Donating to Special Collections

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 areas such as the consumer movement, cooking,Kansas and the Great Plains, and military history. We carefully select resources to strengthen these areas, and we 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.

Special Collections is also home to the university archives, which documents Kansas State University’s value and legacy. In addition to official university records, the repository includes personal papers and documentation from faculty, students, alumni, and families. For example, the grandson of a 1914 graduate donated scrapbooks that 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 learn more about the Morse Department of Special Collections.

To support the Morse Department of Special Collections visit or contact:

Nicole Askew
Director of Development at the KSU Foundation
(785) 532-7530

Last updated: 08/17/2016