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Pogue Special Collections & University Archives: Home

Homepage for the Murray State University Special Collections & Archives located at Pogue Library.


Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please call ahead to make sure we are not closed due to a special event. Thank you!

Closings and Special Occasions


Due to the COVID-19 Pogue Special Collections & Archives will be closed to the public until further notice. We will still be available via phone and email during regular business hours; or 270-809-6148

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you!

Address Information

Murray State University
200 Pogue Library
Murray, Kentucky 42071

Phone & Fax Numbers

Office (270) 809-6152
(270) 809-4295
FAX (270) 809-6153

E-mail Special Collections

Visitor Parking

Visitor and guest parking permits are free. Visitor parking permits can be requested at If you have any questions please contact the Parking Office at 270-809-4812 or via email at

Multiple violations with no attempt to obtain a visitor permit may result in visitor citations being sent for collection or vehicle being booted/towed at owner's expense.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Department was established in 1968 to serve the needs of its patrons by acquiring and providing access to information about the cultural history of the Jackson Purchase area of southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee. Published and printed regional and county histories, manuscript materials, oral histories and other significantly unique items that support the curriculum of Murray State University are acquired and made available for use by students and researchers.

University Archives

The Archives Department at Murray State University was also established in 1968 to act as the repository for the official and unofficial records that document the history of the university. The Archives serves as the institutional memory of the university and as custodian of the university's historic legacy. The primary objective of the Archives is to appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available university records and related materials of permanent historical value. The Archives also aims to support research, teaching, and public awareness of the rich heritage of Murray State University for students and researchers.

Photo Policies

Thank you for your interest in our beautiful Pogue Library building! Pogue Library's primary role is to serve students, faculty, and the community in their research needs. We understand that our facility is beautiful both inside and out, and makes a great backdrop for special occasion photos. We ask that if you are interested in scheduling photos to be taken in Pogue that you comply with the following:

  • All photos inside the facility must be taken during working hours. We are not staffed to open up evenings or weekends for photography. 
  • Please let us know in advance. We will put up signage indicating your plans so that students won't commit to a space that might be used for your photographs.
  • Please know that research is our first priority. We will do what we can to help you make your photographs beautiful without interrupting our daily tasks.
  • Please refrain from taking photographs of copyrighted images (portraits or other signage) or MSU emblems (such as the shield).
  • Due to the gift agreement, photography in the Pogue War & Diplomacy Room is strictly prohibited.