UofL Libraries faculty from Archives and Special Collections will be at the Flea Off Market, 1007 E. Jefferson St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 6 and 7 to collect additional materials for the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA) Project.

The LUMA Project documents the history and culture of Louisville’s rock/indie/punk/hardcore music scene from the 1970s through today. This is the second time LUMA archivists will visit Flea Off Market to gather materials from the public.

“A lot of people have already donated some wonderful material – we’ve received 29 collections,” said Carrie Daniels, director of Archives and Special Collections. “But we still have a ways to go before we will feel we have adequately documented the scene.”

Of particular interest are photographs and materials related to clubs and performance spaces as well as local record stores that were popular on the scene. 

The LUMA Project also welcomes other archival materials including set lists, posters, t-shirts, correspondence and more. Several donors have already provided flyers, recordings, video and an entire run of Burt the Cat fanzines.

LUMA Project materials will be preserved for use by the community and other researchers. There also will be curated exhibits and programs to engage the community with this era of Louisville music history.

Interested donors can contact the LUMA Project organizers at luma@louisville.edu or stop by Flea Off Market during the collection effort.



Erica Walsh
Erica Walsh is the marketing director for the Office of Communications and Marketing. Her job lets her share UofL’s good news in all avenues of communications including UofL Magazine, advertising, content marketing and branding. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast. Prior to her career in higher education communications she was an award-winning newspaper reporter. Red is one of her favorite colors and it’s a good thing, too, because she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and her master’s in communication from UofL.