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University Archives

The University Archives, established in 1969, is the repository for the records documenting the history of the University of Kansas. While some early records were lost, numerous documents were identified and kept by various offices and eventually brought to the Archives for proper preservation and storage. The Archives is working to increase the digital availability of materials within the collections. Digital projects encompass audiovisual material, documents, photographs, and websites.

The following areas are included in the collections:


  • Football Team 1893, detail

    The athletic tradition at KU is long and an important a part of the University's history. Our collection documents the legendary coaches and athletes, lesser known individuals, and fans throughout the years.

  • North College 1890, detail

    Indexes and brief synopses have been prepared for each building on campus. Thousands of photographs trace the changes in the buildings' exteriors and interiors, as well as their surroundings. Blueprints are available for many structures, including some no longer in existence. Individuals must obtain written permission from the KU Privacy Office to see the blueprints for existing buildings.

  • Chancellor Snow

    As the repository of the University's official documents, University Archives houses the papers and correspondence of the chancellors. Most of the important issues in the development of the University are represented in this collection.

  • Jimmy Greene

    While University Archives is the repository of the  University's official documents, it also includes the  papers and correspondence of many KU faculty members. The collection forms an important source  documenting the scholarly work and other accomplishments of the men  and women who have served KU through the years. Photographs of faculty members may also be available.

  • Allen Fieldhouse construction

    The University Archives holds over one million photographic items in many different formats, with prints, negatives, slides and glass plates among them. All of the photographs are arranged in a manner which allows quick access based on subject and time period. The photographs document the development of the campus and its buildings, student life, faculty, commencement, and athletic events. Photographic reproduction is available – please visit the Reproducing Materials page for information.

  • Archives Stacks

    KU has a long history of managing its records. The University Archives has gathered, organized, and preserved KU's official record since its inception in 1969.

  • Students on the Steps of Spooner Hall

    The University Archives houses photographs, records, and scrapbook, among other items, related to student activities, life and organizations. Individuals can review the finding aid for Student Organizations Records to see the types of records available for the various organizations. All of the material is arranged in a manner which allows quick access based on the organization, subject, and time period.


Rebecca Schulte
University Archivist

Molly Herring
Associate Archivist


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