Special Collections

Current Services

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Special Collections is closed to the public in an effort to support Library efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. Despite limited access to our physical materials, we continue to provide access to archival materials through our digitized resources in CHC OnlineUTC Digital Collections, and UTC Scholar. We are offering reference services and consultations online, and we continue to provide high resolution copies of our digital material through our copy services. If you have questions, please email us at archives@utc.edu

Beginning August 10, 2020, Special Collections will be open to campus visitors with a valid Mocs Card and community researchers by appointment during our hours of operation. Learn more about our COVID-19 operating procedures on our FAQ.

Volunteer Online

If you'd like to contribute to Special Collections, consider transcribing unique documents to improve the ability to search and read handwritten content in our Digital Collections. Learn more about Virtual Volunteer Opportunities.

New Here? Take a Tour. Discover primary sources including photographs, oral histories, manuscripts, and records that document the University, Chattanooga, and the Tennessee Valley.

Luton Library card catalog, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga photographs

Conduct Research

Search our specialized databases and catalogs to find relevant resources for your research project. Refer to our FAQ for more information about these discovery tools.

Finding Aids

Use our descriptive inventories of manuscripts, administrative records, photographs, and ephemera to find and request access to relevant primary sources.

Digital Collections

Search our digital holdings for full-text versions of our most popular resources, including oral histories, photographs, student publications, and other material.

CHC Online

Find a representative sample of materials in the Chattanooga History Collections, including photographs, political cartoons, and newspaper clippings.

UTC Scholar

Search theses, journals, original research, and creative works produced by UTC students, faculty, and staff.

Search Rare Books

Search rare books and published material housed in Special Collections.

Fletcher Library, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga photographs

Request Services

Take advantage of our services, which are free and open to members of the UTC community and the general public.

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