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    • Oral history interview with Charles H. Parrish, Jr.

    • Oral history interview with Charles H. Parrish, Jr.

    • African Americans; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Social conditions; African American college teachers; African American educators; African American newspapers; Integration; Segregation in education; Race relations; Baptists;...

    • Oral history interview conducted with sociologist Charles H. Parrish, Jr. on December 1 and 14, 1976 and February 21, 1977 by Dwayne Cox and William Morison. Dr. Parrish discusses his father, Charles H. Parrish, Sr., who was a Baptist minister and...
    • African American Oral History Collection

    • African American Oral History Collection

    • African Americans; African Americans--Social conditions; Civil rights; Integration; Race relations

    • Currently including 26 interviews (available as audio files and transcriptions), mostly conducted in the late 1970s, that document the many aspects of life in Louisville, particularly as experienced by African Americans, this digital collection...
    • August 2009 Flood Collection

    • August 2009 Flood Collection

    • Floods--Kentucky--Louisville; Disasters

    • On the morning of August 4, 2009, record-breaking rains fell in central Louisville and surrounding counties between 7 am and 10 am EDT, with reported hourly rainfall rates as high as 8.83 inches. The Louisville Free Public Library's main branch and...
    • Royal Photo Company Collection

    • Royal Photo Company Collection

    • Louisville (Ky.)--Pictorial works; Buildings; Commercial facilities; City & town life; Cityscapes

    • Images taken by the Royal Photo Company, a Louisville, Kentucky commercial photo studio in operation from 1904 to 1973. The entire collection, acquired by the University of Louisville in 1982, contains over 13,000 photographic negatives taken...
    • Caufield & Shook Collection

    • Caufield & Shook Collection

    • People; Buildings; Transportation; City & town life; Louisville (Ky.)--Pictorial works;

    • The collection of over half a million negatives and 2,000 vintage prints includes work for Louisville architects, builders, banks and financial houses, wholesale and retail merchants, advertisers, government agencies, public utilities, and private...
    • Jean Thomas, The Traipsin' Woman, Collection

    • Jean Thomas, The Traipsin' Woman, Collection

    • Appalachians (People); Appalachian Region--History; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Folk festivals; Folk music--Appalachian Region, Southern; Kentucky--History; Kentucky--Social life and customs

    • Known as The Traipsin' Woman, Jean Thomas traveled the mountains of eastern Kentucky taking snapshot photographs of the mountain way of life, writing, and promoting mountain folkways. She was particularly interested in the music, crafts, and...
    • Kentucky and Tennessee.

    • Kentucky and Tennessee.

    • Maps

    • Scarce cerographic, or wax-engraved, map of Kentucky and Tennessee shows mountain ranges, rivers, creeks, canals, railroads, roads, counties, cities, and towns. State and county borders are traced in color and relief is shown by hachures. Some...
    • Breviary, England, mid 13th century, fragment.

    • Breviary, England, mid 13th century, fragment.

    • Breviaries--England--lllustrations; Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval--England; Manuscripts, Medieval; Illuminations 1200-1500

    • Leaf from a book used for daily prayers by a monk or other person living in a religious community, probably in England. The book was written in the thirteenth century on animal skin since paper was not used at that time. The text is from an...
    • Book of Hours, France, mid 16th century, fragment.

    • Book of Hours, France, mid 16th century, fragment.

    • Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval--France; Manuscripts, Medieval; Illuminations 1500-1550

    • A Book of Hours was the primary text for private lay devotion in the late middle ages and Renaissance. Consisting of the cycle of prayers to be recited at the eight canonical hours or established times for prayers throughout the day, the content of...
    • Qur'an Commentary fragment.

    • Qur'an Commentary fragment.

    • Koran--Commentaries

    • Original sixteenth century leaf from a commentary or writings about the text of the Qur'an written on handmade paper. Followers of Islam find the Qur'an to be the literal word of God, revealed through the prophet Muhammad and containing all things...
    • Qur'an fragment.

    • Qur'an fragment.

    • Koran manuscripts; Manuscripts, Persian

    • An original manuscript leaf from a late sixteenth century or early seventeenth century Persian Qur'an, written and illuminated circa 1570-1630 on handmade paper. The Qur'an or Holy Koran is the key religious text for Islam. Followers of Islam find...
    • Civilisation Atlantique.

    • Civilisation Atlantique.

    • Paintings; Allusions; Anti-Americanism; Politics & government; Political issues; Capitalism; Imperialism; Wealth; Corruption; Poverty; Emigration & immigration; Social classes; Economic & social conditions; Domestic life; Child labor;...

    • "This enormous, collage-like painting is crammed with anti-American allusions. An electric chair sits on the plinth at the top center (the Rosenbergs were electrocuted as Russian spies in 1953). A GI nonchalantly reads a pornographic magazine....
    • Guernica, study.

    • Guernica, study.

    • Drawings; Studies (Visual works); Pencil works; Figure drawings; Female figure drawings; Civil wars; War; Politics & government; Political issues; Dictators; Nazis; Fascism; Civilization; Bombings; War destruction & pillage; Death; Mental...

    • "Picasso did forty-five studies for Guernica. The one illustrated here shows the dying horse and the mother with the dead child. They have been changed in the final painting, although they retain their basic character. The Cubist neck of the...
    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Optical illusions; Allusions; Symbols; Myths; Sex; Fear; Love; Self-interest; Poetry; Women; Men; Nudes; Gays; Dancers; Dance; Backs (Anatomy); Pedestals; Body parts; Hands; Fingers; Eggs; Landscapes...

    • "This is the painting Dali took to show Freud in London. It belonged formerly to Edward James." (Caption); "At Zürs […] Dali embarked on a new experiment: the composition, in French, of a 'paranoaic' poem, The Myth of Narcissus,...
    • Filter Fat Corner.

    • Filter Fat Corner.

    • Sculpture; Allusions; Chemistry; Science; Interpersonal relations; Social science; Sociology; Utopias

    • "The work consisted of a triangular gauze filter stretched across a corner into which lumps of fat had been packed. Apart from alluding to physical metamorphoses brought about via osmosis, processes of refinement and purification were evoked....
    • Au Naturel.

    • Au Naturel.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Puns (Visual works); Sex; Couples; Relations between the sexes; Human body; Body parts; Anatomy; Genitals; Pails; Containers; Fruit; Melons; Food; Citrus fruit; Oranges; Cucumbers; Vegetables

    • "Lucas grew up in a working-class environment in East London and uses its idioms in her work. To some extent she has also borrowed from the American art that she saw in the late 1980s in London's Saatchi Gallery. Her 'grungy' abject imagery...
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