About Us

Secure Storage Since 1959

Underground Vaults & Storage specializes in secure records and asset storage and management. UV&S serves national and international clients representing numerous industries including healthcare, legal, financial, insurance, cultural, oil/gas, entertainment, and government.

Our History

For 60 years, Underground Vaults & Storage has operated as a service-oriented records storage company. We provide all services required when using offsite storage for paper and media, multiple IT services, and secure destruction. UV&S strives to accommodate every client’s need for specialized procedures with their records & information management program.

Founded by a group of Wichita, Kansas businessmen who foresaw the need for a secure location to protect and manage information, UV&S incorporated on June 11, 1959. Numerous sights nationwide were evaluated and the salt mine in Hutchinson, Kansas, was selected. Factors including, but not limited to, the geographically central site, the security and environment inherent in a mine 650 feet below the earth’s surface, and the unlimited space this active mine could provide for expansion and business development made it their first choice. Known in the industry as an early entrant in the offsite records management field, UV&S is still a privately owned and operated company. Many of the original families continue in the management and direction of our company.

With over a half-century of established business practice, we have grown from our flagship salt mine facility to multiple facilities in four states and the United Kingdom. Growth came by opening new records centers and destruction facilities and through acquisitions.

  • 1959 Hutchinson, Kansas – The Salt Mine
  • 1985 Topeka, Kansas
  • 1986 Kansas City, Missouri – Limestone Mine
  • 1987 Wichita, Kansas
  • 2001 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2003 Louisville, Kentucky – Limestone Mine
  • 2014 Document Resources acquisition, 4 facilities in Kansas
  • 2016 Concergent IT acquisition, Secure Data Center located in Wichita, Kansas
  • 2018 DH Media Solutions acquisition, 3 facilities in the United Kingdom
  • 2019 Corner Post Holdings acquisition

Our three underground facilities located in Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky, as well as our London facilities specialize in film storage for the movie industry.

With each new facility and acquisition, UV&S is strengthened to continue growing by adding new products and services that help our clients solve their business problems. We stand ready to meet your needs with our mix of underground and above ground storage facilities, data center and IT services, NAID AAA certified destruction services, a wholly owned fleet of transportation vehicles, and well-proven procedures and technology.

Kansas Underground

Salt Museum

SALT – Egyptian mummies were preserved with it, Roman soldiers were paid with it, battles have been fought for it, humans can’t live without it.

We proudly support the new Kansas Underground Salt Museum, located in Hutchinson, Kansas. Operated by the Reno County Historical Society, it is unlike any other museum in the United States.

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Visitors to the salt museum enjoy a trip 650 feet below ground where they board a tram that takes them to over 100,000 square feet of galleries. The galleries tell the story of salt, salt mining, and storage within the mine. Patterned after salt museums in Wieliczka, Poland and Hallstatt, Austria, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum is the only museum that exists in a working salt mine anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.

For those who are concerned about claustrophobia, the mine is among the largest in the world, with ceilings ranging from 10 to 17 feet in height. The rooms within the mine are very large, ranging in size from 2,500 to 15,000 square feet. In fact, if you lined up each room end to end, the mine would stretch for more than 67 miles!

What will you see? The astounding and fascinating story of salt from the geological formation of this precious mineral to the 14,000 different uses of salt in contemporary society. Through a series of interactive, hands-on galleries that address such topics as health science, geology, mining techniques, history, culture, and the multiple ways salt mines are being used today, you will come to understand and appreciate how important salt is to humanity. Did you know that wars have been fought for salt? Did you know that governments have been funded by the tax on salt? Did you know the construction of the Erie Canal was financed by taxes on salt? Indeed, the story is far more complex than most realize.

Other amenities at the Kansas Underground Salt Museum include classroom spaces for school tours, an adult education center for Elderhostel and other events, a conference room, food court, and a traveling exhibit gallery designed to host major traveling exhibits. The mine averages a comfortable 68 degrees F and 40% relative humidity year-round, making it a very comfortable experience.