The Morse Department of Special Collections supports the teaching, learning and academic research community with access to over a million items in the collection which range from manuscripts, archival records, rare books, photographs, recordings and ephemera.


Consumer movement

The Consumer Movement Archives preserves and documents the history of the consumer movement in the United States. The consumer movement consists of individuals and organizations that advocate for the rights and welfare of consumers, especially when those rights are violated by corporations and governments.



Our cookery collection is the largest collection of its kind that is available at a public university. This collection includes over 38,000 volumes related to cookery dating from 1487 to the present and represents nearly every country or region.


Digital archives

K-State Libraries' digital collections enables the preservation of important historical documents while providing online access to the wealth of knowledge they hold. These valuable resources range from books and primary records to photographs and other visual aids.


Kansas life and culture

The Kansas life and culture collection includes documents and archives that highlight Kansas history, westward expansion, agriculture and rural life. The collection includes over 5,000 boxes of archival materials and printed material dating from 1835 to the present.


Rare books

The Morse Department of Special Collections houses thousands of rare, important, interesting and historically significant books. The rare books collection includes items dating from 1486 through the present day.


The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminate Bible produced in over 500 years. The Morse Department of Special Collections is honored to have a Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible. Our docent program allows us the privilege to bring this work of art into communities across the state.


University archives and history

The university archives is responsible for preserving and making available documentation of the history of Kansas State University, including institutional records, student organizations, student life and culture, faculty contributions and other affiliated organizations.


Morse Department of Special Collections
K-State Libraries
1117 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506

(785) 532-7456