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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) 425-4000.
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, or name.
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.

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