Forty years ago, Vivian Stanley, widow of longtime Louisville Defender publisher Frank Stanley Sr., donated Mr. Stanley's papers to the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections to be preserved and made available to the public forever. His papers included over 16,000 photographs, mostly by Defender photographers. They had never been digitized, so we raised some money and hired a photo archivist at the University of Louisville to spend over a year digitizing the entire collection. UofL will eventually make the massive collection available in their online digital collections so that anyone with an internet connection can look through the photos for free.
In Fall 2022, LSP was honored to guest-edit a special issue of Louisville Magazine that shares a selection of these photographs and honors the legacy of the Defender on the eve of its 90th birthday.
Issues of the magazine are also available for purchase at Carmichael's Bookstore and select Kroger, Walgreens, and Meijer stores in Louisville.