Spencer Research Library

1450 Poplar Lane Lawrence, KS 66045

This neoclassical building, which opened in 1968, honors Kenneth A. Spencer (1902-60), a 1926 graduate who founded the Spencer Chemical Co. and the Midwest Research Institute of Kansas City, Mo. The library was built with a grant from his widow, Helen Foresman Spencer, who attended KU, and the family foundation. It was designed by architect Robert Jenks of Kansas City, a 1926 graduate, and built of white Indiana limestone. Its terrace adjoins Strong Hall to the south.

It houses the University Archives (chancellors’ papers, buildings, athletics, student life; publications, timetables, yearbooks; photographs and videotapes); the Kansas Collection (state and county depository, maps, genealogies, photographs, political literature, books and periodicals); and Special Collections (ancient, medieval, Renaissance, 18th-century, Irish, science and education resources).