Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide equitable access to rich and inclusive cultural heritage resources that document Chattanooga, the Tennessee Valley, and the southeastern United States as well as the history of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


The Special Collections unit of the Library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the repository for university’s collections of manuscripts, university records and publications, rare books and maps, theses and dissertations, and other archival material. The repository supports a wide range of researchers including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, members of the community, and other scholars whose work relies on primary source materials.

Special Collections is a team of four 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, 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.