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Special Collections

Special Collections collects and preserves manuscripts, books, and other items about various aspects of Kansas history. Researchers are welcome to use these resources during operating hours and following the Special Collections circulation and usage policy.

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The Collections

  • C Collection
    Rare books in the "C" collection are located in both the Special Collections room and the Center for Ethnic Studies. These books were removed from the general collection to more secure areas because of their physical condition, age, or value. Materials are not allowed to be checked out.  
  • Western Collection
    If you like researching or reading about Kansas, then you will feel at home here. This collection contains fiction and nonfiction material about Kansas and the American West. Topics include railroads, the cattle trade industry, cowboys, Native Americans and frontier life. The Elmer and Eartha Pugh Trust Fund provides a wonderful opportunity for us to add new materials to the Western Collection. Their generosity is appreciated. For resource suggestions about Western History, view this bibliography of some Primary Sources in the Western Collection. 
  • Graduate Theses  
    The Graduate Theses collection has one copy of each thesis written by master's degree candidates from Fort Hays State University. A second copy is available for circulation from the general collection, but there are several second copies in the Western Collection due to their topic.  
  • Fort Hays Genealogy Society Collection 
    This collection consists of periodicals, books and newsletters owned by the Fort Hays Genealogical Society. Patrons are welcome to use these sources and members of the Society can check these items out.  
  • Cecil B. and Laura G. Currey Archive of Military History
    Dr. Cecil B. Currey, a noted military history expert and FHSU alumnus, donated his personal papers and library of military history to Forsyth Library. The collection, dedicated in 1997, contains items on the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. Correspondence, memorabilia, telegrams, photographs, declassified Army documents, and transcripts of interviews are among many things that are a part of this distinctive collection. 
  • William D. Pashchal World War II History Collection
    Dr.William D. Paschal, a retired dentist from Wichita, Kansas, donated this collection to the archive of military history in 1998. It contains books, declassified government documents, maps, photographs, and other materials focusing on World War II. Materials about Edmund Pfannenstiel, a Munjor native, are also included. Dr. Paschal and Mr. Pfannenstiel served time in the same German prison camp, Stalag IX B, located in Bad Orb, Germany. Dr. Paschal later recommended Mr. Pfannenstiel for the Distinguished Service Cross.    

Genealogical Research

Bibliography of Interest   
A bibliography of genealogical materials for Hays and Ellis County available in the Special Collections room and the Center for Ethnic Studies. It was first compiled in 1999 by Judith Salm; it was updated in 2016 by Patty Nicholas. 

FamilySearch Affiliate Public Library
As a FamilySearch Affiliate Public Library, Forsyth Library offers privileges to limited-access FamilySearch databases from the computers that are located in Forsyth Library. There are some limitations and we do not have all the privileges of the local Family History Center which is located at 2901 Canal Boulevard in Hays.

Visiting Special Collections

  • Hours: 
    Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location: 
    Forsyth Library - Room 112
    Fort Hays State University
    Hays, Kansas 60601

Contact Special Collections

If you are interested in donating materials to Special Collections, please contact Patty Nicholas, Library Specialist, and refer to the  Special Collections Development and Gifts Policy.

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