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.
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.
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
Read up on the following terms and conditions for using Special Collections resources:
- Conducting Research
- Accessing Collections
- Handling Materials
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.
Special Collections welcomes gifts of books, manuscripts, and other materials that are deemed to be within the scope of its collection.
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
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