LaBudde Special Collections

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LaBudde Special Collections is made up of manuscript materials that focus on music, especially Kansas City Jazz, women’s and gender studies, and popular culture. LaBudde also includes rare books with a strong focus on Western Americana, especially Kansas and Missouri, music, and more. It is home to the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA).

Research Space
Edgar Snow Reading Room
Interactive Exhibits
Starr Women's Hall of Fame
Digital Exhibits
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Located on the 3rd floor of Miller Nichols Library
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What to expect

Room 326, the reading room for LaBudde Special Collections, is a quiet study area and all library users are welcome. 

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LaBudde Special Collections

Kenneth LaBudde

History of the Library

LaBudde Special Collections was dedicated on September 22, 2002, in honor of Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde (1920-2000), Professor of History, who served as Director of UMKC Libraries from 1950 to 1985. Dr. LaBudde was instrumental in the building of the General Library, dedicated in 1969, and its completion as the Miller Nichols Library, dedicated in 1991. His comprehensive knowledge of history and Americana shaped the department’s foundation collection, the Robert M. Snyder, Jr. Collection. He also selected material for the “Z” Collection, covering fine printing and the book arts, literature, architecture, and landscape design.
Kenneth LaBudde

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

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Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library
The fourth floor of Miller Nichols Library is closed for renovation until Fall 2025.
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