Arts, Culture, and Humanities

About the collection

From the personal papers of blues legend Jimmy Rogers to composer Gail Kubik, from science fiction and fantasy to children’s literature, we hold a wide range of materials with artistic, literary, and historical value.

A few selections include

The Limited Editions Club (LEC) series - Spanning eight decades, the LEC is a triumph of American bookmaking and publishing that includes nearly 600 volumes. Thanks to Regents Distinguished Professor Dr. James Marsden, K-State is one of only three institutions in the United States with a complete collection.

A Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible - The Heritage Edition is a full-size fine art reproduction of the original St. John’s Bible, a completely handwritten and illuminated seven-volume text. This important work was donated by Kansas State University alumni Warren and Mary Lynn Staley.

The papers of Louis Zukofsky -Zukofsky was an American poet, critic and translator. He was associated with the "objectivist" movement of the early 1930s. Kansas State University purchased his papers in 1984.

Gordon Parks Collection - Parks, a photographer, writer, and director, was raised in Fort Scott, Kansas. The collection primarily documents the creation of his film "The Learning Tree."

The papers of Gail Kubik - Kubik was an internationally known composer and winner of a Pulitzer Prize. Approximately 180 linear feet of shelf space hold documentation of Kubik's professional and personal activities from 1914 to 1984, including more than 200 manuscript scores of his works.

The David J. Williams III L. Frank Baum Collection: The Baum Collection includes more than 600 items that were written by "Wizard of Oz" author Baum or were written by other authors who set their tales in the Oz universe.

Donate to this collection

We are growing our special collections endowment so that we can develop our arts, culture and humanities holdings. An endowment will allow the Morse Department of Special Collections to participate in a market where successful buyers must act quickly, and it will give us the freedom to make strategic purchases.

For more information, contact Tracy Robinson, director of development at the KSU Foundation, at (785) 532-7530 or