Special Collections houses, preserves, and provides access to historical items and collections, particularly those that relate to the University, Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the South.

Illustration of Brainerd Mission


Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide open access to rich cultural heritage resources that document Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the South including the history of the University. Special Collections makes these resources available to the UTC community, Tennesseans, and the larger community of scholars and independent researchers. We provide resources and services that support teaching and learning at the University.

Chattanooga map, 19th Century Chattanooga illustrations and maps

Hours and Location

View our hours and find out our how to get here.

  • Monday: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed


John T. Wilder to Martha Wilder, May 12, 1863

Terms and Conditions

Read up on the following terms and conditions for using Special Collections resources:

  • Conducting Research
  • Accessing Collections
  • Handling Materials

Title Page of A Thomason Sketchbook: Drawings

Permissions and Copyright

Find more about Permissions and Copyright, especially how the law applies to you and your research. Our brief guide covers the following:

  • Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Commercial Use
  • Privacy, Publicity, and Third Party Rights

If you're planning to Publish, Broadcast, or Quote from our collections, complete an application.

Emma Bell Miles oil painting

Gifts and Donations

Special Collections welcomes gifts of books, manuscripts, and other materials that are deemed to be within the scope of its collection.

Library stacks in Fletcher Hall.

Collection Development

It is the duty of the Head of Special Collections and the Dean of the Library to seek out, consider, and accept items for inclusion in our holdings. Items falling into the scope of the collections areas defined below will be given serious consideration, and items outside the scope will be considered on an individual basis:

  • Manuscripts and Personal Papers
  • Rare Books
  • University Archives
  • Archives of the Fellowship of Southern Writers


Chattanooga First Presbyterian Church Manual and Directory, 1910Staff Directory

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