The University Archives and Records Program (UARP) is comprised of two units with three primary functions. The University Archives maintains archival holdings which preserve the history of the University of Kentucky, provides reference for research in primary and secondary historical sources, and disseminates information about the institution's history. The University Records Program administers and coordinates the Records Program of the University of Kentucky.
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.