May 20, 2022

Digital Collections: University of Kentucky Libraries Makes 13,000+ Lexington Herald-Leader Images Available Online

From the University of Kentucky:

This fall, the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center launched a custom digital library for the John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader (LHL) photographs collection. The site provides access to more than 13,000 digitized images with advanced search features, location mapping, an integrated collection guide viewer and more.

The LHL collection consists of an estimated 2 million unique photographic negatives spanning the years 1939-2001. The collection is an unparalleled source of photographic evidence of the many historical, cultural, and industrial changes that have shaped Lexington and its surrounding region.


In 2004, the collection was donated to UK Libraries who obtained a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to transform this large newspaper negative collection from an unprocessed and only marginally accessible state, to a well-documented archival collection with a searchable database.

This digital collection is powered by Omeka.

Direct to John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader (LHL) Photographs Collection

Learn More About the Digital Collection, Read the Complete Announcement

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