The UCO Archives & Special Collections was begun in 1981.
Located on the second floor of the Max Chambers Library the
department is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making
accessible for research, primary and secondary source materials that
document the history of the University, Edmond and other Oklahoma
communities and organizations. Materials in the collection include
books and serials related to the history, literature, and culture of
Oklahoma and the southwest, manuscripts, photographs, works of art,
audio-visual materials and the permanent historical records of the
University of Central Oklahoma. Over the years, the holdings of the
University of Central Oklahomaís Archives and Special Collections
have grown as the result of generous donations of rare and valuable
materials. The Library continues to welcome gifts in order to
enhance the research value of its collections.
Ms. Willard is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but has life
time ties to Oklahoma with her mother being a 5th
generation Oklahoman. She relocated from St. Louis to Oklahoma in
1989 to complete her education. She has worked at the University of
Central Oklahoma since 1991 and has been in her current position as
Director of Archives, Documents and Special Collections at the Max
Chambers Library since 1995. She also serves as a faculty member in
the History and Geography Department teaching courses that support
the Museum Studies Program. Ms. Willard holds a Masterís degree in
History with a Minor in Geography from the University of Central
Oklahoma and became a Certified Archivist in 2008. She served 3
terms on the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board helping many
Oklahoma institutions preserve valuable historical records.
Preserving the past for future generations is her passion.