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Special Collections Research Center

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

Archives

To explore rare or unique material online please spend some time in Explore UK.

The Archives documents Kentucky through primary source materials in the following areas:

The Audio-Visual Archives collects, preserves and provides access to still photographs, moving images and sound recordings that document the history of Kentucky. Central and eastern Kentucky are heavily represented in the family, studio and institutional photograph, local radio and television and independent film collections.  Major collections include the John C. Wyatt Lexington Herald-Leader photographs and Lafayette Studios.

Manuscripts contains collections of family papers, diaries, church records, business records, papers of Kentucky authors, genealogical collections, 20th century political collections of national importance, nineteenth century manuscripts, and historical materials relating to Kentucky and the Ohio Valley. 

The Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection contains over 10,000 book and journal titles. It also includes the records of land, railroad, coal and lumber companies, anti-poverty agencies, and community activist groups, as well as collections documenting labor strife, economic development, and rural health, and the papers of the region’s writers, artists, and musicians.Prominent collections include James Still, Harriette Arnow and Harry Caudill.

The Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center 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.

University Archives and Records Program preserves the documentary evidence of the history of the University of Kentucky, provides assistance and information to patrons researching the history of the institution, and administers the Records Program of the University. The University Archives contains the Big Blue Sports Archives which documents the legacy and culture of UK Athletics. 


To use primary resources in person please visit the Breckinridge Research Room.


Our Mission

Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Center for Judicial Excellence, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

SCRC collects,preserves, and provides access to 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. SCRC maintains the University Archives and records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. SCRC 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 at Special Collections Research Center do not circulate.

Access to materials provided through the Breckinridge Research Room.

For Research, Reference, or Collections-related Inquiries
Breckinridge Research Room
Phone:
(859) 257-8611
Fax: (859) 257-6311
Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu

Campus Mail Code: 0039

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