The Independent Filmmakers Archives brings together production materials from various Kentucky-related filmmakers into a unique and rich collection of documentary and fiction film. Each of these collections contain pre-production and post-production materials for the work of these artists, including story boards, scripts, field footage and audio, rough editing materials, and master prints. The artists whose works are featured in this collection include Heather Lyons, Nell Cox, Barbara Kopple and Robby Henson.
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.