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University Archives

Collections in the University Archives consist of non-current materials that document the administration, people and programs of Wichita State University since its founding as Fairmount College in 1895. The papers of past presidents, administrators and distinguished faculty, publications by and about the University, catalogs, photographs, student newspapers, and the yearbooks chiefly comprise the holdings.

The University Archives are arranged in Record Groups that reflect the origin of the materials and are the major administrative divisions of the overall collection. Within these Record Groups are distinct collections of materials, some of which are further described in detailed finding aids or inventories.

The Archives Classification Guide (.pdf) lists all collections in the University Archives, the contents of which range from numerous boxes to a single document.

To read about the university's history, click here.

Image of Fairmount Hall
Fairmount Hall, c. 1897

Finding aids are available for selected collections in the Record Groups listed below. Some of the finding aids are accessible online (.pdf and .html formats).

Finding aids for other manuscript collections related to the university and/or its history:


Departments and organizations

People. places and events

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