The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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  • 781_62_B168s.pdf

    Printed sheet music of the spiritual "O Let My People Go," as recorded by Rev. L. C. Lockwood from his interactions with formerly enslaved people at Fortress Monroe in Virginia and arranged by Thomas Baker.
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    Certificate that Lewis White is a soldier in the Company G, 109 U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment. As such, White, his wife, and their children are free citizens. Signed by James Brisbin.
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    This cabinet card of a young man and his dog was found in the Mittlebeeler family photo collection. On the back the image is the inscription “Ben Wiemeier [sic] Aunt Lizzie's Boyfriend.”

    Elizabeth “Lizzie” Moorman (1879-1945) was born to a German immigrant family in Louisville. She grew up on East Jackson Street in the Shelby Park neighborhood and later moved to Oak Street. In 1890 Lizzie succumbed to Typhoid Fever. Lizzie supported herself as a seamstress and remained single all her life, but this photograph provides a clue into an early romance.

    A Ben Wiemeyer is listed in City Directories from the 1880s and 1900s as living on East Chestnut Street, only a half-mile away from where Lizzie lived. He was also from a German family. Although Lizzie and Ben never married, they must have dated when they were teens. Ben went on to marry and became a machinist.

    Learn more about German photographer Paul Günter in this online exhibit:

    Strip of four photograph booth images of young Martha Albert Butt with her dog.

    Quarter plate ambrotype of young Charles Henry Breckinridge (1844-1867) posing for a studio portrait with his dog. Son of Ann Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge and Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Charles was a member of the Breckinridge family of Baltimore, Maryland. His father served as a leader of the Kentucky Emancipation Party in 1849 and was a strong Union supporter at the start of the Civil War. Charles graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1865. He died in 1867 at only 22 years old while serving as a First Lieutenant in the 15th U.S. Infantry.
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    Letter of Louisville United States Army officer Benjamin Bridges to his father George Bridges discussing his role in the forced removal of Native people to Oklahoma.
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    Advertisement for a fundraiser by the Black women of the Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, on December 2, 1847 at 7:00 PM. The advertisement notes that "A Good Supper, Oysters, Jellies, Salads, Ice Creams, Cakes, &c. &c., will be offered for sale on reasonable terms." The advertisement delineates that white attendees "will be waited on from 5 to 6 o'clock," before the main fair.
  • MssBI_P852_Portland_optimized.pdf

    Register of the Portland Colored Evening School (Portland neighborhood, Louisville, Kentucky) for 1909-1915. Records name, age, place of residence, occupation, enrollment and/or transfer dates, and vaccination. Two loose documents inserted in the volume include a list of student names and Minetta Warnell Jackson's 1915 Certificate of Graduation. A feather pen is also included. Only a representative sample of blank pages were scanned.

    Henrietta Helm (1863-1942) operated the school and taught the majority of classes represented in the register.
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    Black and white facsimile of sheet music entitled "Greater Louisville Exposition March, Dedicated to the First Kentucky."
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    $10,000 mortgage for Samuel M. Plato (1882-1957) and Elnora Plato (1891-1975) with Louisville Trust Company. The couple used the mortgage to build their home at 2509 West Walnut Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    Coin silver teaspoon engraved "Lemon" on the front side of the handle. The bowl is egg-shaped and has a flat edge. The handle has rounded flanges near the bowl and ends in a fiddle style pattern. Marked on reverse: Jas. I. Lemon.
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    Child's fork with convex curved handle. The handle is decorated with a raised outline, repousse leaves, and a monogram. The back of the handle has more vegetative repousse designs with 4 square marks of "J S & Co." and "Jas. I. Lemon & Co" (retailer).

    Broadside poem describing the valor of Kentuckians at the Battle of New Orleans.

    Printed broadside with a woodcut illustration and a poem describing the valor of Kentuckians at the Battle of New Orleans. The illustration pictures a half horse and half alligator as a horse with an alligator tail.

    Broadside entitled "Hero of the Wabash." Includes a poem telling of the cowardice of a "Captain Paul" during the Indian Wars and an engraving of an Army officer running from an attacking Native American. Captain Paul is not identified but it is believed that the broadside dates to either Harmar's or St. Clair's defeat in the Ohio country.

    Architectural plans by Joseph & Joseph architects. These drawings detail Jewish Louisville architects Joseph & Joseph’s plan for all floors of their new Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) building at the corner of Second and Jacob streets. The new building plans reflected the YMHA's expanded efforts to provide educational and cultural programs to Louisville's Jewish community in addition to recreational amenities. The plans show the new building's facilities, including a library, classrooms, billiard room, and a two-story gymnasium with an elevated track. The drawings also indicate materials used, such as marble for the shower stalls in the basement.

    This item is included in the Bricks and Mortar, Soul and Heart: The Evolution of Louisville's Young Men's Hebrew Association and Jewish Community Center 1890-2022 digital exhibit at:
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