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.

University archives also preserves the history of diversity at K-State through the papers of groundbreaking K-State figures, including George Washington Owens and Minnie O. Howell, the first African American man and woman, respectively, to graduate from K-State. We also hold the history of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the first chapter west of the Mississippi River of the historically African American fraternity.

Records management

Our staff can provide information on best practices, help create new or revise retention schedules, help organize transfer of records to the university archives and provide training on records management.

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Topics and scope

University archives includes material with significant historical, legal, administrative or fiscal value. We also collect records and papers of student groups, affiliated organizations and faculty that document K-State’s organizational, intellectual and social history.

Collections include photographs, documentation of events and records from numerous campus units that include presidential records dating from the 1870s to the present.

For more information about this collection contact Ryan Leimkuehler.


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