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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for May 6, 2016:  Now Closed

Public Policy Archives

 

About

Public Policy Archives slideshow

Mission:

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.

Services:

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

 


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:
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