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Special Collections

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Black Emporia Collection

Black Emporia: Interpretations and Connections Collection

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Children’s Literature Collections

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

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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