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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: March 15|
|Western Kentucky University||Phone: 270-745-5083|
|Bowling Green, KY||Directions / Contacts|
History of the Department of Library Special Collections
The Kentucky Building was established in 1929 by WKU's first President, Henry Hardin Cherry "to preserve Kentucky's history and heritage." In 1976 an expansion project began to provide more space for collections, doubling the Kentucky Building in size.
*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.
|African Americans||African American VFW|
|Big Red||Bratton House|
|JFK Memory Project||Political Campaigns|
|Julian Potter||Gary Ransdell|