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Student Life

Alpha Kappa Alphas, 1988/1989. Call Number: RG 67/128

Alpha Kappa Alphas, 1988/1989
Call Number: RG 67/128

University Archives houses photographs, records, and scrapbooks, among other items, related to student life and organizations. The material is arranged in a manner that allows quick access based on the organization, subject, and time period. Individuals can review the online inventory of student organization records currently held by the Archives to see the types of records available for the various organizations. Information regarding student protests is also available.  The African American Rights Activities and Movements subject guide provides information on selected primary sources in the collections Kenneth Spencer Research Library pertaining to protests by African American students. 
A small portion of the photographs may be found in the KU Libraries' digital collections. Photographic reproduction is available; please visit the Reproducing Materials page for information.  Additionally, our online exhibits and repository offer historical documents and photographs such as:

Pre-1923 KU student newspapers have been digitized and are freely available on Newspapers.com via the Kansas Historical Society. Users must be Kansas residents and provide a Kansas driver's license or state identification. Included are the following:

  • University Courier (1878-1895)
  • University Times (1888-1889)
  • University Kansan (1889-1890)
  • Student’s Journal (1892-1895)
  • Kansas University Weekly (1895-1904)
  • University Daily Kansan (1904-1922)

As part of our mission to document the history of KU, University Archives is interested in preserving the records of all student organizations on campus. Archives staff has developed an informational handout for those organizations wishing to donate their records. For questions regarding the donation of records, please contact:

Rebecca Schulte
University Archivist




Rebecca Schulte
University Archivist

Molly Herring
Associate Archivist


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