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Special Collections & University Archives

Everyone is welcome to come to the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library, where you can learn about the history of the University and the Charlotte region and use our rare book collection. Here you will also find unique and rare primary source materials including personal papers, institutional records, local government documents, historic maps, photographs, oral history interviews, newspapers and other periodicals.


Architecture Library

The Charles C. Hight Architecture Library is located on the second floor of Storrs Hall (Storrs 200). It is the only branch library at the University. The primary focus of the collection is 20th & 21st century design, architects, and the built environment. The Library collection includes: books, audio visuals, periodicals, graduate thesis documents, drawings & plans. The Library operates under the policies of Atkins Library. To view Architecture Library Hours, please click here.



Here you can find many of our oral history interview recordings as well as the Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photographs collection. Built on the Islandora platform, Goldmine serves as a digital repository for both the long-term preservation of unique digital resources and access to them.


Digital Special Collections

Here you will find digital versions of many of the collections of manuscripts, publications, photographs, and postcards that are held in Special Collections.


New South Voices

This website provides access to more than 700 transcripts of interviews, narratives, and conversations documenting life in the Charlotte, NC region in the twentieth century, including the experiences and language use of recent immigrants to the area. Many transcripts are accompanied by audio recordings.


Historical University Yearbooks, Newspapers, and Course Catalogs

These are available through Digital NC, the website of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, a statewide digitization and digital publishing program housed in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Archival Finding Aids

Special Collections and University Archives at Atkins Library acquires, preserves, and provides access to personal papers and organizational archives that document the development of the Charlotte, NC, area and the diverse histories that make the region unique. Online guides to our current holdings of these unpublished materials are available for online browsing and keyword searching.


Government Documents

These include local, state, and federal government publications that provide a wealth of information and data compiled by these three levels of government. Some of the highlights are:

Federal documents: information about census and demographics, law, current and past legislation, education, crime, countries, human rights, statistics, history, healthcare, economic data and more.

North Carolina documents: information on history, education, agriculture, transportation, crime, law and legislation.

Local documents: Charlotte history, neighborhoods, city planning, budgets, education, and minutes for city council and county commission meetings.

Printed government documents are shelved on the 3rd floor and others are online. Government documents can be found by searching the library catalog.


Visualizing Science

The J. Murrey Atkins Library's exhibit and competition, Visualizing Science: Microscopic Images from UNC Charlotte, highlighted the important role of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in scientific advancement. The physical exhibit was converted to an online exhibit and formatted for screen readers, which may be used by the visually impaired.