Special Collections is comprised of several distict collection areas, including local history Manuscripts that document the cultural heritage of the greater Chattanooga area, University Archives materials that tell the story of UTC, and Rare Books that document the history and artistry of printing.


Entry from Leroy Sullivan's World War II diary.


Explore our rich manuscript collections to learn more about local and regional cultural heritage, particularly the intellectual and political history of Chattanooga. Manuscript collections are discoverable in our Finding Aids, which provide detailed inventories of collections as well as contextual information about the creation, provenance, and historical backdrop of our unique materials. 


Chattanooga University students on the steps of Old Main, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga photographs, University Archives

University Archives

Formally established in 1998, the University Archives includes documents this history of UTC and its predecessor instutions dating back to our earliest days as Chattanooga University in 1886. While much of this collection has not yet been added to our Finding Aids, course catalogs, the Echo student newspaper, and Moccasin yearbooks are available online in our Digital Collections. If you are looking for something specific, be sure to use our Ask an Archivist service to learn more about our holdings.

Leaf from the Biblia Latina.

Rare Books

Discover special formats, first editions, fine printings and bindings, signed books, and other published materials of significant value. This collection includes signed and numbered editions of books illustrated by Barry Moser, including the Pennyroyal Caxton edition of the Holy Bible. Our Rare Books are also home to the oldest book in the UTC Library, In Carum Lucretium Poetam Commentarii, which was published in 1514. Find Rare Books using the Quick Search function on the Library's homepage.

Image of 1936 flood in Chattanooga. Cameron Hill and downtown visible.

Chattanooga History Collections

The Chattanooga History Collections are jointly stewarded by the Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Formerly the collections of the Chattanooga History Center, the materials were transferred to CPL and UTC in June 2017.