University Archives

On August 24, 1988, Chancellor Frederick W. Obear established the Library as the university's institutional memory, and authorized librarians to "coordinate the acquisition and administration of all records, documents, and reference materials pertaining to the history of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga." The University Archives works toward this goal by preserving and providing access to the administrative records, publications, ephemera, and photographs provided by the university. Included in our collections are records and photographs from UTC's predecessor institutions: 

  1. Chattanooga University (1886-1889)
  2. Grant University (1889-1907)
  3. University of Chattanooga (1907-1969)

There are also some items pertaining to Chattanooga City College, and it's predecessor institution Zion College, which was merged with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1969. 

Please note that a significant amount of our archival material is not yet represented anywhere online. This is especially true when researching the history of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. If you're researching UTC history, Special Collections staff can help you identify pertinent resources. Also note that the University Archives does not retain student records, course work, syllabi, or alumni records.

Title page of the 1911 Mocassin yearbook.

Moccasin Yearbooks

Yearbooks may help you locate old classmates, but they also tell us a lot about student organizations, the physical plant, sports, and events such as Homecoming. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students published the Moccasin yearbook from 1911 to 1991.

To search the full text of all 63 volumes of the student yearbook view the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Moccasin Yearbooks digital collection.


First issue of The University Echo, then called the University Lookout.

The University Echo Student Newspapers

Student newspapers tell us about student life, buildings and landmarks, special events and programs, campus organizations and associations, administrators, and athletics. Use the index to find relevant issues ranging from 1906 to 1988. Visit The University Echo website to search recent articles.

To search the full text of the student newspaper, view the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers digital collection.

University of Chattanooga Charter of Incorporation

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Administrative Records

Administrative records include policy documents, correspondence, budgets, self-study and accreditation reports, financial records, directories, faculty handbooks, newsletters, journals, magazines, athletics programs, alumni publications, and other items created by administrators (e.g. Chancellors, Provosts, and Deans), departments, faculty, and staff.

To search the full text of the historic Board of Trustees meeting minutes, view the University of Chattanooga Board of Trustees Minutes digital collection.

Cover detail from the Grant University Catalog, 1905-1906

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Course Catalogs

Course catalogs provide more than just course offerings and descriptions. They also provide basic data about the university including its regulations, requirements for admission, and facilities. You may access recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga course catalogs online from the 2000-2001 academic year to present from the Registrar or visit Special Collections to see historic catalogs dating back to the 1888-1889 academic year.

To search the full text of historic course catalogs, view the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Course Catalogs digital collection.

Students on the steps of Old Main

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Photographs

Photographs help create a historical record of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's buildings and grounds, as well as events, student life, administrators, faculty, staff, athletics, commencement and convocation ceremonies, and other people and events.