University Archives Hours

University Archives

The University Archives is the official repository for records of permanent administrative value created by the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, and for materials of historical value related to university functions. The University Archives supports UMKC’s teaching, research, service, and administrative activities by collecting and managing archival, manuscript, audiovisual, electronic, print, and object collections related to the university’s history and traditions. The archives also document prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters’ careers and activities. Records in University Archives date from 1895, beginning with the Lincoln and Lee University movement to establish a university in Kansas City, to the present. The archives’ mission is to ensure both current and future researchers will have access to UMKC historical resources to understand and interpret the university’s history and campus experiences.

Edgar Snow Reading Room
Reading area in room 326
Students at Scofield Hall
First class of students enrolled at the University of Kansas City
Volker Campus
Aerial view of the campus in the 1940s
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History of the Archives

The UMKC University Archives was formally established in 1977 as an independently administered unit reporting to the Office of the University Provost. In 2014, University Archives relocated physically and administratively to the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Division, moving its operations to the Miller Nichols Library.

What to expect

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

This week's hours

University Archives

Scope of Holdings

Documents

Official records, catalogs, and publications from any unit of the University

Instructor examining archival material

Personal and professional papers of faculty and faculty publications

Magazines

Records and publications of University affiliated organizations

Oral histories, films, photographs and negatives

Yearbook

Records of student organizations, papers and publications

scrapbook

Scrapbooks and news clipping relating to the activities, events, and history of the University

Notable Collections

Edgar Snow with Chairman Mao

Edgar Parks Snow Papers

Personal materials and items from various Snow contemporaries.
Dedication, 1933

Lincoln and Lee University Movement

Material related to the predecessor to the University of Kansas City.

 
Doctor examines child patient

Professional Schools (Law, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Conservatory of Music)

Material prior to their mergers with the University.

 
Portrait of E. Grey Dimond

E. Grey Dimond

Personal and professional papers of the Provost of the School of Medicine and Special Consultant to the Chancellor, and of his wife, Mrs. Mary Clark Dimond.

Kenneth LaBudde

History of the Archives

The UMKC University Archives was formally established in 1977 as an independently administered unit reporting to the Office of the University Provost. In 2014, University Archives relocated physically and administratively to the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Division, moving its operations to the Miller Nichols Library.

Kenneth LaBudde