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Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 9 - 4*
Building open by appointment Monday & Friday until further notice
Email & Telephone Reference Available

Make an appointment for a limited research visit.

September 6, 2021 - Labor Day
November 24-26 - Thanksgiving

Contact Us

Telephone: 270-745-4793
Email: archives@wku.edu
Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11092
Bowling Green, KY, 42101-1092

Research Appointment: make an appointment



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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 Kentucky Building.  Researchers are invited to request information via mail, email and telephone.  In order to provide the best care for our collections our stacks are secure and items non-circulating.  Please assist us by following the  reading room policies . Click here to  submit a reference request via e-mail  or write to us. Click here to make an appointment to visit the WKU Archives. 

We are happy to assist you during your visit and all researchers are encouraged to consult with the archivist prior to their visit in order to maximize research time. 

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