The Fellowship is named after former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Earle C. Clements in recognition of his service and many contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation. During his career in public service, Clements was an advocate for improved education, better roads, and economic development. He is considered one of the most successful and visionary governors in Kentucky history. The Earle C. Clements Fellowship, awarded annually to a UK graduate student, is made possible by a generous gift from his family.
The Fellowship pays tuition and includes health benefits and a monthly stipend. The recipient also works 20 hours a week in the Public Policy Archives. For more information on the Earle C. Clements Fellowship, contact Judy Sackett, Assistant Dean of the Libraries for Planning and Administration.
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.