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WKU Archives is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Western Kentucky University and its history. The staff greatly appreciates the interest and support of those that visit our facility, use our resources and services, and contribute to the archives growth and development by making monetary gifts and materials donations. Gifts and donations add an important dimension to the ability to process and describe the collection and make more material available to researchers through digitization.
Monetary gifts fund the restoration, preservation and conservation of documents, films, audiotapes, videotapes and photographs. A fund has been created to support the work of the University Archives. If you are interested in supporting this work, please send your donations to:
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd., #11092
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Make checks payable to the Kentucky Library & Museum and write "donation" on the memo line.
Donations of materials are also accepted. These include Western Kentucky University related memorabilia, photographs, postcards, films, student organization records and alumni organization records. Donors should know that WKU Archives:
- does not accept photocopies or digital surrogates; photocopies or digital surrogates may be made for donor upon request;
- reserves the right to choose which items are added to the collection. Materials that are not chosen will be returned to the donor.
- May not make a monetary appraisal of a gift for the use of the donor. If an appraisal is needed, the donor should have one done before the materials are donated. The Archivist will provide the donor with a letter of acknowledgement.
- Can provide limited pickup for large donations when given sufficient advance notice.
Manuscripts / Personal Papers
We are interested in documenting the student experience at WKU.
Commencement Programs - BGBU - 1917-1918; 1920-1923; 1929-1931; 1937; 1944; 1946-1963; Glasgow Normal - 1875, 1878-1879, 1882-1883, 1885-1890; WKU 1920
We need your help in identifying people, events and places in photographs. Check out the collection online, search using the term: unidentified. Use the feedback box to send us information about the photographs.
American Business Journal published by Bowling Green Business University. WKU Archives holds a single issue, Vol. 51, No. July 1924.
BGBU College of Commerce Catalogs published annually by Bowling Green Business University. We need years 1924-1925; 1935-1936, 1938-39, 1944-1945 and 1951.
BGBU Course Catalogs published annually by Bowling Green Business University. We need years prior to 1910, 1911-1914, 1916, 1918-1919, 1921, 1923-1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932-1934, 1936-37, 1938-39, 1940-41-1943-44, 1946-1963
Big Red Line published monthly by the Hilltopper 100 Club. We need the following issues if extant: Vol. 1, No. 2 & No. 10; Vol. 3, No. 1-2 & 7+; Vol. 4, Nos. 8+; Vol. 5, Nos. 1-3 & 6+; Vol. 6, Nos. 4+; Vol. 8, Nos. 7+; Vol. 9, Nos. 8+; Vol. 10, Nos. 7+; Vol. 11, Nos. 3+; Vol. 12, Nos. 1-2 & Nos. 4+; Vol. 13 all issues; Vol. 14, Nos. 1-6 & Nos. 8+; Vol. 15, No. 1 & Nos. 3+.
BUWKY published by students of Bowling Green Business University. We need 1936 issues April, Sept., Oct., & Dec.; 1937 all issues if extant; 1938 issues Jan., March-August; 1939 issues July-August & Oct.-Dec. 1940 issues Jan.-Aug.; 1941 issues Jan.-May; July-Sep. & Nov.-Dec.; 1942 issues March, July-August & Oct.; 1943 issues after March.
College Heights Herald published by WKU Student Affairs. We need Vol. 1, Nos. 2, 9, 11 & 18; Vol. 2, Nos. 7-8; Vol. 3, No. 4; Vol. IX, No. 1; Vol. 70, Nos. 6, 36 & 44
The Contact Sheet published the Student Publications Alumni Association. We need Vols. 1-3; Vol. 4, No. 1; Nos. 3+; Vol. 5; Vol. 6, Nos. 2+; Vol. 7, Nos. 1-3; Vols. 8-14
Faculty Senate Newsletter Vol. 13, Nos. 3-4; Vol. 14, No. 3, Vol. 17, No. 4+, Vol. 18, No. 3, Vol. 19, No. 2+, Vol. 21, No. 3+, newsletters published after 1998
Football Programs 1913-1921; 1922 all except Nov. 24; 1923-1926; 1927 all except Nov. 5; 1928; 1929 all except Oct. 5 and Nov. 2; 1930; 1931 all except Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14; 1932 all except Oct. 1, Nov. 12, Nov. 19.
Football Schedules 1913-1926; 1932
The Fourth Estate published by Sigma Delta Chi. We need Vol. 1, Vol. 2, No. 1; Vol. 7, No. 1; Vol. 8, No. 2; Vol. 9, No. 2 and Vol. 10, No. 2.
Good Ol' BU published by WKU Alumni Association. We need Vol. 2, No. 2; Vol. 3, Nos. 1-3, any additional issues printed.
InSync published by the WKU Student Chapter of NPPA. We have 3 issues Fall 89, Spring 90 and Summer 93.
PR Perspectives published by the WKU Student Chapter of PRSSA. We have Spring 85, Spr/Sum 86, Fall/Win 86, Spr/Sum 88, Winter 90, Fall 91 through Spring 94 and Sept. 96
Red Towel published by the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. We need Vol. 3, Nos. 2+; Vol. 4, No. 1
ROA's Communique published by the Rho Omega Alpha fraternity. We need Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, No. 2+
The Spirit of Leadership published by Alumni Association. We need Vols. 1 and 2, Vol. 4, Nos. 3+; Vol. 5, Nos. 1-2; Vol. 6, Nos. 1-4.
T 'n' T published by students of Bowling Green Business University. We need 1949 issues June-Sept., 1950 issues March, May-November and 1951 issues Jan.-April and any issues published after May 1951 if extant.
Teaching Spirit published by FaCET. We need Volumes 1-21, Vol. 22, Nos. 1-3, 5+, Vol. 23 Nos. 1-3, 7+, Vol. 24+ if extant.
The Topper published by WKU Veterans Upward Bound. We need Vol. 1 all issues; Vol. 4, Nos. 2-4; Vols. 5-7; Vol. 8 Nos. 1-2 & 4; Vol. 9, Nos. 1-2 & 4; Vol. 10, No. 4; Vol. 11, No. 1 & 4; Vol. 12, No. 4; Vol. 13, No. 4 and any issues published thereafter.
Film Restoration Project
WKU Archives houses many films, videotapes and audiotapes which are in need of preservation and transfer to newer formats. Transferring films runs approximately $200 per reel. Once films have been converted to DVD they can be reproduced for patrons at the cost of copying. Contact the WKU Archivist if you would like to make a contribution to the University Archives Fund for this project.
Caveat emptor! - due to the condition of films and older videotapes and audiotapes, we cannot guarantee a successful transfer. Some tapes and films may disintegrate when put into reader/players.
- Athletic Director Multimedia
- Athletic Media Relations Film
- Basketball Multimedia
- Football Multimedia
- University Relations Multimedia
- University Wide Events Multimedia
- Women's Basketball Multimedia
For more information about donating materials to the University Archives, please contact us at email@example.com.