Kenneth Spencer Research Library

University of Kansas

Kenneth Spencer Research Library is the rare books, manuscripts, and archives library of the University of Kansas. The library is home to Special Collections (established in 1953), the Kansas Collection (founded before the turn of the century by the university's first librarian, Carrie Watson), and the University Archives (established in 1969). The Spencer Research Library was made possible by a generous contribution from Helen Foresman Spencer. The library has numerous collections spanning centuries, and is open to researchers from KU, the region, and the world.