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WKU Archives

Resources for Students/Researchers

WKU Archives serves the university's historical administrative, legal and records management needs by overseeing permanent records created by and about Western Kentucky University.  WKU Archives also functions as the collective memory of the institution by preserving materials produced by faculty, staff, students and alumni.  Holdings include but are not limited to administrative records, newspapers, minutes, departmental files, university publications, photographs, memorabilia and audiovisual materials. 

WKU Archives is open to all researchers interested in the history of WKU, its founding institutions, employees and students.  For full access to materials visit us in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room located on the second floor of the Hardcastle Kentucky Building.  Researchers are invited to request information via mail, email and telephone. In order to prove the best care of our collections our stacks are secure and items do not circulate. Please assist us by following the reading room policies. 

Location: Hardcastle Kentucky Building 

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm by appointment only 


  • June 19 Juneteenth
  • July 4 Fourth of July
  • September 2 Labor Day
  • November 5 Election Day
  • November 27-29 Thanksgiving

Contact: 270-745-4793, archives@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 6/6/24