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Special Collections


About Us

What We Do

J. Murrey Atkins Library Department of Special Collections and University Archives is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte region.

What You'll Find Here

Our collections include the personal papers of individuals and families, the records of local organizations, the university's own records, rare and unique books, maps, and oral history recordings. Some of our collections are available online.

Where We Are Located

Everything is available in our Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library, and everyone is welcome. We offer reference help and instruction services.

Our Department's History

The Special Collections department was established in 1973 to care for J. Murrey Atkins 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 library's mission of advancing intellectual discovery by connecting people with knowledge.

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During WWII, letters had to be dispatched in a quick and easy format with...
The Huntersville Colored School opened in 1937 as the only primary...
In December 1773, colonists in Boston threw tea into the Boston Harbor...
 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born...

Special Collections Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Hours on Friday, May 20:
12 noon - 5 pm

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