Forsyth Library’s Special Collections is the repository for rare books as well as books, manuscripts, records, publications, media, images, and other materials documenting the historical, commercial, agricultural, educational, and cultural heritage of Central and Western Kansas and the larger Great Plains region. In addition, repository collections include materials documenting the histories of individuals connected to historic Fort Hays, Fort Hays State University, and the surrounding community.

Available here are finding aids describing many of the collections in this repository as well as finding aids for the University Archives. Finding Aids are tools to assist researchers in gaining access to and understanding archival materials. A finding aid provides context for a collection and usually includes historical and/or biographical information, acquisition and provenance information, the scope of the collection (including size, subjects, and media), as well as organization and arrangement, including inventory of series and folders.

Forsyth Special Collections are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. For additional information about Special Collections, please contact Patty Nicholas or Brian Gribben.

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Submissions from 2017

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Ava Spencer Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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Cecil B. and Laura G. Currey Archive of Military History, Forsyth Special Collections

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Dana Chwan Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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Donna Malsom Library, Forsyth Special Collections

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Dorman Lehman Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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Edmund Pfannenstiel Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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J. C. Jones Stamp Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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Lawrence E. Osswald Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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Marty Comer Papers, Forsyth Special Collections

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Susan Bastion Thisler Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

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The Moore Papers, Forsyth Special Collections

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William D. Paschal Collection, Forsyth Special Collections

Submissions from 2016

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Dr. James L. Forsythe Collection, 1809-1994, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Dr. James L. Forsythe Papers, 1867-2002., Fort Hays State University Archives

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Dr. Jerry R. Choate Papers, 1965-2009, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Dr. Lee Pendergrass Papers, 1979-1981, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Dr. Lyman D. Wooster Papers, 1862-1959, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Dr. Raymond L. Welty Papers, 1870-1963, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Fort Hays Kansas State College: Memorial Union Scrapbooks, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Martha A. Dirks Papers, 1952-1992, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Miss Ernestine Fields Papers, 1916-1974, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Mr. Henry Edward and Mrs. Clara Malloy Papers, 1892-1973, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Mr. Jack Heather Papers, 1969-1972, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Mr. James R. Start Papers, 1920-1966, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Myrl V. Walker Papers, 1915-1984, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Nancy Vogel Special Collections, 1923-2014, Fort Hays State University Archives

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Sternberg Family Papers, 1810-2009, Fort Hays State University Archives