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Special Collections: A Quick Overview

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The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections acquires, preserves and provides access to a rich array of historic materials. More than one million items – manuscripts, rare and unique books, photographs – serve the diverse research needs of scholars, casual researchers and learning communities.

Located on the Fifth Floor of Hale Library, Special Collections serves as a vital epicenter for primary research at K-State, and is open to the public. If you have a research need, consider planning your visit in advance, which can allow our archival staff time to pull pertinent items and give you the best experience while respecting your time. 


Q: I think my relative attended Kansas State University. How can I find a photograph or other information?

A: Kansas State University yearbooks are digitized and available through the Internet Archive.

Simply locate the Royal Purple for the year you think your relative attended K-State, then search the issue. If there are no results, try other years.  If again, there are no results, contact Morse Special Collections at Your relative may have attended a different institution or have been enrolled in a short course or extension program. To confirm dates and degrees, it is best to contact the Office of the Registrar,


Q:   What is the oldest item in Special Collections?

 A:  The oldest items in our archives are incomplete materials. They include Dante, a single leaf from La Commedia (Venice, 1477), St. Thomas Aquinas, a single leaf from Cantena Amea (*1470, Rome), and Nicolas de Lyra, a single leaf from Pastillae Super Biblian cum Additionibus (1472, Strausburg).

The oldest complete materials in our archives are somewhat younger. They include Oratio Antonii Geraldini (call number PA8520.G4 O63 1486), Sermanes Thesauri Novi de Sanctis (call number BX1756.P2 1488), Missale Ordinis Saneti Benedicti (call number BX2015.9.B9 1498 Oversize), and Platina Cookbook (1487).


More questions? Feel free to contact the Dept of Special Collections at by phone (785-532-7456) or email

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