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Special Collections is open to the public and located on the lower level of Ablah Library.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we encourage scheduling a research appointment.


Over 500 different manuscript collections provide research opportunities for students, scholars and community users. The collections cover a wide range of topics, with emphasis on aviation, Wichita and Kansas history, women's organizations, abolition, U.S. Civil War and entrepreneurship. The various holdings are comprised of papers of organizations and individuals, diaries, company records, correspondence and other materials.  Certain collections are stored off-site, retrieval of which requires at least 48 hours.

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