Special Collections Library
Special Collections Library acquires and preserves materials primarily related to Kentucky and Kentuckians, with the objective of making them available to researchers interested in the state, its people and their relationship to the world. Visit us to learn about the Civil War, World War II, Kentucky authors, Mammoth Cave, Western Kentucky University, genealogy, folklore, Kentucky Shakers, politics and much more!

The Special Collections Library consists of three units: Research Collections; Manuscripts and Folklife Archives; WKU Archives


Browse the Special Collections Library Collections:

Folklife Archives

Genealogical Records

Industrial Reports for Kentucky Counties


Research Collections

SCL Exhibits

SCL Faculty and Staff Book Gallery

SCL Faculty and Staff Publications


WKU Archives

Worth a Thousand Words: Special Collections Galleries