Thursday, October 4, 2012

Recent Archival Collections added to ExploreUK and the Kentucky Digital Library

The collection consists of 1596 photographs, centered on the life and work of John Jacob Niles and the members of his family. Many of the photos of were used for concert publicity shots. Niles was photographed by famous photographers as well and included are works by Van Deren Coke, Alfred Eisenstaedt, George Kossuth, and Doris Ulmann. In addition, the collection contains photos of early zeppelins and airplanes, and even includes some photos of the Wright brothers’ first flight. There is a collection of photos from an album produced by the Royal Flying Corps, depicting a fire in Salonika, Greece. The oversized collection of nearly 80 photos and portraits represent Niles at various stages of his life and in many different surroundings. Most were used for publicity campaigns.

Margaret Ingels was a University of Kentucky alumnus and a pioneer in the air conditioning industry. She was born October 25, 1892 in Paris, Kentucky and died in Lexington, Kentucky on December 13, 1971. She was the first women in the United States to receive an engineering graduate degree. She also received the first Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering awarded to a woman by the University of Kentucky. The Margaret Ingels papers, 1845-1967, bulk 1916-1967 (4.55 cubic feet, 13 boxes) consists of artifacts, certificates and awards, clippings, correspondence, publications, speeches, a scrapbook, and photographic prints documenting the life and career of Margaret Ingels.

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