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Research Guides for Special Collections Research Center

  • Abolition/Abolitionists: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • African American Primary Resources in Special Collections
  • Agriculture: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Appalachia: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Architecture and Design: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Asian/Middle East History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Authors/Literature/Writers - Appalachia: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Authors/Literature/Writers: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Banks/Banking: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Businesses/Mercantile Enterprises/Entrepreneurs: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Businesses/Mercantile Enterprises/Entrepreneurs: Primary Sources in Special Collections - Thomas D. Clark's Mercantile Records
  • Caribbean History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Central American History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Children's Book Collection in the Special Collections Research Center
  • Civil Rights in Kentucky - Oral Histories
  • Civil War (American) and Reconstruction Era, 1861-1877: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Coal Mining: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Cold War Era, 1945-1991: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Community Studies: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Cookbooks and Cookery, Menus, Recipes, and Preserving Food - Special Collections Research Center
  • Distilleries: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Education and Literacy (General): Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Education and Literacy in Appalachia: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Environment/Conservation: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Epidemics: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Equal/Women's Rights: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • European/Scandinavian History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Feuds and Outlaws: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Fine Arts/Music/Musicians/Folk Music: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Gilded Age, 1878-1889: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Great Depression: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Horse Industry: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Iron Industry: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Journalists/Journalism/Newspapers Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History Before 1784: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1861-1877: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, Antebellum Era, 1843-1860: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, Articles of Confederation Era (Pre-Statehood), 1784-1789: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, Early Republic/Statehood Era, 1790-1811: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, Era of Good Feelings, 1816-1823: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, Jacksonian Era, 1824-1842: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History, War of 1812 Era, 1812-1815: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Kentucky History: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Korean War Era, 1950-1954: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Labor/Unions: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Latin/Spanish American History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Law/Attorneys/Court Cases: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Medicine/Health Care: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Medicine/Public Health in Appalachia: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Mexican History/Mexicana: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Mexican War: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Migration In/Out of Kentucky: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Military Art and Science: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Oceanic History (South Seas, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii): Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Persian Gulf War (First Gulf War): Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Politics/Public Policy: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Populist/Progressive Era, 1890-1913: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Primary Source Research in UK Special Collections
  • Prohibition Era, 1920-1933: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Railroads: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Regional/Economic Development: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Religion/Churches/Clergy: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Roaring Twenties Era, 1920-1929: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Collection in the Special Collections Research Center
  • Shakers: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Slaves/Slavery: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Social Reformers: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • South American History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Special Collections: Research Guides to Primary Sources
  • Suffrage: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Temperance: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Timber/Lumber/Logging Industry in Appalachia: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Transportation: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Travel/Leisure History: Primary and Secondary Sources in Special Collections
  • Vietnam War Era, 1945-1975: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • War On Poverty: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • Women: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • World War I Era, 1914-1919: Primary Sources in Special Collections
  • World War II Era, 1939-1945: Primary Sources in Special Collections

  • Our Mission

    Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Center for Judicial Excellence, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

    SCRC collects,preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. SCRC maintains the University Archives and records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. SCRC advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

    Associate Dean Deirdre A. Scaggs

    Materials at Special Collections Research Center do not circulate.

    Access to materials provided through the Breckinridge Research Room.

    Special Collections Research Center
    Front Desk and Main Entrance

    Phone: (859) 257-1742
    Fax: (859) 257-6311
    Main Entrance open during regular operating hours:

    SUMMER HOURS (June 1 - August 18)
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    For Research, Reference, or Collections-related Inquiries
    Breckinridge Research Room
    Phone:
    (859) 257-8611
    Fax: (859) 257-6311
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    Breckinridge Research Room staff available during office hours:

    SUMMER HOURS (June 1 - August 18)
    Monday - Friday: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Campus Mail Code: 0039

    Emergency Vehicle Response Location:
    179 Funkhouser

    Mailing Address:
    Special Collections Research Center
    Margaret I. King Library
    University of Kentucky Libraries
    Lexington, KY 40506-0039

    Delivery Address:
    179 Funkhouser Drive
    Margaret I. King Library
    University of Kentucky Libraries
    Lexington, KY 40506-0039

    Please visit the SCRC staff directory for individual contact and program information.

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