The Kentucky Library Research Collections comprise a unique research center of primary sources for both the university community and general public users. Originally called the "Kentucky Library" with a mission to collect "all things Kentucky," the collection quickly grew to encompass the world. We house rare books, photographs, sheet music, rare periodicals, and specialized research collections in diverse languages or formats dating from the 15th century to today.

Our holdings are unique artifacts of local, national and international importance. Current collection holdings include more than 75,000 books and periodicals, thousands of unique extant examples of ephemera, music and political memorabilia, and an ever growing number of photographs, images, and sound / video recordings. Our materials can be accessed through the One-Search Box, TOPCAT, TopSCHOLAR®, KenCat, and in-house paper finding aids.

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Submissions from 2019

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1850 Monroe County, Kentucky Slave Census, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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1860 Monroe County, Kentucky Slave Census, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Fannie Goodrum Neel Photograph Album, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Historical Overview of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2018

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Topographic Map Collection, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Aerial View of Holy Spirit Catholic Church Smallhouse Road, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Schujahn Descendants, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Schutz Family, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

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Shake Rag Clippings File, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2017

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Traces Index by Sandra Gorin, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2007

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2007, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

Submissions from 2006

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2006, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2005

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2005, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2004

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Carrolls of Longfall, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Extended Family of John Wilson and Frances Franklin Carroll, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2004, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2003

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2003, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2002

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2002, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 2001

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Jeremiah Osborn (And Some Descendants) of Hampshire County (West) Virginia, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 2001, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1999

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1999, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1998

Descendants of William C. Johnson, Michael Schmid and James Jones, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Descendants of William C. Johnson, Michael Schmid [Smith] and James Jones, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1998, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1997

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1997, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1996

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1996, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1995

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1995, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1994

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1994, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1993

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1993, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1992

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1992, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1991

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1991, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1990

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1990, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1989

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1989, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1988

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Corvette Specs and Technologies ZR-1 Automobile, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Park City Daily News Obituary Index for 1988, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1984

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Piney Grove Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1982

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Barren River Mental Health Mental Retardation Board Newsletter, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1978

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Western Kentucky Annual Conference Program held at Taylor [Taylor's] A.M.E. Church, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1976

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Todd County, Kentucky Telephone Directory, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1969

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Bowling Green, KY Telephone Directory 1969 with Morgantown, Smiths Grove, Woodburn, Logansport, & Rochester, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

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Bowling Green Telephone Directory 1969, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1964

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Handbook of Information for Caneyville Graded and High School, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1962

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Bowling Green Telephone Directory, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Old Homes In and Near Bowling Green, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1956

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Family History, The Elrods, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1953

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Complete Home Washing Guide, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Survey of Agriculture in Fulton County, Kentucky, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1951

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Mustang State Street School Yearbook, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1950

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Telephone Directory for Glasgow, KY with Cave City and Hiseville Listings, 1950, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1949

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Bristow High School Comet Yearbook, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Taylor Chapel A.M.E Bulletin, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Telephone Directory Bowling Green, KY, Morgantown, KY, Woodburn, KY, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1948

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Bristow High School Sentinel Yearbook, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Souvenir Program of the Inaugural Flight of Eastern Airlines, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1947

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Kentucky Masonic Directory, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1945

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The Spanish-American War by John Schoenborn (E715 .S34 1945), Kentucky Library Research Collection

Submissions from 1944

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Gothic Glasgow Training School Yearbook, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1937

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Robert Ground Family Tree, Mamie Ground Hays and Pleasant Ground

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Kentucky Rock Asphalt Company "KYROCK", Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1934

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The Sequence of the Human Occupance in Wayne County, Kentucky: An Historical Study, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1933

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History of Hopkins County, KY, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1930

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Address of the Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher, Delivered Before The Alumni Association of the University of Alabama, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Bowling Green, Kentucky Classified Business Directory, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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The Flowing Stream, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

Submissions from 1929

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The Bulletin Taylor's Chapel A.M.E. Church, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1928

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Oil and Gas Map of Warren County, KY, Eyl, W. C.

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Gorgas Memorial Laboratory, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

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History of Influence Roads Had in Developing [Warren] County, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Official Bulletin, National Committee for the Reception of United Spanish War Veterans (Ephemera W-72), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1926

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Catalog of Annville Institute, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Owensboro, Kentucky Junior High News, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Telephone Directory for Bowling Green, Rockfield and Woodburn, Kentucky 1926, Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co.

Submissions from 1925

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Telephone Directory for Bowling Green, Rockfield and Woodburn, Kentucky 1925, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Bowling Green, Kentucky Classified Business Directory, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Bus Schedules, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Index to Coats of Arms in the Journal of American History, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Memoirs of a Jockey, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Olde Kentucky Quilts: Their Traditions, Their Beauty, Their Place in Present Day Homes, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Opening of the Louisville and Nashville Passenger Station, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1924

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Catalog of Fine Memorial Goods of the H. F. Wendell & Company, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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The Bulletin Taylor's Chapel A.M.E. Church, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1921

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Telephone Directory for Bowling Green, Rockfield and Woodburn, Kentucky 1921, Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Company

Submissions from 1920

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Telephone Directory for Bowling Green, Rockfield and Woodburn, Kentucky 1920, Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Company

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History of Warren County, KY in the World War, 1917 - 1919, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1913

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Fire Insurance Rates on Dwellings and Private Barns for Bowling Green Kentucky, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Old Hickory Trucks, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1911

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Hogwallow Kentuckian, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1907

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Ordinary Meeting, The Panama Canal, The Lock Canal type and the Straits of Panama Type, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1904

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Blue Bell: March Song and Chorus by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse (SM03156), Kentucky Library Research Collection

Submissions from 1903

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Eagle Eye, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Eagle Eye, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Statistical Abstract of the United States (Kentucky Crop Production), Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

Submissions from 1900

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Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Kentucky Library Research Collection