J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of the Charlotte region.
Special Collections acquires the personal papers of individuals and families, the records of local organizations, and the university's own records, and makes these available for research. Collections
also include rare and unique books, maps, and oral history recordings. We offer instruction and reference services to faciliate the use of our collections.
The Special Collections department was established in 1973 to care for the library's Rare Books and Manuscripts collections and University Archives. The organization of the unit was stimulated by a substantial gift by local businessman, bibliophile and art collector Harry L. Dalton for the purchase of rare books. The department, like the library, is open to the public and shares the University’s mission of advancing intellectual discovery by connecting people with knowledge.