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Monday, August 26, 2013

Library is ‘Going to the Dogs’ with archival photographs of famed UK, Lexington canines


In addition to famous dog owners, one photo demonstrates the relationship with local dogs and Lexington’s prized horses. This dog in a sweater sits patiently beside a horse standing in a pasture (1940). (Photo from the Lafayette Studios Photographs)


By Whitney Hale
Special to KyForward

Man’s best friend is the focus of a University of Kentucky Special Collections’ exhibition “Going to the Dogs,” a show featuring archival photographs.

“Going to the Dogs” will include famous UK and Lexington canines including John Jacob Niles’ dog Rosie, President Otis A. Singletary’s dog Butch, the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity mascot dog, Dean F. Paul Anderson’s friend Jerry, and Smiley Pete, Lexington’s downtown dog. Special Collections staff will also share images of their own furry friends as part of the exhibit.

To welcome students back to campus and the new exhibition, an open house featuring free ice cream and “puppy chow” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the foyer of the Margaret I. King Building. Both the exhibition and open house are free and open to the public.

The exhibition will remain on display through September. The Margaret I. King Building is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries’ collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


One famous dog featured in ‘Going to the Dogs’ was owned by John Jacob Niles. The famous balladeer, musician and composer is seen here with Rosie (1970). (Photo from the John Jacob Niles Photographic Collection)



J.T. Denton is seen here with a dog jumping over a stick (1935). (Photo from the Lafayette Studios Photographs)


Whitney Hale writes for UKNow.