Brief Overview of the Collections
Recognizing the importance of the institution's records and the need for a
department to collect, preserve and organize them for scholarly use, KSU
officially established a University Archives in Farrell Library (renamed Hale
Library in 1997) during the fall of 1983. The purpose of the archives is to
collect, preserve, and make available for reference use, all non-current records
of and about Kansas State University having permanent historical, legal, administrative
or fiscal value as defined by the KSU Policy and Procedures Manual, Chapter
3090. University records are defined as documents, manuscripts, publications,
photographs, tape recordings, drawings, maps, microforms, or other documentary
materials regardless of physical form or characteristics, bearing upon the activities
and functions of the university or its employees. Major categories of university
records collected and housed in the University Archives are described below.
- Office Records
- An important body of records for the early years of the college is housed
in the archives. The former college historians accumulated files from offices
on campus, as well as from individuals associated with K-State. Since 1983
a comprehensive program has been underway to arrange for offices, departments
and individuals at KSU to transfer noncurrent records to the archives on
a continuous basis. Major examples of office records include correspondence,
reports, minutes, policy documents, administrative files, financial and legal
documents, memoranda, research files, and other forms of records described
- Publications and Printed Material
- Publications created by K-State's administrative offices, departments and
organizations. Included are such items as books, reports, periodicals, newsletters,
pamphlets, programs, proceedings, and posters. Monographs authored by KSU
faculty are also acquired for the archives.
- Photographic Records
- A collection of 50,000 photographs, negatives, albums, and slides acquired
from offices and departments on campus, as well as from individuals, is maintained
in the University Archives.
- Maps, Charts, Plans and Drawings
- A number of campus maps and building plans are on file.
- Audio and Video Tape Recordings
- Interviews and recordings of speeches, programs and university events are
included in the holdings.
- Papers of Alumni
- Items accumulated by alumni during their days at KSU are preserved in
the archives. Letters, photos, scrapbooks and publications are examples of
materials collected to document the history of K-State. The archives also
collects the papers of alumni who distinguish themselves after leaving the
Manuscript collections having research value in areas such as literature,
agriculture, art, journalism, music, architecture, engineering, education,
human ecology, veterinary medicine and science are acquired for scholarly
Manuscript Collections (non-university)
In addition to the various forms of university records identified above, the
archives seeks collections of manuscripts, photographs, and related material,
from individuals, organizations and companies not associated with KSU which
support the major academic departments and research activities of the institution.
Persons owning collections with potential research value
are encouraged to contact the University Archives about the possibility of donating
them to K-State.