The Breckinridge Research Room provides access to rare books, archival and manuscript collections, Kentuckiana, oral histories, and other materials held at the Special Collections Research Center. It is not required to make an appointment prior to your visit; however, many collections are stored off-site and require a pre-arranged request. Advanced notice will ensure that the materials you want are here for your visit. The Research Room staff are happy to place collections on reserve.
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 a records management programfor 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.