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Special Collections

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There are a number of different collections within this room. Researchers are welcome to use the collections anytime that the room is open.

  •  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.  
  • 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 Viet Nam 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.   

Related Information

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. 

Bibliography of some Primary Sources in the Western Collection
A bibliography of sources of western history found in the Western Collection of Forsyth Library.

Online Exhibitions 
The archives and special collections at Forsyth Library are enhanced by web-accessible exhibitions created by librarians, archivists, and program specialists. Showcasing select collections, these exhibitions contextualize their photos, documents, and other materials offering themed narratives.

Special Collections Policy - Development and Gifts
Forsyth Library Special Collections Policy for development and gift acceptance approved in 2018.

FamilySearch Affiliate Public Library
As a FamilySearch Affiliate Public Library, we offer 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. It is important to note that the affiliate library also does not provide access to the Family History Center Portal which can be accessed at the Family History 


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