This resource guide is designed to assist you in locating primary and secondary sources for use in HIS 351/AAS 400, "Black Environmental Freedom Struggles in U.S. History" with Dr. Newfont during Spring semester 2021. Resource categories are broken up by tab, where you can explore research materials, books, and articles. The resources below will walk you through how to search, request, and work with materials from UK's Special Collections Research Center.
Welcome to the world of archival research! Special collections libraries are a special type of library, usually called an archive(s). The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Kentucky is your local gateway to engaging research and scholarship by investigating the past and interrogating the present. The Special Collections Research Center sustains the Commonwealth's memory and serves as the essential bridge between past, present and future. By preserving materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of Kentucky, the SCRC provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and enhance their critical thinking skills. SCRC materials are used by scholars worldwide to advance original research and pioneer creative approaches to scholarship.
Anyone wishing to order digital scans, view SCRC materials, visit the Breckinridge Research Room for in-person use of materials, or use the Breckinridge Digital Studio must first create an SCRC Research Account.
Use your Research Account to request retrieval of SCRC materials so they are ready and waiting for you when you arrive for your appointment. Since most of our collections are stored off-site, we ask that you request materials a minimum of 48 business hours in advance to ensure timely retrieval.
Your Research Account allows you to:
Historical Language Note
You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.
If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.
The green button above opens a pop-up app that will show available appointments. Use can use this green button anywhere it appears in our system to book an appointment in the research room.
Note: If you already have an appointment scheduled and are submitting additional materials requests, you do not need to schedule another appointment. You may submit multiple requests for each appointment.
All visitors to the Special Collections Research Center will be required to:
The doors to the building will be locked. Please ring buzzer upon your arrival, a staff member will let you in at your pre-confirmed appointment time.
A staff member will escort you to the Breckinridge Research Room on the 2nd floor. Elevator use will be one person at a time.