Collection Strengths

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. 

Collection Strengths

Arts, Culture, and the Humanities

From the personal papers of music legends Jerry Wexler and Jimmy Rogers to science fiction, fantasy, and children’s literature, we hold a wide range of materials with artistic, literary, and historical value.

Collection Guides

Research collections are particularly strong in the consumer movement, agriculture, grain science & milling, cooking, military history, Kansas life and culture, and university history.

Cookery Collection

The Cookery Collection is one of the top research collections of its kind in the United States. It contains thousands of cookbooks and related volumes that date from 1487 to the present.

Consumer Movement Archives

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.

Kansas and the Great Plains

Because Kansas history, Westward expansion, agriculture, and rural life contribute to the university’s identity, we collect documents, papers, and institutional archives that are of importance to the region’s economy and culture.

K-State Historical Collections

University Archives is the repository for records with indefinite historical, legal, administrative, or fiscal value. We also preserve the personal papers of faculty that document K-State’s organizational, intellectual, and social history.

Military History

Our military history collections date from the Civil War. While national in scope, we also hold the personal papers of important Fort Riley and K-State alums, including General Richard Myers and Lieutenant General Richard Seitz.

Public Service Journalism

Journalists who expose corruption, spur reform, or influence cultural dialogue generate vast collections that are invaluable for researchers. We hold the papers of nationally known voices such as Marlin Fitzwater, David Dary, and more

The Saint John’s Bible

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.

Stories from the collections    

Clementine Paddleford

This collection highlights 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.

Delta Chapter 1917-1935

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, Experiences in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in WWII

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 Howell, K-State's First Black Female Graduate

Minnie M. Howell was the first black woman to graduate from Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC) in 1901.

Last updated: 05/27/2015