Frequently Asked Questions
Our FAQs are designed to help you learn more about planning your visit and conducting
research in Special Collections and University Archives.
Plan Your Visit
Some of our collections are housed in remote storage, therefore, we recommend that
you Make an Appointment
before visiting to ensure that the materials you need are ready when you arrive.
Due to the rarity, condition, and value of our collections and books, they do not
circulate but may be accessed in our reading room.
In order to preserve our unique collections for future generations, eating, drinking,
and use of tobacco products are strictly prohibited.
Yes! we encourage all of our researchers to bring their laptops. UTC students, faculty,
and staff may check out laptops
at the UTC Library Circulation Desk.
Campus wireless access for personal devices is administered through the UTC Information
Technology Division and is available to current UTC students, staff and faculty. For
assistance with wireless configuration, please visit the UTC NetAccess
page. If you have any questions, please contact the UTC Computer Help Desk at (423)
Yes, but you may take your own digital pictures for study purposes. If you are planning
to publish or broadcast images of our collections, you must apply for permission
Of course! We welcome all researchers. View our Hours and Location
for more information about visiting us.
Search Finding Aids
Finding aids are detailed inventories, registers, indexes, and guides to describe
collections of primary source materials. They provide a comprehensive overview of
a collection's scope and contents. Additionally, they define the conditions under
which a collection may be accessed or copied, explain its provenance, and contain
histories of individuals and organizations connected with the collection.
You should use finding aids to identify which files in a collection will be most useful.
Be sure to record the collection's call number and the file's box number, e.g. MS
001 Box 1, and ask staff in Special Collections & University Archives to pull the
box for you to enjoy in our reading room.
Visit our finding aids
. Enter search terms, conduct an advanced search, or browse by collection title, subject,
Like most special collections and archives repositories, we have a backlog of unprocessed
collections that are not described be a finding aid. We do have finding aids for many
of our collections, and we are striving to have all of our finding aids online as
soon as possible.