 22 interviews from Taylor County, 2006 (FA 202); 50 cassette tapes by Maxine Ray, interviewing Warren Countians, 1997-2000 (FA 509); Glasgow, 2004 (FA 457); Trigg County, 1995 (FA 196); one Warren county female, 1990 (FA 76); gospel musician, 1988 (FA 376)
· World War II  African American war service news clippings (MSS 326)
· General Education Board, Early South Program (on microfilm; MICRO D117, N36-44)
· Vertical file of  news clippings: KL VF General entitled “African Americans”
· Scrapbook of an artist Mazie Lee (Allen) Thomas, Adairville, Logan County compiled by niece (MSS 199)
· 1926 Warren County School Survey School Conditions summary (including African American schools) – Broadside)-3233
· Warren County African American burials (SC 2836)
· Photographs of lynchings in Scottsville, July 18, 1894 (2010.69.1) and in Russellville, 1908 (1997.175.1) ; Students  might  also be interested in NPR’s story on the last public  lynching in America which occurred in Owensboro, KY in 1912.
· Photographs with African American employees, workers, slaves, etc.
· Advertisement in Scrapbook:  child eating watermelon (SBK 147)
· Sheet music [again heavily stereotyped including “coon songs”] including SM01132, SM00625, SM03306, SM03177, SM03329
· Letter expressing “unrest among African Americans”, 1874  (SC 136)
· Campaign card & buttons (Ephemera B &  Kentucky Museum)
Books in Special Collections are found via  the one search box on the library home page.

Secondary Sources


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Dan Forrest
Cravens Library, Room 606
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11067
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101