The University Archives is the officially designated repository for permanent and historic records generated by administrative and academic offices and departments of the University of Kentucky. It is the appropriate repository for other materials related to the history of the institution, such as photographs, films, personal and professional papers of University faculty or alumni, and the records of student professional and social organizations affiliated with the campus. Within the Archives over 11,000 cubic feet of holdings represent academic and administrative units, University presidents, professors, alumni, and the Board of Trustees that document virtually every aspect of the University's history. A large percentage of the available resources within the Archives are committed to the organization and preservation of these historical materials, so as to make them readily available for institutional and public use. The University Archives accepts donations of funds and materials from sources on and off campus.
The University Archives and Records Program has provided significant reference assistance to projects such as the architectural renovation and reconstruction of the Administration Building, the UK Basketball Museum, the 'on-line historical tour of the campus', and publications dealing with a variety of aspects of University life and history. UARP also promotes the use of University Archives materials and an awareness of the University's history through the mounting of actual and virtual exhibits.
For reference assistance, please contact the University Archives and Records Program via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at: 859-257-8372, or by regular mail at: University Archives and Records Program, Special Collections, Margaret I. King Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0039.
(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.
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.