Using the Collections
LaBudde Special Collections staff provide collection access (including GLAMA collections) for in-person researchers and respond to email and phone inquiries during regular department hours. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly recommended for large research projects and in-depth reference assistance. Staff retrieve all requested material for researchers to consult on-site in designated research areas.
We provide tours of our facilities (including the famous Robot!) for groups large and small. You can also request a tour as part of your instruction session. Please contact us ahead of time to schedule a tour. A virtual tour is also available:
LaBudde Special Collections virtual tour
We offer three general types of instruction session:
- Introductory session: Teaches students the basics, like where LaBudde Special Collections is located, how to request and use the resources, and exposes the students to distinctive primary sources unique to UMKC and the Kansas City community.
- Research orientation: Provides instruction on in-depth use of LaBudde Special Collections’ finding aids, catalog, and collections. This type of session is typically tailored to a specific course subject or assignment. Our staff is available to collaborate on assignment design.
- Project based session: Offers opportunities for unique research projects ranging from building physical or digital exhibits to transcribing historic documents. These collaborations are generally longer than one class period and require advance planning with a special collections librarian.
Schedule a Session
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If you would like to request duplication services, please email us.