Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide open access to rich and inclusive cultural heritage resources that document Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the South as well 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.


Special Collections is a team of three archivists and librarians working in a collaborative environment that stresses a standards-based approach to the acquisition, processing, and digital capture of rare books, manuscripts, and university archives. Special Collections consists of the George C. Connor Reading Room, the Joseph Jackson Visiting Scholar Room, digitization and processing room, and a climate-controlled secure stacks consisting of compact and fixed shelving and flat file cabinets. Special Collections houses more than 3,500 linear feet of  archival material and museum objects in addition to more than 13,000 books and theses. Additionally, Special Collections manages digital repositories powered by ArchivesSpace, CONTENTdm, and Digital Commons by working collaboratively with Library IT and Collections Services as well as campus partners and vendors.