Special Collections, located on the first floor in Hodges Library, preserves and provides access to rare and unique materials that support instruction and research at the University of Tennessee. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, and digital collections.
Special collections are a great resource for research at any level, undergraduate or graduate. This research guide identifies special collections materials that support English 102 learning outcomes. The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to prominent topics and themes available in our collections.
Many of the resources at Special Collections are primary sources. To learn more, visit the Primary Sources Libguide.
General Resources to Get Started
Many of our collections have been digitized and are available online. Some popular examples include:
University of Tennessee on HistoryPin
University of Tennessee Student Publications
University of Tennessee Theatre Playbills
To see more of our digital collections, please visit our digital collections page.
ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS
Finding aids are used to describe individual collections. Visit SCOUT, our finding aid database, to search for specific collections using keywords or collection numbers. Our archival and manuscript collections are stored offsite. Be sure to request materials no later than 3 p.m. the day before you need the materials. For more information, visit our Research Toolkit for more information on how to get started with your research.
You can search for our rare books in the library catalog. Since most of our books are stored onsite, many of them are available for same-day requests.