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.

Leap Year Etiquette, any woman who smokes in the presence of gentlemen without first having gained permission is an uncultured creature
Leap Year Postcards & Ephemera
Sergeant Hugh B. Wright (1975.27.170)
Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War of 1898 was one of the shortest wars in which the United States has ever been involved. From declaration of war to termination of hostilities, the war lasted a little less than four months, although the chief fighting only occupied about ten weeks. Cuba’s independence was the war’s major catalyst, but the U.S.’s impetus for entering the fray was the mysterious sinking of the armored cruiser U.S.S. Maine in February 1898 and the subsequent deaths of 250 sailors on board. The Treaty of Paris that formally ended the war called for Spain to relinquish sovereignty over Cuba and to cede Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippine Islands to the United States for $20 million. The defeat led to the loss of the last remnants of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and heightened the debate over expansionism in the United States.A little over 280,000 U.S. sailors, marines and soldiers served in the Spanish-American War with approximately 2,061 casualties, many of whom died from yellow fever. On record 6,065 Kentuckians participated in various campaigns in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, suffering 89 casualties. Material related to veterans of this war can be found below, including letters, military records, books, photographs, and pamphlets. These materials are housed in the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU and have been made available in conjunction with the WKU International Year of Cuba and in observation of the 120th anniversary of the Spanish-American War.Primary Sources for Spanish-American War.

Africa & the Middle East
Africa & the Middle East

Items from our collections that originated in or describe Africa and African culture.

Antarctica
Antarctica

Items related to Antarctica found in the collections of the Kentucky Library, WKU Library Special Collections & WKU Archives.

Asia
Asia
Australia
Australia
Europe
Europe
North America & Latin America
North America & Latin America
Latin & South America
Latin & South America
Needlecraft (April 1931)
Needlecraft

Needlecraft magazine began publication in September 1909 and continued until World War II. The magazine was known for its line drawings showing various handwork patterns and its cover art. The editor, Margaret Barton Manning stated that the “publication is devoted exclusively to practical needlecraft for personal and household use.” With detailed instructions for crochet, knitting, embroidery, tatting, baby clothes, purses, garments, house linens and other handwork, the magazine was a household staple. The work of artists such as James Leslie Wallace and others greatly increased the magazine’s appeal and make them collectible today for their cover art and advertisements.

Daily Food for Christians
Tiny Treasures: Bibles, Hymnals & Almanacs
Jack and Jill and other Mother Goose Rhymes
Tiny Treasures: Children's Books