We Collect Kentucky, the Special Collections Library and Kentucky Museum have well followed this charge for over 80 years. For anyone interested in the state, its history, its people and their relationship to the world, the Kentucky Building is the treasury housing those “uncommon” resources. Below, you will find a way to sample nationally significant collections related to Kentuckians from all walks of life, involved in armed conflicts, politics, music, science, the arts, religion, education and much more. Come and explore the Uncommon Wealth of Kentucky.

Exhibits created from materials found in the Kentucky Museum, WKU Library Special Collections and WKU Archives.

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Uncommon Wealth of Kentucky
Uncommon Wealth of Kentucky

Exhibits of Kentucky source materials found in WKU Library Special Collections, WKU Archives and the Kentucky Museum.

Beyond Kentucky
Beyond Kentucky

The Kentucky Museum, WKU Library Special Collections and WKU Archives contain thousands of objects, documents and photographs. While the majority are Kentucky-centric, many reflect the world outside Kentucky and the United States as experienced by Kentuckians. In this space we will showcase some of the international collections housed in the Kentucky Building. Additional information regarding these collections is available through KenCat the online catalog.

WKU Exhibits
WKU Exhibits

Exhibits created about various topics in WKU's history.

WKU Student Scholarship Showcase
WKU Student Scholarship Showcase

Showcase of exhibitions, scholarship and creative works by WKU students. Browse WKU student theses and dissertations and Mahurin Honors College Capstone projects.