The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection and preservation of oral histories. The more than 9,000 histories in our collection provide a unique look into Kentucky and American history and represent an irreplacible resource for researchers today and generations from now.
Our collections focus on 20th century Kentucky history, Appalachia, Kentucky writers, agriculture, black history, the history of education, politics and public policy, the Civil Rights Movement, veterans, the University of Kentucky, healthcare, as well as industries such as coal, equine and Kentucky's bourbon industry.
We aspire to enlighten students, faculty, researchers, and members of the community about our shared history through the stories of those who have lived it. And through our online catalog (SPOKEdb) and innovative access system (OHMS), those stories are easier to access than they have ever been.
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.