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Rare Books

Browse our collection of books that cover topics ranging from Appalachia and the American South to the Civil War and Chattanooga. The Rare Books collection also houses first editions, signed copies, and fine bindings, including illustrated works imagined by renown artist and UTC alumnus Barry Moser. You will also find books by local authors like Robert Sparks Walker and Emma Bell Miles in addition to books penned by UTC faculty and alumni.

Search Library Resources to discover books. If the location listed is Lupton Library Special Collections (2nd Floor), bring us the call number, and we'll bring out the book for you to enjoy in our reading room.

Cover of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories by Randall Kenan

Fellowship of Southern Writers Collection

We also oversee a collection of books authored by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Founded in 1987 in Chattanooga by a group of nationally-known Southern writers, the Fellowship of Southern Writers is a nonprofit organization which has for its objective the encouragement of literature in the South. They meet every other year in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature. The books in the Fellowship of Southern Writers Collection are housed in the Southern Writers' Room of the library and include many signed first editions.

Cover detail of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

Charles Hubbard Collection

Charles Hubbard, a history professor at Lincoln Memorial University, arranged for UTC to acquire his personal collection of rare books beginning in 2009.  Its scope varies, with books going back to the early 1500s and up to the 20th century.  Of note are first editions of books by Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, and Mark Twain; signed copies of Thomas Hardy and Faulkner tomes, nearly twenty volumes with fore-edge paintings; histories of Great Britain; fiction; early travel books; and theology texts.

Robert E. Lee's signature from Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States

Charles R. & Anne Bachman Hyde Collection

This collection was donated to the university in the early 1950s.  Mrs. Hyde, the daughter of prominent Chattanooga Presbyterian Pastor Jonathan Waverly Bachman, was a local historian and book collection.  Her collection includes over twelve-hundred titles of books focused on the American South, the Civil War, and American history.  Of special note is Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States, written by the father of Robert E. Lee, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee.  This 1869 edition was Robert E. Lee’s personal copy (he also wrote a brief biography of his father for this edition) and bears his signature on a fly-leaf inside the book.

Tymon of Athens from the Second Folio by William Shakespeare

Paul Jordan-Smith Collection

Paul Jordan-Smith was an alumnus of the University from the early 1900s and later became a writer and editor with the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Also a rare book collector, Jordan-Smith donated several books to the University of Chattanooga around the time he returned to give a commencement address in the late 1940s. Of special note are a rare, double fore-edged book, Euripides' Supplices Mulieres, two Shakespearean plays, The Twelfth Night and Tymon of Athens from the second folio, and The Living Librarie, or, Meditations and Observations Historical, Natural, Moral, Political, and Poetical.

The Jabberwocky from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Barry Moser

Barry Moser Collection

Barry Moser, a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumnus, is a world-renowned illustrator and artist, who has provided illustrations or cover art for over three hundred books, including many children’s books and classics.  Some of our Moser-illustrated titles are in a limited, numbered, and signed edition.  The Special Collections & University Archives also holds separate works of art by Mr. Moser, including watercolors and wood-etchings, and wood blocks used in the etchings.

Cover of Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit

Prevost Collection of Civil War Fiction for Young Readers

This growing collection has over five hundred books, some published during the war.  New books and publications added as they are published or become available.  The collection is actively being compiled by former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga English Department head and George Connor Professor of American Literature, Verbie Prevost.

Cover detail of Knapsack and Rifle by Robert W. Patrick

General John T. Wilder Memorial Collection

In the 1950s and 60s, the University of Chattanooga spent over $10,000 on an endowment from the Lilly Foundation of Indianapolis to acquire books relating to the American Civil War.  Eli Lilly (1838-1898) was an Indiana officer during the Civil War, and a member of the 18th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery under the command of Colonel John T. Wilder, also a Hoosier and later a resident and mayor of Chattanooga. The collection consists of regimental histories (mostly Union), battle narratives, personal memoirs of the war, and other Civil War histories, and includes over a thousand titles.

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