UMKC Digital Special Collections provides for the discovery, access and use of digitized materials held in the LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives of the University of Missouri – Kansas City University Libraries. In addition, select materials from UMKC's Leon E. Bloch Law Library are made available through this site. These materials are intended for the broader research community and are therefore made publicly available whenever possible. In certain cases, access may be restricted due to copyright, licensing, or other concerns. LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives both provide digitization services, including image reproductions and audio duplication. All requests are governed by department policies and fees, applicable copyright laws, and any other restrictions on specific collection materials.

UMKC Digital Special Collections is built upon the Islandora open-source software framework. Islandora combines Drupal (content management system), Fedora (digital asset management architecture), and Solr (enterprise search platform) to provide a comprehensive platform for managing, delivering, and accessing digitized materials. UMKC Digital Special Collections is maintained in collaboration with the MERLIN Digital Projects Committee, which provides oversight for digital projects among the four campus libraries of the University of Missouri. Development of UMKC Digital Special Collections is made possible by a grant provided by the Martha Jane Starr Field of Interest Committee. Programming support is provided by Discovery Garden, Inc. and the University of Missouri Library Systems Office.