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KU Libraries provide access to a growing number of finding aids from Spencer Research Library. These inventories reveal the wide variety of materials found in manuscript collections, including photographs, correspondences, printed material, diaries and drawings.

Finding Aids Home

Records for the majority of Spencer Research Library’s holdings can be found in the University’s online catalog. Key word searches in the online catalog can be limited to just the materials in Spencer Research Library:

  • From the KU Library Catalog, click on the “Set Other Search Limits” button in the bottom right corner of the Simple Search tab
  • In the Location: box, scroll down to Spencer Research Library (Kansas Coll. and Spencer Coll.) and click the text to highlight it
  • Click on the Set Limits button located at the top or bottom of the Search Limits box
  • From the Simple Search screen, choose either “Keyword “or “AND, OR, NOT (Keyword Boolean)” in the Search By: drop down menu. [Note that search limits only work when doing a Keyword or an AND, OR, NOT (Keyword Boolean) search]
  • Type in your search term or phrase then click on the Search button. Your search results will be limited to materials held in the Spencer Research Library.


Coronavirus Update

The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community are our highest priority. In accordance with campus-wide policies regarding COVID-19, Kenneth Spencer Research Library is currently closed to the public until further notice.

Spencer staff members are working remotely and remain available to assist researchers virtually. We are able to provide research support and fulfill reproduction requests, although these services will be limited and delayed. Please submit all questions and requests to ksrlref@ku.edu.

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