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Arthur Younger Ford photograph albums

Identifier: 1977_001-PA

Content Description

Three 14 x 17 inch albums. Albums I and II contain 309 gelatin silver prints, mostly 8 x 10 inch or slightly smaller, depicting various subjects in Kentucky, circa 1900-1910. Various photographers. Album III contains 70 gelatin silver prints taken at Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, 1904. Item count is approximate. The Arthur Y. Ford albums include photographs of Kentucky scenes captured at the turn of the 20th century. The albums were assembled in 1904 for display in the Kentucky Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. After the exposition, also known as the St. Louis World's Fair, the albums remained in the hands of Ford, chairman of the Kentucky committee for the fair. The family of Arthur Y. Ford, who served as president of the University of Louisville from 1914 through 1926, donated the albums in 1970. The 313 photographs from the first two albums are of Kentucky scenes from the Appalachian, Bluegrass, and western portions of the state. The third album contained photographs of the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, including views of the Kentucky Building and exhibits. The photographs contained in the albums are all silver gelatin prints. Most depict rural scenes, emphasizing people in front of their homes, at work farming, including hemp production, or engaged in craft work, such as broom making, weaving, and carving. The images depict a wide range of Kentuckians, from wealthy thoroughbred owners to poor country people and belie the usual stereotypes of rural Kentucky and Appalachia. Ford's papers contain his letters, clippings, scrapbooks, speeches, and diaries, beginning with his student days at Brown University, ca. 1883. Most of the material relates to his work as a Louisville journalist, businessman, and university president. Also included in the collection are miscellaneous photographs, printed material, diary pages, and correspondence of one son, Salem, and his wife. The university archives also houses the papers of Salem Ford (1896-1976) who attended the University of Louisville. These papers document Salem Ford's interests at Louisville Male High School and at University of Louisville

Acquisition Type


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  • 1876-1983 (bulk 1883-1926)


380 photographs (5 boxes)