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Community Collections

The Community Collections consist of objects shared from local community residents and organizations. Individuals have lent items of local significance to the library to give the larger community awareness and access. The original objects are not owned by the Lexington Public Library. 
Submissions for the Community Collections are open. If you are an individual or organization interested in possibly lending items to be digitized by the library, please contact elibrarian@lexpublib.org. We consider item age, location, content, relevance, privacy considerations, and item condition when determining items to add. Content donors must be the legal copyright holders if the item is not in the public domain.
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Digital Archives Collections

Digital Archives Collection List

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The collection contains historic documents detailing the efforts of the LFCHD to address public health issues and initiatives for Lexington citizens.

Take Back Cheapside Collection

 The Take Back Cheapside Collection is a community collection from DeBraun Thomas. The featured postcard of the historic Fayette County Courthouse at was used as a part of the Take Back Cheapside movement in Lexington in 2017.

Imperial Court of Kentucky

The collection contains materials from the Imperial Court of Kentucky. Courts are autonomous organizations bound together in a shared structure, policies, and goals, fundraising for HIV/AIDS services, human rights advocacy, and other LBGTQ+ stakeholders.

Brown-Hocker Community Collection

The Brown-Hocker Collection is a community collection of photos and realia from Lexington history. The contents include objects from African-American students from local schools in the 1930s and 1950s.

League of Women Voters Community Collection

The collection for the local chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) includes membership rolls, photos, and historical objects from its 100-year history.

Milam Diary Community Collection

The Milam Diary Collection contains the World War II diary of David Franklin "Frank" Milam, who seved aboard the USS Yorktown in 1944-1945 in the Pacific Theater.

Bath County Memorial Library Collection

The two collections in Bath County’s Community Collection are primary sources from Bath County residents. The Gilmore diary collection spans 1944-1955 and is written by Etta Evans Gilmore, and the Young WWII letter collection by Sgt. Johnston A. Young.

Lexington History Museum Community Collection

The Lexington History Museum Community Collection contains items from the museum's collection and exhibits.

Aunt Tiny Belle Community Collection

The small collection consists of an image, brochures, homemade posters, pamphlets, and programs covering LGBTQ+ events and places from 1983 to 1999 in both Lexington and Louisville.

Junior League of Lexington Community Collection

The Junior League of Lexington Community Collection contains photos, posters, and objects from the organization's 90+ year history.

St. Paul Catholic Church Collection

The St. Paul Catholic Church Collection includes materials from the Church's archive. The Roman Catholic church is over 150 years old, and is located on West Short Street, in downtown Lexington.

Knights of Columbus, John A. Mueller Bluegrass Council 762

Bluegrass Chapter 762 of the Knights of Columbus was chartered in 1903.

St. Paul Catholic Church Ledger Collection

As a church over 150 years old, the records for St. Paul Catholic Church go back to 1854.