Explore exhibits featuring unique resources housed in Special Collections.


On Display Now

"We Demand an End to Racism!": The Civil Rights Movement in Chattanooga

Howard High School students protesting at the S. H. Kress department store in Downtown Chattanooga in February 1960.

Authored by students in Professor Eckelmann Berghel’s Modern Civil Rights Struggle class in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Department of History in Fall 2018, this exhibit explores the integration in the public schools and UTC, youth activism, Black Power, and white opposition in Chattanooga during the Civil Rights Movement.

Location: George Connor Special Collections Reading Room, LIB 439

Dates: February 1, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Read our Notes on an Exhibition for more details about Chattanooga's Civil Rights legacy.


"A New Institution with a Running Start": Celebrating 50 Years of UTC

Aerial view of the University of Chattanooga, 1960s

Although the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) was established as a legal entity 50 years ago in an agreement between the University of Tennessee and the University of Chattanooga (UC), the roots of the university date back to a private school founded in 1886. The materials in this exhibition illustrate UTC’s growth and development into the vibrant and engaged metropolitan university it is today.

Location: Andrew Roth Grand Reading Room, LIB 402

Dates: January 7, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Online Exhibitions

A "Fiendish Crime" by an "Inhuman Monster": Local Media's Role in the Criminalization of Ed Johnson

On March 19, 1906, Ed Johnson was lynched by a mob for an alleged rape crime on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This exhibit explores the role of the local media in criminalizing Ed Johnson and inciting the violence that led to his murder.

Voice of a Naturalist: Life Lessons from the Writings of Robert Sparks Walker

This exhibit is but a small view into the multi-faceted life of Robert Sparks Walker, presenting personal correspondence, photographs, as well as original poetry and manuscripts that exemplify the effect of his naturalist beliefs on his writing and the Chattanooga community.

Chamberlain Field: A Beautiful Concrete Stadium

Learn about Chamberlain Field, home field to the Mocs football team for nearly 90 years from 1908 to 1997.

The Life and Works of Emma Bell Miles

This exhibit features photographs of the Miles family as well a sample of Signal Mountain artist and naturalist Emma Bell Miles' watercolors, drawings, and short stories.

Physical Exhibitions

Review our past displays.

From Suffrage to Congress: Chattanooga Women at the Polls and in the House

Location: George Connor Special Collections Reading Room, LIB 439

Dates: August 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Training for The Great War: Chattanooga’s Role

Locations: Andrew Roth Grand Reading Room, LIB 402

Dates: August 1, 2018 - January 7, 2018

Chattanooga's Sweet History

Locations: Andrew Roth Grand Reading Room, LIB 402, and George Connor Special Collections Reading Room, LIB 439

Dates: January 1, 2018 - August 1, 2018