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Archives & Special Collections


Glass with Archives & Special Collections textThe department, which began in 1981, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making accessible for research, primary and secondary source materials that document the history of the University, Edmond and other Oklahoma communities. These resources are available for use by students, faculty, and scholars.

Located on the second floor of the Chambers Library, in room 215, the Archives and Special Collections encompasses materials that due to rarity, fragility, age, uniqueness, unusual format, monetary value, or subject emphasis, the library has elected to place in a secure, monitored, closed stack environment.

These materials include but are not limited to books and serials related to the history, literature, and culture of Oklahoma and the southwest, manuscripts, photographs, works of art, audio-visual materials and the permanent historical records of the University of Central Oklahoma.

While the materials in the Archives and Special Collection do not circulate, they are available for consultation and research in the reading room of the department's facilities. For those unable to visit during our hours of service, other arrangements may be made by contacting the University Archivist.

Over the years, the holdings of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Archives and Special Collections have grown as the result of generous donations of rare and valuable materials. The Library continues to welcome gifts in order to enhance the research value of its collections.

For reference questions, questions about using materials in the collections, request permission to reproduce, or other information contact may be made by:

Phone: 405-974-2882
Fax: 405-974-3874
Email: Nicole Willard at
University of Central Oklahoma
Archives & Special Collections
100 North University Drive
Campus Box 192, Room LIB215
Edmond, Oklahoma, 73034-5209