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Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Researchers are required to make appointments at least 24 hours in advance to use materials held by Special Collections.


Making arrangements in advance ensures we will be able to assist you and efficiently retrieve materials for your research. Please go to the home page to schedule an appointment. 


For more information or other questions, please contact Special Collections.



Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016



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How to contact us:

Mailing address:

Wichita State University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS  67260-0068

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Telephone:  (316) 978-3590

Fax:  (316) 978-5318



Dr. Lorraine Madway, Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist

Aparna Naga Sai Puppala, Student Assistant

Majeed Imrani Shaik, Student Assistant

Mary Nelson, Program Consultant

Jeremy Zuni, Project Archivist


Support for Special Collections:

To maintain its level of service and to continue to grow its collections, Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries, needs the generous assistance of individuals and organizations like you to build and sustain our collections. We welcome inquiries from individuals and organizations interested in adding to our holdings, contributing funds or supporting our work in other ways.

Please contact the Curator of Special Collections:

By Mail:
Special Collections and University Archives
Wichita State University Libraries
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0068

By Telephone:
(316) 978-3590

Special Collections thanks the many individuals and organizations whose generosity over the years has helped us build and maintain our collections.



Special Collections' materials are available for in-house use only. Information about many of the collections is available on the library's online catalog and this website. Information about other collections is available through finding aids.

Records Retention Schedule outlines procedures to be followed by offices and departments on campus.


Rights Management:

Researchers are encouraged to use materials made available on this website for educational and research purposes.  Downloading materials from this web site is permitted, on the condition that proper attribution of the source in all copies is provided;  however, this does not grant permission to publish.

For any other uses of materials from this website, please contact us. These uses include publication, commercial products, broadcast, and other uses that do not fall under provision of fair use in the United States Copyright Law.


Statement on Use and Reproductions:

Wichita State University Libraries makes available on this website selected materials in Special Collections and University Archives for use in research, instruction and private study.  Special Collections and University Archives owns the physical materials digitized on this website and may also be the copyright holder, and we are dedicated to insuring their long term preservation.

Digital images are drawn from materials that are in the public domain or from those protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code).  For the use of images of materials that are in the public domain, users may reproduce them or the accompanying data for research, instruction and private study.  For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, photocopy or download) materials from collections without prior permission, on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies (see below, Attribution) and notify us of your use.  For other uses of materials, e.g., publication, broadcast and all commercial uses, you must obtain permission and pay required fees.

For images of copyrighted materials on this website, users may reproduce them or the accompanying data for research, instruction, and private study under the provisions of Fair Use, outlined in section 107 of copyright law.  Publication, commercial use, broadcast or reproduction of these images or the accompanying data that does not fall under the provisions of Fair Use requires prior written permission from the copyright holder as well as the physical owner.   The user assumes all responsibility for obtaining the necessary permission to publish (including in digital format) from the copyright holder.   For more information on using this image, contact Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries,



Material used in a publication, display or presentation is to be accompanied by a credit line that cites the title, collection and repository.

Example Credit Line:
Great Central Fair buildings, Logan Square, Philadelphia, June 1864, Kantor Collection of the U.S. Sanitary Commission and Sanitary Fairs, Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries


Preferred Citation:

When using materials from Special Collections, please acknowledge their source by clearly stating the name of the collection in which you found the materials. Here is an example of our preferred citation:

May Williams Ward Papers, MS 74-18 [manuscript number], Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries

If the materials you are using were found on our Web site, please specify the URL of the Web page on which you found them.


Reproduction and Photocopy Policy:

Selected materials may be reproduced for research use only if the items can withstand the stress of reproduction.  We reserve the right to limit the number of copies made for any patron.  Reproduction of entire collections or portions of a collection is not permitted in order to safeguard the integrity and uniqueness of research materials entrusted to our care.  Every effort will be made to respond promptly to requests; however, requests for large quantities of copies will require special arrangements. To request a copy of the Reproduction Permission Application, please contact us.