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UK History Research Topics

The collections housed in the University Archives and Records Program---records, personal papers, photographs, folio items, reference files and collections, and memorabilia---lend themselves to research in a wide variety of subjects relating to the history of the University of Kentucky. The following is a partially annotated list of primary and secondary sources in the Archives relevant to and useful for research in a number of general areas and topics of University history.

General topics of research:

Administrative history:

Sources available:

Minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees (including tape recordings of later meetings)

Annual Report of the President

University Strategic Plan

Five-Year Plan

Governing and Administrative Regulations

Official papers of presidents of the University

Records of administrative offices

Self-Study Report and records

General Reference File (file rubrics, e.g.):

President's Office

Board of Trustees

Vice Chancellor, Administration

Chancellor, Lexington Campus

Presidential Biographical File (biographical information on presidents of the University)

Board of Trustees Biographical File (biographical information on members of the Board of Trustees)

Special, generally circulated reports issued by the President's Office, other administrative offices, and by University-wide committees appointed by the President

Financial/ fiscal/ business history:

Sources available:

University Budget

Financial Report (annual; monthly)

Biennial Budget Request

Records of the Office of Business Administration, Business Affairs

General Reference File (file rubrics, e.g.):

Budget

Comptroller's Office

Vice President, Business Administration

Office of Planning and Budget

Financial: General; Miscellaneous

Office of Development

Faculty/ Staff Biographical File: files on individual business officers of the University

Academic history:

Sources available:

General Catalog

Graduate Catalog

Catalogs of colleges, schools, academic departments

Class Schedule

Annual reports of colleges, schools, academic departments

Records collections of colleges, schools, academic departments

Commencement programs

Annual Report of the President: sections comprising annual reports of colleges, schools, academic departments

Minutes and other records of the University Senate, University Senate Council, and University Senate committees

Self-Study Report: reports on colleges, academic programs

Faculty papers

Faculty/ Staff Biographical File: files on professors, instructors, deans, directors (of schools), chairmen (of departments)

General Reference File: (file rubrics, e.g.)

Vice President, Academic Affairs

College of Arts and Sciences

Office of Academic Ombudsman

School of Music

Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce files on honorary and professional organizations

Student life history:

Sources available:

Yearbook

Freshman Register

Student handbooks, e.g., K-Book, Crossroads

Student newspapers, e.g., Cadet, Idea, Kentucky Kernel

Student Government/ Student Government Association records

Student Activities Board records

Student literary publications, e.g., Letters, Laurel, Jar

Alumni Association Alumni Questionnaires Collection

Alumni/ Student Biographical File (files of biographical information on individual students and graduates)

General Reference File (file rubrics, e.g.):

Student Government

Student Government Association

Student Activities Board

Student Center

Protests and Demonstrations files on specific fraternities and sororities

Athletics history:

Athletics File: clippings and other printed materials describing and documenting

Athletics administrative history, and chronicling the history of sporting events

Programs of games (most extensive collections are of football and basketball)

Photographs:Nollau Glass Negative Collection (ca. 1898-ca. 1920)

Nollau Nitrate Print File (ca. 1920-ca. 1940)

Nollau Print File: F Series (ca. 1910-ca. 1940)

General Print File (most extensive collections are of football and basketball)Athletics Association records (1940's, 1950's)

Audio play-by-play (radiocasts) of games (football, basketball)

Film, videotape of games (football, basketball)

Faculty/ Staff Biographical File: biographical information about coaches, athletics administrators

Alumni/ Student Biographical File: biographical information about former and present players

Physical history:

Buildings File

Building blueprints and floor plans; architectural drawings

Campus maps

Campus [physical] Development Plan (s)

Photographs:

Nollau Glass Negative Collection

Nollau Nitrate Print File

Nollau Print File: F Series

General Print File

Public Relations Print File

Biography:

Faculty/ Staff Biographical File

Alumni/ Student Biographical File

Presidential Biographical File

Board of Trustees Biographical File

Directories (campus-wide, departmental, relating to organizations)

Portrait [photographic] Print File: useful in illustrating biographies and biographical

studies

Personal papers (faculty, staff, alumni; presidential office papers)

Pictorial history:

(all are photographic collections) Nollau Glass Negative Collection

Nollau Nitrate Print File

Nollau Print File: F Series

Flexible [safety] Negative Collection

General Print File

Public Relations Print File

Photographic Services Negative File: Regular Series

Photographic Services Negative File: Portrait Series

Public Relations Negative File (numerical)

Public Relations Negative File (alphabetical)

Portrait Print File

Special research topics

(work in-progress)

Student protest (especially Viet Nam War protest)

Integration/ civil rights/ race relations

Women's history

Campus religious history

Genealogy/ family history

University campus in relation to wars