R. C. Ballard Thruston Photograph Collection,

Descriptive Summary

R. C. Ballard Thruston Photograph Collection,
Thruston, R. C. Ballard
20,000 items
Asia-- Description and travel-- Views.
Egypt-- Description and travel-- Views.
Europe-- Description and travel-- Views.
North America-- Description and travel-- Views.
Waterways--United States
Photographs of Children
Religions--United States
Historic Sites--United States
Tobacco industry
Manners and Customs--United States
Celebrities--United States
Inland Water Transportation--United States
Transportation--United States
Agriculture--United States
Appalachian Region--History
Photographs of coal mines--United States
Photographs of coal mines--United States
City and town life--United States
Parks--United States
Education--United States
Family Life
Photographs of animals
Photographs of railroads
Human Services--United States
Geology--United States
Photographs of families
Photographs of livestock
Public Health--United States
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The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
R. C. Ballard Thruston, a native of Louisville, was a scientist, geologist, historian, and president and benefactor of the Filson Club. He was also an accomplished amateur photographer who recorded family and friends, scenes across Ky. and in many other states, and scenes of his foreign travels.
Scope and Content
R. C. Ballard Thruston photographed historic sites, people at work and play, children, and events which he witnessed. Collection includes photographs taken in Ky. in Anderson, Barren, Boone, Bourbon, Boyle, Breckinridge, Caldwell, Carroll, Daviess, Edmonson, Fayette, Franklin, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henry, Hopkins, Jefferson, Larue, Leslie, Lincoln, Madison, Mason, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nicholas, Nelson, Oldham, Scott, Shelby, Trimble, and Whitley counties. He photographed scenes and people in Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Washington (D.C.), Fla., Ga., Hawaii, Ill., Ind., La., Mass., Mich., Minn., Miss., N.H., N.J., N.M., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Or., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Utah, Vt., Va., Wash., W. Va., Wis., and Wyo. Foreign countries in which Thruston traveled and photographed include the Azores, Austria, Bahamas, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, and Scotland. The collection includes negatives and contact prints for many of the negatives. There is an item index to the negatives with a brief subject description for each negative

Contents of the Collection

Selected Images

1913 Flood - Louisville, , 1913

  • Container knt.0097.01
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Gatehouse of Crescent Hill Fairgrounds - Louisville, , 1905

  • Container knt.0138.02
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Children at Ft. Nelson site - Louisville, , 1912

  • Container knt.0473.03
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Long Run Baptist Church Cemetery, , 1922

  • Container knt.9998.04
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Chenoweth Farm Springhouse, , 1934

  • Container knt.0085.05
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Tobacco Warehouse , , 1911

  • Container knt.0726.06
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Red Cross Booth, Kentucky State Fair , , 1919

  • Container knt.0664.07
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Locust Grove, , 1911

  • Container knt.0541.08
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Soldier's Retreat, , 1910

  • Container knt.0703.09
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Filling Lock #2 on Kentucky River, , 1912

  • Container knt.0905.10
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Shaker's Ferry on Kentucky River, , 1912

  • Container knt.0915.11
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Centre Houses at Shaker Village, , 1912

  • Container knt.1119.12
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Fulling Mill at Shaker Village, , 1912

  • Container knt.1123.13
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Loading Cut Tobacco at Shaker Village, , 1912

  • Container knt.9999.14
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Ephraim McDowell House, , 1932

  • Container knt.0761.15
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Harvested Hemp, , 1921

  • Container knt.1199.16
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Rush Cabin, , 1921

  • Container knt.0812.17
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Marriage Site of Thomas Lincoln/Nancy Hanks, , 1913

  • Container knt.1166.18
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Coal Strip Mining, , 1921

  • Container knt.0891.19
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Storefronts in Hyden, KY, , 1928

  • Container knt.0979.20
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Frontier Nursing Hospital in Hyden, KY, , 1928

  • Container knt.1004.21
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Sightseers at Mammoth Cave, , 1913

  • Container knt.1092.22
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Mammoth Cave Hotel, , 1913

  • Container knt.1089.23
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President's Residence, Berea College, , 1915

  • Container knt.1070.24
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Funeral Procession, Harlan Co., , 1886

  • Container knt.mt145.01
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Moore's Cabin, Knox Co., , 1884

  • Container knt.mt196.02
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Mill, , 1884

  • Container knt.mt198.03
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Shoeing an Ox, , 1892

  • Container knt.mt280.04
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Mining Village at Red Ash, KY, , c.1880

  • Container knt.mt336.05
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Locomotive, Proctor Coal Company, , c.1880

  • Container knt.mt339.06
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