Celebrate Kentucky Archives Month

    Archives Month is an annual celebration of the importance of archives and historical records and of the work of institutions which preserve these unique resources. These facilities and their collections are quite varied, but together, they hold a rich documentary legacy which shapes our understanding of the state’s past and our assessment of its future.

    View the Kentucky Archives Month website


    2015 Public Archives Symposium

    The 27th annual Public Archives Symposium is scheduled for October 21, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at KDLA. The Symposium, sponsored by the Friends of Kentucky Public Archives, Inc., in cooperation with KDLA increases the public's awareness of the wide range of historical records available for research in Kentucky repositories.

    Featured speakers for the Symposium will be Dr. Melissa A. McEuen of Transylvania University and Dr. Thomas A. Appleton of Eastern Kentucky University.  They will discuss their recent publication, Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times.

    2015 Public Archives Symposium Information

  • Kentucky in Wood


    "Kentucky in Wood"

    Kentucky in Wood
    In 1981 the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), in cooperation with the Kentucky Arts Commission, held a competition to commission a work of art to be made of native Kentucky woods for the lobby of KDLA’s new building. The commission was for $15,000 and was open to all Kentucky artists.


    The winning entry was created by Murray artist Bobby Falwell and named Kentucky in Wood. He created a 24-foot long, 12-foot high abstract representation of the state. The piece is composed of six sections and includes seven stylized life-sized figures representing the people of Kentucky. The sculpture and figures incorporate 26 native Kentucky woods. The woods were donated by Dr. Thomas D. Clark, noted Kentucky author, historian and teacher, and members of his family.

    To read more about Kentucky in Wood, click here.


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