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General records from the University of Kansas

 Record Group
Call Number: RG 0


This record group includes records that are general to the University of Kansas as a whole. These records span most of KU’s history and cover a wide range of topics. In particular, RG 0 contains building and campus records, scholarship records, records from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and visitor records.


  • Creation: 1860s-2022


Conditions Governing Access

Some series in this record group will require permission from the office of origin before use. Personnel and student records, architectural drawings, and legal files are closed in accordance with applicable law. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


348.5 Linear Feet (608 boxes + 24 oversize boxes, portions of several oversize boxes, 60 volumes, 396 oversize folders, 4 rolls)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Much of this record group involves records of the buildings and campuses of the University of Kansas. Architectural drawings for individual buildings, due to the potential access restrictions to those specific records, have been separately described. Campus maps and site plans describing the location and layouts of new developments are sometimes interfiled with the building plans but also are often separated--those that are separated are found in this finding aid. Similarly, RG 0 also contains maps of locations on the KU campus. These kinds of drawings and maps may also be closed due to security issues surrounding public buildings.

Textual records of buildings on the KU campus are also included. These records especially include news releases and correspondence about construction and renovation projects on campus. The record group contains extensive photographic documentation of both the interiors and exteriors of buildings on the KU campus. These photographs show the development of the KU campus and were created both by the Lawrence Journal World and by University of Kansas staff. RG 0 contains records about scholarships at KU. These records include scholarship applications and lists, as well as photographs of scholarship recipients. Applications and other specific information from students may be restricted from access. While the School of Medicine has its own record group, as well as its own archives at the Kansas City, Kansas campus, RG 0 does hold some records from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Most of these documents are copies of administrative records, especially reports and correspondence about the Med Center, as well as news releases and other general information about the School. Many of the remaining records include information about events at the University of Kansas, especially records of visitors to the KU campus. These records take the form of visitor guest books and announcements, as well as photographs and other records from the events themselves. The records pertain to a wide array of events on campus, including lectures and annual events such as commencements and convocations, as well as notable anniversaries of KU's formation, such as the centennial in the 1960s. Because RG 0 holds records not belonging to any other record group, it also contains documents about many other subjects. Many of these subgroups were compiled by University Archives or KU Libraries staff. Frequently these materials are news releases and other records about subjects lacking sufficient documentation to have their own separate record group. Some of these records may overlap with records from other groups (for example, records in 0/22/131, the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, may overlap with records from RG 34, also the Spencer Museum of Art).

Physical Location

RG 0

Other Finding Aids

Architectural drawings, due to the distinct nature of the formats and because of separate access restrictions, have been separately described and can be found in Spencer Research Library's finding aid system by searching for "General records from the University of Kansas - Architectural drawings."


University Archives continues to add material to this record group on a regular basis. This inventory was accurate as of fall 2022.

Related Materials

Serials, audiovisual materials, and artifacts for this record group may be found at the same record group (RG) number.

Records in this record group may overlap with those records found in specific Schools or other units or departments within the University of Kansas. Many of the building records in RG 0 are for buildings and departments that have their own separate record groups, such as the engineering buildings or Chancellor’s mansion. Because so many of the subgroups in RG 0 were artificially created or compiled by University Archives staff, RG 0 also contains records that may relate to other record groups. Almost all these overlapping records are news releases from the 2000s and 2010s.

Guide to the General Records of the University of Kansas
General records from the University of Kansas
Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2006. Finding aid encoded by jtf, 2006. Finding aid revised by lmb, 2011; jb and mwh, 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the inventorying of this record group was provided by the G. Baley Price Spencer Research Library Fellowship Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
General records from the University of Kansas, University Archives, RG 0, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Completed updated inventory, jb

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States