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Research Tools

If you want to find books in the Special Collections Library, use the search box at the top of the page, or visit InfoKat Discovery.

You can locate collection guides for our processed collections and find digitized photographs, manuscripts, collections, newspapers, maps, or oral histories, and explore the history of UK through images, yearbooks, and more, at ExploreUK.

To learn more about the newspapers that have been digitized please see the Kentucky Edition.

Visit the Online Appalachian Resources site for digitized collections and finding aids that document Appalachian history, communities, industry, and culture.

Civil War in the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held my members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).



Research Assistance

If you are unable to conduct your own research on-site, a list of independent professional researchers in Kentucky can be found at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives website.

By providing a reference to this list, the SCRC in no way endorses any researchers, or the quality of any researchers' work.  The SCRC is not responsible for any arrangement made with independent researchers. Such arrangements, including the character, extent, and cost of the work, are purely private, contractual matters between the independent researcher and you. It also is up to you to determine whether or not the researcher's experience and qualifications meet your needs. Comments or complaints sent to the SCRC regarding any individual independent researcher can not be engaged, as we have no means for resolution or responsibility in any disputes.


New Requests System

(March 31, 2016) The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center has initiated a new online requests system allowing all our faculty, students, patrons, and visiting researchers to submit requests for materials, schedule a visit, or place digital reproduction and oral history orders through a custom web-based interface.

Create an account to get started.  All researchers visiting after March 31st will need to complete registration in their new account.

UK community members can login using their LinkBlue IDs while visitors can create their own login username and password. For more information, visit our FAQ.

Our Mission

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

Associate Dean Deirdre A. Scaggs

Materials in Special Collections do not circulate.

Access to materials are provided through the Breckinridge Research Room.


Campus Mail Code: 0039


For Research or Collections-related Inquiries

Breckinridge Research Room
Phone:
(859) 257-8611

Fax: (859) 257-6311

Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu


General Information


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


Emergency Vehicle Response Location:
179 Funkhouser