The Special Collection is a collection of about 2,400 published items, mostly books, concerning the history of Nebraska, the Plains, and the West. Some of the items are rare and many of them are irreplaceable.

The Archives cares for and provides access to materials related to the history of the university, as well as the history of education and of central and western Nebraska.

More information on UNK Archives and Special Collections is available here.

Statement on Harmful Material: Materials in UNK Archives and Special Collections are historical in nature and reflect the society in which they were produced. As such, they may contain racial, gender, sexual, religious, and other language and imagery that are offensive by today's standards. The documents, images, publications, and other materials have been retained in order to fully represent the materials in their original format. If the offensive text is not in the original, but in a finding aid, catalog record, or other description created by library employees, please contact Archives and Special Collections to bring this to our attention. Archives & Special Collections is guided by the core values of the Society of American Archivists. If you have questions about this statement or about Archives and Special Collections’ work, we welcome your feedback. Please contact us at or 308-865-8593.


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Air Applicator Information Series

Country School Legacy


Special Collections

Students in Service

Underground Newspapers