Guide to Archival Collections

      This guide is presented as a master list of the manuscript and photographic collections of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA). Many of the collections have only preliminary inventories, but all of the collections have at least limited access. Collection topics include education, civil rights, journalism, politics, literature, theater, music, horse racing and other sports, religion, the history of Kentucky State University, and family histories. Information from the collections has been used by authors, journalists, genealogists, historians, students, academics, legislators, and state agencies for publications, documentaries, family histories, exhibits, academic research and other uses.


  • Winona Lee Fletcher Papers:  1951-1978
  • Betty Borries Papers of Isaac Murphy Material
  • A. Russell Brooks Collection ca. 1962 1997
  • Cornelia F. Calhoun Collection of Mayo-Underwood/Rosenwald School Materials ca. 1939-1999
  • Civil War Pension Papers
  • Phillip and Tava Clay Collection of William Elkins Civil War Pension Papers
  • Dr. Britt Combs Collection
  • Joseph S. Cotter, Sr. Papers ca. 1918-1939
  • Elizabeth B. Delaney & John W. Delaney, Jr. Collection ca. 1919-1963
  • Eureka Bible Class Photograph 1923
  • William & Helen Exum Collection ca. 1917-1990s
  • Joseph G. Fletcher Collection ca. 1890 – 1977
  • Rev. Horace H. and Daisy English Greene Collection ca. 1880-1960
  • Kathleen A. Hauke Papers of Poston Family Material ca. 1924-2000
  • Joe Henderson Jazz Collection
  • Mary and William Johnson Papers 1903-1976
  • L&N Railroad Photographic Postcard near Hazard, Kentucky 1913
  • Patricia Russell-McCloud Collection ca. 1968-1990s
  • Margaret Miller Collection
  • Kendrick Moore Collections ca. late 1800s to 1960
  • Obituary Collection
  • Oral History Interviews
  • Dr. Gus Ridgel Collection
  • Frank B. Simpson Collection ca. 1950s-1990s
  • Harvey Singleton Collection 1949
  • State Journal Photographic Collection ca. 1960s-1980s
  • Warren C. Swindell Papers ca. 1968-1979
  • Tillman Family Records
  • Vertical Files ca. 1960s to present
  • Burnham Ware Collection
  • Lyda Waters Collection ca. late 1880s to 1998
  • Frank and Mozelle Whitaker Papers.
  • Barbara Fields White Photograph Book
  • Women’s Clubs Publications 1916-1946


Irma Johnson
Coordinator II
Phone: (502) 597-6315