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Ghost Signs of Louisville photographs

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2019_199

Content Description

339 JPEG files plus 36 creator-supplied metadata files (16 in Excel, 19 PDFs) making up the Ghost Signs of Louisville digital collection. Photographs created by the 2011 U of L Documentary Photography (Art 390) class students. The Ghost Signs of Louisville collection emerged from a partnership between the University of Louisville Libraries and Fine Arts department. Archives and Special Collections Assistant Curator Amy Purcell presented the idea for the digital collection to Mary Carothers, Associate Professor of Photography in Fine Arts, who included it as assignment in her Documentary Photography (Art 390) class in fall 2011. The students searched a selected neighborhood(s) for ghost signs, photographed them, and recorded information about each image (pdf). Of the 201 photographs submitted by the class, 122 were added to the digital collection. Libraries employees went out and photographed additional images, and community members have also contributed. This collection may continue to grow with future submissions.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply


Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Louisville; please consult a reference archivist for more information.


  • 2011


1304 Megabytes (374 files: 339 jpgs, 16 Excel files, 19 pdf documents)