The Emporia State University Archives contain the official records of the Kansas State Normal School (1863-1923), Kansas State Teachers College (1923-1974), Emporia Kansas State College (1974-1977) and Emporia State University (1977-Present). Included are records and reports of administrative and academic offices, departmental unit records, accreditation reports and supporting documentation, theses and dissertations, publications of the university, and biographical information on members of the university community, including alumni. Records are collected for both active and inactive organizations. Non-print materials such as slides, video and audio tapes, photographs, films and computerized records are also collected. The Emporia State University Archives also collects records and materials of the College of Emporia (1882-1974).
The ESU Archives are organized into hierarchy of Record Groups, Series and Sub-Series based on the creator of the materials. For example, all records created by the Art Department will be found in Sub-Series ESU003.004.001, which is organized within the records related to Academic Affairs (Record Group ESU003) and more specifically in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Series ESU003.004). Likewise, records created by the Admissions Office will be found in Series ESU005.001, which is organized within the records relating to Student Affairs (Record Group ESU005).