The UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center supports access to primary source materials pertaining to public policy, politics, and Congress. The Ford Center strives to promote research and programming and also provides UK faculty involved in teaching and research in these areas the opportunity to work closely with the Ford Center on specific or general topics. The Ford Center also develops public and educational programming and exhibits. UK Libraries Ford Center works collaboratively with the UK Martin School of Public Policy & Administration and also with the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center.
The Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro, Kentucky was founded by U.S. Senator (retired) Wendell Hampton Ford. It is dedicated to engaging citizens of all ages in the governmental process. Visitors can learn about Senator Ford’s long career in local, state and national government while learning about our dynamic, participatory form of governance by visting the center.
The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve 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. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.