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“The preservation of our industry’s rich history is at the core of our mission at Keeneland. We look forward to continuing our efforts to share the tremendous passion for Thoroughbred racing, which is woven throughout these stories...It is fitting that the Keeneland Library is playing a role in capturing, celebrating and properly preserving the valuable stories of our industry for future generations.”
- Bill Thomason - Keeneland President and CEO
Life’s Work Oral History Project captures, preserves, and promotes the treasured stories of the Thoroughbred industry.
Launched in 2019, Life’s Work is a unique collaboration between the Keeneland Library, the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, and Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN).
Life’s Work features video and oral interviews from prominent figures in the equine industry whose passion and livelihood have been devoted to the Thoroughbred. Conducted by respected journalist Chris McGrath and filmed by Keeneland Broadcast Services, the interviews will appear as monthly feature articles in TDN and as a feature video series in TDN Look.
The state-of-the-art archives at the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History maintains, preserves, and provides access to the initiative's interview indexes and videos. Throughout 2019 and 2020 the interviews will be released through the video catalog, which is fully searchable and available to the public here.
The Nunn Center is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection and preservation of oral histories. Life’s Work is the latest project between UK and Keeneland that focuses on the Thoroughbred industry.
These virtual gallery pages mirror the physical exhibit, A Day in the Life: Volume I, hosted by the Keeneland Library from October 2019 through summer 2020.
Each of the exhibit's turn-of-the 20th century photographs, all from the library's John C. Hemment Collection, are accessible in the gallery menu on the left or by selecting the next page option (with arrow) in each gallery.
For more information and an expanded view of each photograph, click on the image in the gallery pages.
Photo Treasures from the Keeneland Library showcases a representative sample of the newly organized and expanding digitized collections of photographs and images from the Keeneland Library Collections. Featured photographers include Charles Christian Cook, Bernard Stanley Morgan, Joel Clyne “Skeets” Meadors, and Robert Lee McClure. Images from the New York Sportsman, the Thoroughbred Times, and Keeneland Library photographic albums are also exhibited.
The highlighted collection items cover a broad variety of image subjects. From historic racehorses to jockeys, and from Thoroughbred owners to rare glimpses of early 20th century race tracks, we are pleased to share our growing digitized photographic treasures. Check back to engage with new additions, as we will continue to add items as they become available.
The Artistry of Peb showcases a representative sample of the artwork of Pierre Bellocq, who signs his work as "Peb." Peb worked for The Morning Telegraph and the Daily Racing Form for over 50 years illustrating jockeys, horses, trainers, and owners, as well as specific races, events, and generalized comic cartoons.
Peb placed his collection of approximately 2,500 original works of art including sketches, drawings, comic strips, cartoons, and caricatures of the equine industry at the Keeneland Library in 2009. The collection includes work in pen and ink, watercolor, chalk, acrylic, and pencil on paper or board stock. Select digitized pieces are highlighted in this virtual exhibit.