From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Collection

The John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Collection contains approximately 1.5 million photographic negatives dating from 1939-1990. The negatives were received from the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper by the University of Kentucky Libraries' Special Collections Research Center.

The Collection is the largest single collection of 20th Century visual documentation of Central Kentucky life. Included are a fairly large number of photographs that cover African American events, schools, and activities.

In July 2006, a nearly 50,000-item database describing the first processed portion of the collection, 1939-1953, along with approximately 500 digitized images, became accessible online via the Kentucky Digital Library. Access to the collection was further developed and in the fall of 2019, the UK Special Collections Research Center launched a custom digital library for the John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader (LHL) photographs collection.

For more see W. Hale, "UK Libraries makes 13,000+ Lexington Herald-Leader images available online," UKnow, 12/13/2019 (online). For more information contact the UK Special Collections Research Center.

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“John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Collection,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 28, 2021,

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