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Joseph McDowell photographs of the University of Kentucky, circa 1927

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Joseph McDowell photographs of the University of Kentucky


circa 1927


University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2007ua001:[Identification of item], Joseph McDowell photographs of the University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Archives


0.04 cubic feet (1 box):16 items


Sixteen, University of Kentucky photographs circa 1927.


Joseph Harvey McDowell born on December 10, 1908 in Louisa, Kentucky to Eli Harvey McDowell and Ida Rice Johns McDowell. He lived with his grandparents, Martin Harrison Johns and Josephine Weddington Johns, in Louisa where he graduated from Louisa High School in 1926. He was an engineering student at the University of Kentucky in 1927-1928 and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky in 1933. He moved to North Carolina in 1935 and was employed as a Mechanical Engineer with Duke Power Company for 35 years. At his death on May 4, 1971, he was Superintendent of Buck Steam Plant in Spencer, North Carolina. He married Daisy Parks in 1937 and was the father of two children, Betty McDowell Garrett and Joseph Harvey "Tony" McDowell II. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, North Carolina, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Kiwanis Club in Salisbury.

Scope and Content

The Joseph McDowell photographs of the University of Kentucky consist of sixteen prints related to UK that were originally in an album. It includes university buildings and two informal images of instructors and students. The building prints were commercially made, but the descriptions in quotation marks were taken directly from the album that the photographs were contained.


  • McDowell, Joseph H., 1908-1971.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.

User Restrictions

The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

"Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Dicker, Shop Instructor of College of Engineering University of Kentucky."
[box: 1, item: 1] browse
"Some Freshmen Engineers University of Kentucky 1927-1928."
[box: 1, item: 2] browse
Beull Hall, "Buell Hall was the Armory."
[box: 1, item: 3]
The Presidents House (Maxwell Place)
[box: 1, item: 4]
Kastle Hall, "Kastle Hall where Mitchell taught Chemistry - boy - and how."
[box: 1, item: 5]
Main Driveway
[box: 1, item: 6]
Law Building
[box: 1, item: 7]
Experiment Station
[box: 1, item: 8]
Men's Gymnasium Building
[box: 1, item: 9]
Mechanical Hall, "Mechanical Hall engineers headquarters."
[box: 1, item: 10]
Administration (Main) Building
[box: 1, item: 11]
White Hall, "White Hall was oldest building on U. of K. campus."
[box: 1, item: 12]
Agriculture Building
[box: 1, item: 13]
Carnegie Library
[box: 1, item: 14]
Education Building
[box: 1, item: 15]
Patterson Hall, "Girls Dorm."
[box: 1, item: 16]