The biggest repository of Kentucky Newspapers is at the University of Kentucky Library. As part of the United States newspaper project, many if its newspaper records can be found in a database on the Internet. A recent project is called the Kentucky Union List, and it includes over 14,000 titles. It is currently being placed on microfilm. An inter-library loan program will make those records available once the microfilming process is complete. The Worcester, Massachusetts American Antiquarian Society has archives containing several older Kentucky newspaper publications.
Most early Kentucky county news was published in Lexington, as part of the Kentucky Gazette. The University of Kentucky Library has copies of that newspaper on microfilm, as do several other libraries in the state and in the country as a whole. There is an available index to the Louisville Courier for 1917 to 1977.
The Louisville Free Public Library, Filson Library, Lexington Public Library, and Kentucky Historical Society each have copies of Kentucky newspapers on microfilm, as do the FHL and several other libraries.
There are several collections of manuscripts that include information on Kentucky residents. Many of them can be found at the Filson Library, University of Louisville, Kentucky Historical Society, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky Library. The manuscript collections below are full of useful genealogical information.
The Ardery Collection: This collection features Virginia and Kentucky land, Bible, and court records. It also includes certain correspondences and family history information. It can be found on microfilm at both the FHL and the University of Kentucky Library.
The Barton Collection: This collection contains a lot of information from Pendleton County. It also includes some information from other Kentucky counties and other states. It can be found on microfilm through the Kentucky Historical Society, FHL, and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. It is also available at the University of Kentucky Library.
The Draper Manuscripts: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin holds this collections, which includes a lot of information about Kentucky and its residents. It has been placed on microfilm and copies are available for purchase, as well as via inter-library loan programs.
The Draper Collection: This collection contains lots of valuable genealogical information. It can be found on microfilm at the FHL. Copies are also available at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, and University of Kentucky.
The DAR Collection: This collection contains church, cemetery, and bible records, along with obituaries, probate records, and vital records. It can be found at the DAR Library, and the FHL also has copies of the originals on file.
The Shane Manuscript Collection: This collection, which is full of useful information, is located at both the Kentucky Historical Society and Filson Library.
Newspapers – Kentucky newspapers can supply all sorts of clues about historical events, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and much more.
- Kentucky Newspapers Directory Listings
- Historical Newspapers from Kentucky (1794-1922) Immediately locate names and phrases in over 450 million content articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth notices and also other items written in over 2,800 historical U.S. newspapers. Unique content added every month!
- Middlesboro Daily News (Middlesboro, Kentucky)
- Corbin Times Tribune (Corbin, Kentucky)
- Corbin Daily Tribune (Corbin, Kentucky)
- OSIA News (Order Sons of Italy in America), 1953-1995
- Italian America Magazine (Order Sons of Italy in America), 1996-2009
- Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville, Kentucky)
- Corbin Times (Corbin, Kentucky)
- Abstracts from the PA Gazette, 1748-1755
- The Barger journal : June, 1924.
- Kentucky Newspaper List
- Kentucky Obituaries, 1787-1854