Special Collections and University Archives is the unit within Wichita State University Libraries that acquires, arranges, preserves, and makes available to the public rare and unique books, manuscripts, university records, photographs and other images, and Kansas maps and atlases. Its purpose is to enhance Wichita State University Libraries' general collection, support the research and teaching programs of Wichita State University, and provide opportunities for research to the people of Wichita and Kansas and to the research community at large.


General Information

  • Special Collections is open to the public.
  • Although walk-ins are welcome, we encourage scheduling a research appointment. 
  • Schedule an appointment 24 hours in advance online or by contacting us.
  • Making arrangements in advance ensures we will be able to assist you and efficiently retrieve materials for your research as some materials are stored offsite.



Open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday; Monday, May 28, 2018



Room 002, Lower Level, Ablah Library, Wichita State University

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How to contact us

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Wichita State University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS  67260-0068
(316) 978-3590
In person
Room 002, Lower Level, Ablah Library, Wichita State University



Sierra Marklevits, Student Assistant

Muhammad Rohail Jamil, Student Assistant

Jessica Mirasol, Curator and University Archivist

Aditya Namburi, Student Assistant

Mary Nelson, Program Consultant



Special Collections' materials are available for on-site use only. Information about many of the collections is available on the WSU Libraries online catalog and this website. Information about other collections is available through finding aids.  Some materials also are available in digital formats.

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


Frequently Asked Questions

For more about Special Collections, please read our FAQ page.


General Policies

Review rules for using the collections, reproduction and permission to publish, and other regulations that explain the purpose and mission of Special Collections.


Rights Management

Researchers are encouraged to use materials made available on this website for educational and research purposes.  Downloading materials from this website 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 Special Collections. 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.


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 Special Collections.


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 to build and sustain our collections. Please contact Special Collections to inquire about adding to our holdings, contributing funds or supporting our work in other ways. Special Collections thanks the many individuals and organizations whose generosity over the years has helped us build and maintain our collections.