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University Archives

Collections in the University Archives consist of non-current materials that document the administration, people and programs of Wichita State University since its founding as Fairmount College in 1895.

The papers of past presidents, administrators and distinguished faculty, publications by and about the University, catalogs, photographs, student newspapers and the yearbooks chiefly comprise the holdings.

The University Archives are arranged in Record Groups that reflect the origin of the materials and are the major administrative divisions of the overall collection. Within these Record Groups are distinct collections of materials, some of which are further described in detailed finding aids or inventories.

The Archives Classification Guide (.pdf) lists all collections in the University Archives, the contents of which range from numerous boxes to a single document.

To read about the university's history, click here.

Digital materials related to Wichita State's history are available by clicking the "Wichita State" tab in Special Collections' Digital Collections. Click here to access images, documents, speeches, publications, manuscripts and more!

Digital Collections about WSU History

Current WSU websites preserved by Special Collections and University Archives on the Archive-It platform include:

The WSU Libraries' institutional repository SOAR provides access to digital copies of selected historical materials in the University Archives:

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