Mission and Vision of Archives and Special Collections


Archives and Special Collections collects, organizes, preserves, and makes available for research rare and unique primary and secondary source material, particularly relating to the history and cultural heritage of Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding region, as well as serving as the official memory of the University of Louisville.


Archives & Special Collections exists to support the academic and administrative programs of the University of Louisville and to serve as an internationally recognized repository of primary source materials, with a special commitment to documenting the life of our community. To accomplish this, we seek to:

  • Participate as active and integral partners in meaningful learning, outstanding teaching and effective research by instructing users on the availability and use of information and by tailoring services and resources according to varying needs;
  • Identify, evaluate, select and preserve materials in a variety of formats to develop collections that meet the needs of users and preserve our cultural heritage;
  • Apply technology, research and instructional innovations to enhance services and access to our traditional and electronic collections;
  • Create a physical environment that encourages creativity and exploration – a place where people choose to work, interact with scholars of the past and present, rediscover old ideas and form new ones;
  • Build an atmosphere of trust, support and encouragement among all members of the university community, supporting intellectual freedom and each individual’s right to privacy;
  • Play a key role in the university’s accountability to the citizens of the Commonwealth through highly respected open records and records management programs.