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The Special Collections Research Center collects, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our collections and resources support the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University community and scholars around the world. By serving as the essential bridge between past, present, and future, the SCRC provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and for scholars to advance original research.

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The SCRC has several unique resources for research, scanning, fine printing, recording, teaching, and more, including the Breckinridge Research Room.

Explore the Spaces & Technology in the SCRC.


Margaret I. King Library
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Specialized Resources for Research & Learning

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Internationally recognized for collecting and preserving lived experiences through oral history, with a catalog of over 17,000 interviews.

Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Center

Preserving the history of Kentucky politics, government, and materials pertaining to the US Congress.

John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary

Documenting Kentuckians who have served in the federal judiciary and their contributions to American legal discourse. 

Teaching with Primary Sources

Work with archivists and librarians to integrate primary sources and experiential learning assignments into the classroom.

Learning Lab Internship

A paid opportunity for undergraduates to pursue research projects using unique archival materials from our collections.

King Library Press

Lectures, workshops, and apprenticeship opportunities for students and community members interested in the book arts.

Help Us Preserve Kentucky's Rich History

Your support helps us locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Grants & Partnerships

Institutional support through grants and partnerships helps UK Libraries develop innovative tools, create leading digital libraries, and expand access to our collections.

Discover Grant-Supported Projects

Find What You're Looking For

Learn advanced search techniques to help you navigate our vast collections of rare and unique primary source and archival materials. 

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