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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for August 29, 2016:  9:30am - 5:00pm

Audio-Visual Archives

 

History

The Audio-Visual Archives began in 1974 when it became clear that audio-visual materials throughout Special Collections needed special attention and had special value. As the audio-visual archives grew, Terry Birdwhistell traveled state wide to advocate the archiving of local radio and television news materials. Through a 1978 NEH grant, an effort was made to locate, separate, describe and microfilm photographs from the manuscript collections. In 1985, a staff position was established to address the specific needs of all audio-visual materials. The Audio-Visual Archives contains one of the largest, university based collections of archival film, video and audio recordings in the United States. Major sections of the Audio-Visual Archives include university generated educational and public affairs programming, as well as athletic film and video; the state's only broadcasting archive consisting of extensive collections of local television and radio programming; and the works of Kentucky-related independent film makers. The collection also includes over 2 million still photographic images.



 


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