This guide is presented as a master list of the manuscript and photographic collections of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA). Many of the collections have only preliminary inventories, but all of the collections have at least limited access. Collection topics include education, civil rights, journalism, politics, literature, theatre, music, horse racing and other sports, religion, the history of Kentucky State University, and family histories. Information from the collections has been used by authors, journalists, geneologists, historians, students, academics, legislators, and state agencies for publications, documentaries, family histories, exhibits, academic research and other uses.

The collections may be viewed at the office of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans (CESKAA) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For an appointment, please contact Irma Johnson at 502-597-6315 or by email at:


Winona Lee Fletcher Papers:  1951-1978
Betty Borries Papers of Isaac Murphy Material
A. Russell Brooks Collection ca. 1962 1997
Cornelia F. Calhoun Collection of Mayo-Underwood/Rosenwald School Materials ca. 1939-1999
Civil War Pension Papers
Phillip and Tava Clay Collection of William Elkins Civil War Pension Papers
Dr. Britt Combs Collection
Joseph S. Cotter, Sr. Papers ca. 1918-1939
Elizabeth B. Delaney & John W. Delaney, Jr. Collection ca. 1919-1963
Eureka Bible Class Photograph 1923
William & Helen Exum Collection ca. 1917-1990s
Joseph G. Fletcher Collection ca. 1890 – 1977
Rev. Horace H. and Daisy English Greene Collection ca. 1880-1960
Kathleen A. Hauke Papers of Poston Family Material ca. 1924-2000
Joe Henderson Jazz Collection
Mary and William Johnson Papers 1903-1976
L&N Railroad Photographic Postcard near Hazard, Kentucky 1913
Patricia Russell-McCloud Collection ca. 1968-1990s
Margaret Miller Collection
Kendrick Moore Collections ca. late 1800s to 1960

Obituary Collection
Oral History Interviews
Dr. Gus Ridgel Collection
Frank B. Simpson Collection ca. 1950s-1990s
Harvey Singleton Collection 1949
State Journal Photographic Collection ca. 1960s-1980s
Warren C. Swindell Papers ca. 1968-1979
Tillman Family Records
Vertical Files ca. 1960s to present
Burnham Ware Collection
Lyda Waters Collection ca. late 1880s to 1998
Frank and Mozelle Whitaker Papers.
Barbara Fields White Photograph Book
Women’s Clubs Publications 1916-1946