This growing collection has over five hundred books, some published during the war. New books and publications added as they are published or become available. The collection is actively being compiled by former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga English Department head and George Connor Professor of American Literature, Verbie Prevost.
Explore books authored by University of Chattanooga and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumni, including fantasy writer Cherie Priest, author and illustrator Barry Moser, and football star Terrell Owens.
Explore books published by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga faculty ranging from political science and history to chemistry and literature. Faculty are encouraged to donate signed copies of their books to Special Collections to preserve their scholarly contributions to the university and their field of study.
In the 1950s and 60s, the University of Chattanooga spent over $10,000 on an endowment from the Lilly Foundation of Indianapolis to over 1,000 titles relating to the American Civil War. Eli Lilly (1838-1898) was an Indiana officer during the Civil War, and a member of the 18th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery under the command of Colonel John T. Wilder, also a Hoosier and later a resident and mayor of Chattanooga. The collection includes regimental histories (mostly Union), battle narratives, and personal memoirs of the war.