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Western Kentucky University

WKU Archives

About WKU Archives


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, faculty, staff, students and alumni by preserving and making available to researchers such materials as administrative papers, newspapers, minutes, departmental files, university publications, photographs and memorabilia. Items are being cataloged in KenCat in order to make them more accessible to researchers.  

Use of Archives

WKU Archives is a closed stack, non-circulating collection open to all interested researchers. Researchers are invited to request information via mail, email and telephone calls.  You are invited to visit us in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room located on the second floor of the Kentucky Building. Visitors are asked to register daily with the staff and abide by the reading room policies. Click here to submit a reference request via e-mail or write to:

WKU Archives
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd., #11092
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1092

 *All researchers are encouraged to consult with the archivist 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.

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By the Numbers

  • 50,000+ photos, 12,900+ digitized in KenCat
  • 2500+ cubic feet of records
  • 430+ collection inventories in TopScholar
  • 7700+ digitized items in TopScholar, including SGA, University Senate & Regents records
  • 218,000+ downloads since 2007


Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
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Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
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 Last Modified 7/28/15