Keeneland officials announced Feb. 6 that the Keeneland Library has secured the former Thoroughbred Times library collection and photo archives, which were recently sold via an online auction.
Approximately 10,000 volumes and 57 file cabinets comprising books, journals, historic clip files, and photographs are among the contents acquired by Keeneland. The collection will be open to the public once it is inventoried and cataloged. Results for the online auction conducted Feb. 8 list a winning bid for the library of $8,900.
Keeneland also acquired approximately 220,000 photographic prints and 250,000 digital images from the 1940s to the present. The winning bid for the photos was $20,500.
"The Thoroughbred Times library is an extremely well-crafted collection," Keeneland Library director Becky Ryder said in a release. "Much of it will fill gaps in Keeneland's collection, and some of it will be used in future digitization projects. The photographs and photographic negatives are unique, priceless resources that will greatly enhance the work of researchers."
Books and journals, some dating from the 19th century, which cover an extensive range of Thoroughbred-related topics, highlight the Thoroughbred Times collection. Featured among its other contents are complete runs of such fundamental titles as Blood-Horse, Daily Racing Form Monthly Charts, Thoroughbred Record, and Thoroughbred Times, as well as such historical materials as The Spirit of the Times, Turf Field and Farm, Irish Racing Calendar and British Racing Calendar.
The collection includes stallion registries and stud books from Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the United States.
The Thoroughbred Times, a trade magazine covering the Thoroughbred industry, was published from 1985 until September 2012.