Joel Clyne Meadors Photograph Collection

Title

Joel Clyne Meadors Photograph Collection

Subject

Photography of horse sports

Description

Items in this collection were digitized from the Keeneland Library’s Joel Clyne Meadors Photographic Negative Collection. The collection, comprised of more than 5,000 acetate negatives, includes photographs of Thoroughbred horses, horse farms, racetrack scenes, horse sales, and people active in the Thoroughbred industry; as well as a group of negatives on business and commercial subjects in Lexington, Kentucky.

Joel Clyne “Skeets” Meadors maintained a full-time career as a photographer, specializing in conformation images of stallions, mares, and yearlings from 1947 to 1967.

Rights

These digital resources may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Physical rights are retained by the Keeneland Library. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Items in the Joel Clyne Meadors Photograph Collection Collection

Will Harbut
Photograph of Will Harbut, Man o' War's groom at Faraway Farm from the fall of 1930 until the spring of 1946.

Man o' War with Will Harbut
This photograph of the American Thoroughbred Man o' War with his groom Will Harbut was taken at Faraway Farm in 1937. Harbut was Man o' War's groom at Faraway from the fall of 1930 until the spring of 1946.

Newspaper headlines from around the…

Man o' War Statue
This photograph of Herbert Haseltine's statue at Man o' War's gravesite was taken on October 16, 1948, at Faraway Farm nearly a year after Man o' War's death. Haseltine (front, middle) is regarding his work. The bronze stood at Faraway Farm until its…

Sir Gallahad III
Conformation photograph of the Thoroughbred Sir Gallahad III taken at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky.

Sir Gallahad III was foaled in France in 1920 (registered in France as Sir Gallahad) and was retired to stud duty in France after three years…

Ponder
Conformation shot of the American Thoroughbred Ponder with groom. Ponder, his sire (Pensive), and his son (Needles) were all Kentucky Derby winners.

Ponder was foaled at Calumet Farm in 1946 and trained by Hall of Famer Ben Jones. He ran with his…

Grey Dawn
Conformation shot of the Thoroughbred Grey Dawn with groom taken in April of 1967.

Grey Dawn was bred, foaled (1960), and raced in France by Gertrude Widener who maintained racing stables in both New York and France.

Grey Dawn claimed the…

Kauai King
Photograph of the American Thoroughbred Kauai King with groom taken at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby on May 8, 1966. Stalls and four parked vehicles are visible.

Kauai King (by Native Dancer out of Sweep In) was foaled at Sagamore Farm…

Candy Spots
This photograph captures Candy Spot’s arrival to Gainesway Farm in August of 1965. The farm’s truck is prominent, a barn is visible at frame right, and another parked vehicle is visible in front of the fence and tree line that comprise the…

Never Bend
This conformation photograph, taken in May of 1964, is of the American stakes-winning Thoroughbred Never Bend.

Never Bend was foaled in 1960 at Paris, Kentucky’s Claiborne Farm. He was a major contender in American racing during his two-year-old…

Raise a Native
Conformation photograph of the American Thoroughbred Raise a Native with groom taken in April of 1964.

Raise a Native (by Native Dancer out of Raise You) was bred by Happy Hill Farm in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania. Trained by Hall of Famer…