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

John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Collection

The 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. It 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, and approximately 500 digitized images, became accessible online via the Kentucky Digital Library. As more images are processed, they will become available online and be searchable using terms such as African American, Charles Young Community Center, Dunbar School, Lyric Theater, etc. Access to the remainder of the collection is available via the database at the University of Kentucky Libraries' Special Collections. Call (859) 257-1742 or email SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU for an appointment, for reproduction and copyright information, or to learn more about the photographic collection.


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“John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader Collection,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 19, 2020,

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