506 Hale Library
Manhattan, KS 66506
8 am - 5 pm
Special Collections is committed to enhancing and expanding all its collections in continued support of its teaching, learning and academic research community. There are over a million items in the collection which range from manuscripts, archival records, rare books, photographs, recordings, and ephemera.
Research collections are particularly strong in the consumer movement, agriculture, grain science & milling, cooking, military history, Kansas life and culture, and university history.
The Consumer Movement Archives preserves and documents the history of the consumer movement in the United States by providing a repository for the papers and records of consumer leaders, activists and organizations, and by promoting the scholarly use of the material.
The department holds nearly 90,000 volumes of rare, unique, or exemplary books, serials, pamphlets, maps, and broadsides dating from 1486 to the present.
Our most significant collection strengths include the Cooking Collection, Kansas and Western American history, agriculture, military history, children's literature, historic costumes & textiles, artists' books, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Additions to the print collection are made through purchases and donations.
This collection higlights the life of Clementine Paddleford, a Kansas native and K-State alum who was an internationally-known food writer and critic during the 1920s-1960s.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. established their first chapter west of the Mississippi at Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC). The college’s racially mixed campus became home to the Delta Chapter on April 9, 1917.
Lt. Marjorie Honstead (1920–2006), was part of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. during World War II. The collection documents the years Lt. Honstead served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
Minnie M. Howell was the first black woman to graduate from Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC) in 1901.
The seven-volume Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible combines ancient calligraphic techniques with computer technology to create on calf-skin vellum the first hand-written and hand-illuminated bible commissioned in over 500 years.