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Special Collections & Archives Special Collections

Browse Special Collections via their descriptive finding aids. Additional information highlights some of our unique special collections.

Special Collections

This page provides direct access to our wide range of Special Collections. Listed is access to our Finding Aids but also immediate access to our Children’s Literature Collections, May Massee Collection, Rare Books, Walter M. Andersen Photo Gallery and Collection, and William Allen White Collection. See information below about each collection and what it offers.

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Children’s Literature Collection


Special Collections and Archives houses several Children’s Literature Collections that represent the history of children’s book publishing and complement the May Massee Collection.

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May Massee Collection


The May Massee Collection contains original artwork, books, correspondence, and other materials related to her career as a children’s book editor.

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Rare Books


This collection houses nearly 600 titles dating from between 1493 to the mid-20th century.

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Walter M. Andersen Collection


The Walter M. Andersen collection contains more than 12,000 photographs, including many historical images of Emporia and Lyon County.

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William Allen White Collection


The William Allen White Collection contains correspondence, photographs, publications, and artifacts from White’s personal life and career as editor of the Emporia Gazette.

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