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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for May 5, 2016:  Now Closed

University Archives

Donations

Monetary donations, as well as gifts of historical materials are gladly accepted by the University Archives.

Monetary Donations:

Specific funding opportunities to help preserve and make UK history more accessible include:

Documenting student life and culture:

-Preservation of scrapbooks documenting student life from the turn of the 20th Century to present day

-Collection and preservation of Greek life materials

Photographs and moving images of campus life:

-Preservation reformatting of photos, films and videotape

UK Women:

-Processing and preservation of the papers of notable UK women, including a pioneer in the field of air conditioning engineering, Margaret Ingels; the University's first Librarian, Margaret I. King; and Dean of Women Frances Jewell McVey, Sarah Blanding, and Sarah Bennett Holmes

UK Presidents:

-Processing and preservation of the papers of the early UK Presidents

UK Athletics:

-Creation of a self-sufficient Athletics Archives to support the acquisition, preservation, and maintenance of athletics collections

For procedural information relating to monetary giving, contact the Dean's Office, Young Library; telephone: (859) 257-0500, extension 2158]

Historical Materials Donations:

The University Archives and Records Program welcomes the offer of gifts of personal papers, UK publications, photographs, audio-visual materials, memorabilia and other UK-related materials. The University Archives and Records Program attempts to document all aspects of academic life, from administrative functions through student activities. However, it should be noted that limitations exist as to the types and quantity of materials we are able to accept.

To inquire about donating historical/archival materials contact Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections.


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