506 Hale Library
Manhattan, KS 66506
8 am - 5 pm
The Morse Department of Special Collections plays a key role in helping Kansas State University achieve its goal of becoming a top 50 public research library by 2025—we offer scholars access to resources that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. These unique materials provide the foundation for pioneering research.
Our valuable collections focus on the consumer movement, agriculture, grain science and milling, cooking, military history, and Kansas life and culture. We carefully select resources to strengthen these areas and are extremely grateful to those whose generosity adds depth and breadth to our holdings. For example, an alumnus who is a renowned chef is gathering together her life’s work to enrich our cooking collection.
Our department is also responsible for documenting Kansas State’s value and legacy. We do so through the University Archives, the repository for official records. To enhance the Archives, we consider donations of personal papers and memorabilia from faculty, students, and families. Recently, we received a gift from the grandson of a 1914 graduate whose scrapbooks depict campus life 100 years ago.
Our benefactors, the late Richard and Marjorie Morse, provided several endowments, one of which has made it possible to award an undergraduate research scholarship and a graduate/faculty fellowship open to scholars worldwide. Monetary donations make such honors possible.
We welcome inquiries from those who share our passions and would like to support the Morse Department of Special Collections through contributions.