Who may use Special Collections?
Special Collections is open to students, faculty, staff and the greater
What are the hours of operation?
We are open Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Other exceptions will
be posted on our website's general information page.
Are appointments required?
Yes, researchers are required to make appointments at least 24 hours in
advance to use materials held by Special Collections. Making arrangements
in advance ensures we will be able to assist you and efficiently retrieve
materials for your research. Please go to Special
Collections' home page to do so.
Where is Special Collections
Special Collections is located in Room 002 on the lower level of the Ablah
Library building on the Wichita State University campus. View
a floor guide of the Library. Ablah Library is situated near the center
of the campus, and its entrance faces west. View
a map of the campus.
Is parking available?
Yes. Visitors to Special Collections who do not have WSU parking permits may park in the blue and pink lots as shown on this map. The lots shown in pink are metered or free visitor parking areas and are on campus; the lots shown in blue have free parking and are near campus. From the lots shown in blue, visitors may ride the free WSU Shuttle System to campus. View more information concerning visitor parking.
May I check out items from Special
No. All items must be used in the Reading Room during Special Collections'
business hours. The items do not circulate.
May I make photocopies?
The staff in Special Collections will make photocopies of items for research
use only if the items can withstand the stress of copying. We reserve
the right to limit the number of copies made for any patron. Every effort
will be made to respond promptly to requests; however, requests for large
quantities of photocopies will require special arrangements. There is
a charge for photocopies.
How does Special Collections acquire
Special Collections acquires materials through purchase by endowed
funds and donations from alumni and friends of the University.
Can you tell me how much
my old book, etc., is worth?
Special Collections cannot provide appraisals of any materials. We can
provide reference books for you to determine how much similar items have
been offered for as well as names of area book dealers and manuscript
appraisers who may be able to assist you for a fee.
What comprises the University
The University Archives are the non-current records that document
the development and growth of Fairmount College, University of Wichita
and Wichita State University. The papers of past presidents, administrators
and distinguished faculty, publications by and about the University, catalogs,
photographs, student newspapers, and the yearbooks comprise the holdings.
They date from 1895 to the present.
Do you have the syllabus from
a course I once took?
Special Collections does not have syllabi from courses taught at WSU,
University of Wichita or Fairmount College. We have copies of undergraduate
course catalogs dating from the 1895 to the present, and graduate catalogs
from 1926 to the present.
I work on campus and need assistance
with records retention. Can you help me?
On our Web site, we have made available a copy of the state's Record
Retention Schedule. If you have other questions, please contact Special