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The Blythe Scrapbook
Loose scrapbook pages show images of African American families and clubs in the 1930s and 1940s in Lexington.
The loose scrapbook pages were given to the library, since the original owner is not known. They contain photos of African American individuals and families, likely from Lexington, with dates ranging from the late 1930s to the mid 1940s. The most commonly repeated name was a young African American woman named Olivia Blythe, or Ollie Blythe.
There are two local Lexington civic groups described in the pages, with invitations to a 1942 Collegians Club dinner, and two 1939 and 1941 dance invitations to the S. P. U. Girls, which was a Lexington civic club. It is not currently known what the acronym stands for. The newspaper clippings listed are of unknown provenance, though it is likely that they came from the Louisville Defender.
The library is classifying these as an orphan work, since the photographer and information on the individuals is unknown.