About Us

The archives and oral history programs are units within Special Collections  (SC) at the University of Kentucky Libraries

The archives has more than 50,000 cubic feet of papers, records, moving and still images that document the people, places, and events that have shaped Kentucky’s history and culture. The archives supports the programs of the University by preserving its past and by providing source materials which will further scholarship and research. The archives focuses on Kentucky related manuscripts,Appalachia, audio-visual materials, university archives, and public policy.

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of over 8,000 oral history interviews. Over 500 interviews are consulted annually by researchers worldwide. The number of interviews available on the World Wide Web continues to grow, providing greater access to the collection. The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is currently developing the Online Oral History Projects Initiative, to offer searchable, full text transcripts on the World Wide Web.

This blog is a way for SC staff to share news and items of interest with the public. Please let us know what you think.