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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for July 23, 2016:  Closed

University Archives

About

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 responds to informational and research requests relating to the University of Kentucky and its history; patrons of the University Archives are provided access to its holdings through the Breckinridge Research Room of the Special Collections Library.

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.

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For reference assistance, please contact the University Archives and Records Program via e-mail at: uarp@lsv.uky.edu, 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.


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 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