Special Collections Research Center

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Public Policy Archives



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The University of Kentucky Public Policy Archives preserves the history of Kentucky politics and government. The University of Kentucky Libraries has built one of the finest and most thorough bipartisan collections for public policy research in the United States. Use of the collection in publications by scholars nationally and internationally testifies to its research value. The UK Libraries Public Policy Archives is nationally recognized as one of the finest regional political collections repositories in the United States.

Major collections within
the Public Policy Archives include:
  • Alben W. Barkley
  • Thruston B. Morton
  • John Sherman Cooper
  • John B. Breckinridge
  • A. B. "Happy" Chandler
  • John Y. Brown, Sr.
  • Lawrence W. Wetherby
  • Rogers C. B. Morton
  • Mac Swinford
  • Wilson W. Wyatt
  • George Goodman
  • Robert E. Stephens
  • Wendell. H. Ford
  • Wendell P. Butler
  • Fred M. Vinson
  • Brent Spence
  • Earle C. Clements
  • Bert T. Combs
  • Stanley F. Reed
  • Morton J. Holbrook
  • Walter D. Huddleston
  • Lawrence W. Hager, Sr.
  • Albert P. Smith
  • Louie B. Nunn
  • Larry J. Hopkins
  • Scotty Baesler
  • Simeon Willis
  • Scott D. Breckinridge

 These collections total over 7,000 cubic feet of unique letters, photographs, speeches, sound recordings, film and memorabilia. They have been utilized by scores of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members, as well as nationally recognized authors and historians. Inventories to many of these political collections have been placed on the Internet for instant access by researchers world-wide.

Permanent and rotating exhibits, located in the lobby just outside the main entrance, showcase the Public Policy Archives' holdings. The Public Policy Archives, in partnership with the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, regularly cosponsors public programs and speakers addressing issues relating to the nation's, as well as Kentucky's political and governmental history and current public policy. School groups are encouraged to visit the Archives and its exhibits and to take advantage of the public programs offered.

Location and Hours:

The Public Policy Archives is located in Special Collections in the Margaret I. King Library.

The archives are open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Many of the Public Policy Archives collections are stored off-site, so advance notice of one's visit and what collections are needed is highly recommended. Photocopying in the Breckinridge Research Room in the Special Collections Library is allowed with supervision by a Research Room staff member to ensure that original order of the material is maintained. Digital scanning equipment is prohibited but digital cameras are allowed. If remote photocopying is requested, the Public Policy Archives faculty or staff will photocopy up to 50 pages of material charging only for the cost of the photocopying. Public Policy Archives faculty or staff will direct researchers to student help who can be hired to photocopy requests over 50 pages.

Contact Us:

(859) 257-8634

Jeff Suchanek, Head


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