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Great Depression


Students of William Ellis interviewed their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents about the Great Depression. Interviewees, mainly from…

Coal Company Towns


The focus of the Coal Company Towns Project is the social life and economic conditions in eastern Kentucky coal towns, primarily those owned by the…

Civilian Conservation Corps


A small collection of interviews with individuals who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The interviewees discuss the camps they…

Blue Heron Coal Camps


The Blue Herron Coal Camp, also known as Mine 18, in McCreary County, was run by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company from 1938 to 1962. Company…

Blue Diamond/Stearns Coal Mining Strike


This collection of interviews provides information on the 1976-1979 Blue Diamond Coal Strike. The Blue Diamond Coal Strike began June 1976 when the…

Living and Working on the Kentucky River


This project documents the economic and social conditions of people who have lived or worked on the Kentucky River.

Workers talk about several…

Lexington Dunbar High


Teachers, students and community members talk about the decision to close Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School.

Kentucky School Superintendents


This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky County Judges and Kentucky Newspapers. The purpose of the three projects was to…

History of Education in Kentucky


The History of Education in Kentucky Collection contains interviews with active and retired teachers, professors, school superintendents and an…

Danville School Integration


This project talks to teachers and community members who were affected by the closing of Bate School in Danville and the integration of African…