Overview Special Collections & University Archives

J. Murrey Atkins Library Department of Special Collections and University Archives is dedicated to connecting people with the knowledge available in unique and rare resources. We work to preserve and share the history and culture of UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte region.

Our collections include manuscripts (the personal archives of individuals and families as well as those of local organizations), the university's records, rare and unique books, maps, and oral history recordings. Special Collections and University Archives resources are available in the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library, and everyone is welcome. We offer reference help and instruction services. Some of our collections are available online.

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. In 2015, the name of the department was changed to Special Collections and University Archives in order to raise awareness of our role as the stewards of our institution’s records and history.


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.