University Archives

About the collection

The Morse Department of Special Collections is home to the university archives, which is responsible for preserving and making available documentation of the history of Kansas State University, including institutional records, student organizations, student life and culture, faculty contributions, and other affiliated organizations.

We preserve K-State records with significant historical, legal, administrative, or fiscal value. We also collect records and papers of student groups, affiliated organizations, and faculty that document K-State’s organizational, intellectual, and social history.

Holdings include publications such as campus directories, course catalogs, newspapers, yearbooks, and Kansas State Research and Extension Archived Publications, especially research reports on Kansas agriculture. Other collections include photographs, documentation of events, and records from numerous campus units that include presidential records dating from the 1870s to the present. To know if official records should be transferred to the university archives, please refer to the university’s records retention schedule or contact the university archivist.

We seek to document the intellectual vitality of K-State by collecting the personal papers of faculty. Examples include Donald Adamchak, Tessie Agan, James Carey, Joel Climenhaga, Richard Coleman, Norman Feder, Barry Flinchbaugh, Cornelia Flora, Don Good, Mary Harman, Jack Holl, Miles McKee, Pat O’Brien, Robert Schoeff, Homer Socolofsky, Russell Thackrey, and Julius T. Willard.

University archives also preserves the history of diversity at K-State through the papers of groundbreaking K-State figures, including George Washington Owens and Minnie O. Howell, the first African American man and woman, respectively, to graduate from K-State. We also hold the history of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the first chapter west of the Mississippi River of the historically African American fraternity.

We often work with alumni and their families who are interested in donating photographs, documents, publications, and other materials that reflect student life at K-State.

Donate to this collection

If you would like to help preserve K-State history, contact Cliff Hight, University Archivist, at (785) 532-3420 or