Complete A-Z list of entries

Complete list of sources

Recent Additions / Updates

About NKAA

NKAA Brochure

African American Library Directors in the USA

Links of Interest




staff only

University of Kentucky Libraries

Notable Kentucky African Americans Database

Browse the database by subject:

Other Options for Finding Entries

There are more notable African Americans with Kentucky roots and ties than any one person knows about. Very little has been written about many of them, and it is a challenge to find what was written in the past. For some, their stories have only been told by word of mouth. The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together brief descriptions of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found. This is not currently an all-inclusive database, but we are working toward that goal, so suggestions are welcomed.

Please use the Suggestion Form to submit new information or to suggest corrections or new entries in the NKAA database. We really do want to hear from you.

Did You Know?...

Planning by the Lexington Public Library for a colored branch library started in 1947. The property at 572 Georgetown Street was leased from Letitia Hobbs. A naming contest was held at the Booker T. Washington School, organized by the principal, Lucy H. Smith. Student Helen Henderson won the contest with the name Laura Carroll for the new colored branch library. Laura Carroll had died in 1939, she had been a primary school teacher at Chandler Normal School for Colored Children. Her personal library had been donated to the Booker T. Washington School. The Laura Carroll Library opened in June of 1949. For more see the full NKAA entry

Other Options for Finding Entries:

BROWSE

1. View the complete list of all entries (Large list!)

2. Browse date range headings:
(See #5 below for searching by a specific date.)

3. View the complete list of all SOURCES (Large list!)

SEARCH OPTIONS

Exclude all punctuation. Example: Wilbert James

- Search main entry name AND text of entries for more results than search #4 above will provide.
- Exclude all punctuation.
- Use a minus sign (-) to exclude a word. Example: escape -Canada
- Use quotation marks to find exact phrases. Example: "Kentucky State University"
- Search specific dates in text of entries. Example: 1945
- Search for any terms in a group of terms by using OR between each word and/or phrase. Example: Louisville OR "Jefferson County"

- Search Sources (Keyword search on: Title, Author, Location, Access, Format)
- Exclude all punctuation.
- Use a minus sign (-) to exclude a word. Example: escape -Canada
- Use quotation marks to find exact phrases. Example: "Kentucky State University"
- Search specific dates in text of entries. Example: 1945
- Search for any terms in a group of terms by using OR between each word and/or phrase. Example: Louisville OR "Jefferson County"