Research Assistance


  • Our Quick Reference Guide contains basic information on the KSU Archives, our collections, and conducting archival research. For detailed instructions on using our online catalog and digital collections, see our Guide to Searching and Browsing the KSU Archives and Special Collections.

  • Use our Service Request Form to submit a research question or a request for assistance to the University Archives and Special Collections staff. When filling out the form, provide as much detail as possible regarding the request, such as full names of individuals or organizations, relevant geographic locations, and dates or date ranges.  

  • Our processed collections have been organized, reviewed for confidentiality and privacy concerns and copyright restrictions, described, housed in preservation-appropriate containers, and have a record (finding aid) in the Archives online catalog

    To inquire about research with any of these collections, please place a Service Request including as much of the following information from the online catalog as possible:    

    • Collection title  
    • Collection ID number  
    • Box and/or folder number in which the content is located  

    Unprocessed collections are those that are in the same condition and order as when they were received by the Archives. Many of these have a minimal record in our online catalog. Users may also inquire as to whether the Archives holds any unprocessed collections relating to KSU, SPSU, or individuals and organizations in north and northwest Georgia that may be relevant to their research. 

  • Please schedule an appointment with an archivist in advance of any visit, preferably two days or more in advance. Visit our Service Request Form to schedule an appointment.

  • Visit our Archives and Special Collections Subject Guide to browse for collections and resources relating to specific topics like African American history, Architecture & Surveying, Fine Arts, LGBTQ history, and more.