New digital collections showcase UofL’s history


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville Libraries has launched two new digital collections highlighting the university’s history through images of its buildings, former students and faculty members.

    The landscape of UofL has continually changed in its 200-plus-year history. Once bisected by city streets, Belknap Campus looks entirely different today.

    One of the new collections, University of Louisville Images, features an updated, digital version of a document known simply as The Building Book. The collection features more than 200 records and photos of university buildings, including some that no longer exist. University of Louisville Images can be seen at

    A second addition is Kornhauser Health Sciences Library History Collections, which contains composite class photos as well as casual snapshots of students, buildings, classrooms and laboratories from the Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing and the UofL schools of dentistry and medicine in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Other records include medical school catalogs. The collection is at

    “The two collections remind curious browsers and serious researchers alike that our university has always been an institution in flux,” said Tom Owen, archivist for local history at the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center. “Through the centuries, we have performed our core work of expanding knowledge and teaching essential skills in strikingly varied physical settings, while wearing clothing unique to the day.”

    University Libraries’ Digital Collections is a resource for rare and unique images, texts and oral histories, and can be browsed or searched by criteria such as name, location and subject at

    For more information, call at Rachel Howard at (502) 852-4476 or e-mail