Kenneth Spencer Research Library
KSRL is the rare books, manuscripts, and archives library of the University of Kansas. The library is home to Special Collections (established in 1953), the Kansas Collection (founded before the turn of the 20th century by the university's first librarian, Carrie Watson), the University Archives (established in 1969), and the Wilcox Collection. The Spencer Research Library was made possible by a generous contribution from Helen Foresman Spencer.
Mrs. Spencer helped design the library for the future, with ample reading rooms, stacks and staff quarters, allowing the university to bring together the previously scattered special collections acquired over its first century and to pursue the growth of the collections and the establishment of new services.