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About the Department
The department serves as a time capsule of cultural and personal history of Kentucky and beyond. Learn more about the Civil War, World War II, Kentucky authors, Mammoth Cave, Western Kentucky University, genealogy, folklore, South Union Shakers, politics and much more! The Department of Library Special Collections is made up of three units:
|Manuscripts & Folklife
|Kentucky Building||Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4; Sat. 10-3*|
|Harrison-Baird Reading Room||Closed: May 17 & 26|
|Western Kentucky University||Phone: 270-745-5083|
|Bowling Green, KY||Directions / Contacts|
History of the Department of Library Special Collections
The Department of Library Special Collections began in the late 1920s with the campaign to construct a "Kentucky Building" on WKU's campus. Dedicated on November 16, 1939, this Georgian Revival structure serves primarily as a repository for books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, audio, video, and other material documenting the history, politics, culture, literature, daily life and folkways of the Commonwealth. Following a three-year construction and renovation project that more than doubled its size, the Kentucky Building was rededicated on July 4, 1980. Since then, its collections have continued to grow, both in volume and stature, to cover not just Kentucky but the world.
*All researchers are encouraged to consult with staff prior to their visit in order to maximize research time. This is especially true of Saturday researchers to ensure that records are pulled and ready. Bibliographic sessions, evening or weekend class or group sessions may be scheduled. Contact spcol.wku.edu for additional information.
|Commutation Money||Deep Water Jubilee|
|Mazie Thomas Art||Vincent Trago Letter|
|WKU Alumni||WKU Posters|