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Special Collections & Archives will be closed for Winter Break starting Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 and will reopen Monday, January 5th, 2015. Please note: researchers are required to schedule an appointment three business days in advance of their intended visit for materials to be retrieved.

Welcome

Special Collections & Archives is open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM, with the exception of university holidays listed in the library calendar. We are located on the 6th floor of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. If you need assistance, please visit the Special Collections & Archives Research Room, Room 625. Note: Appointments are required for visiting researchers.

Interested in our collections? Explore our Popular Collections.

Begin Your Research

Use our online catalog to search for Special Collections materials (including Special Collections, University Archives, Rare Books, NC Baptist Historical Collection). Also, you can browse our Finding Aids* online or search by keyword below:

* Our collection of unpublished materials are described in finding aids. A finding aid provides information about a collection as a whole.

From Our Blog

  • A Token of My Affection: 19th Century Christmas Annuals — If you were a holiday shopper in the 1830s, one item on your list might well have been an annual gift book—an anthology of illustrations, poems, stories, and essays, in an affordable but decorative binding. Several examples of 19th century holiday gift books are now on exhibit in the ZSR Library Special Collections & Archives […]

  • Modern American Cookery, by Prudence Smith (1835) — Modern cooks have it easy. If our Thanksgiving preparations go awry, we have shelves of books to consult for advice, not to mention Google, or, as a last resort, the Butterball hotline. Preparers of the original 17th century feast would have had to rely on oral traditions and perhaps a few handwritten “receipts,” which tended […]

  • How does Home Movie Day work? — We’re counting down the days to the first ever Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day! How does Home Movie Day work? We’re glad you asked! The Details WHAT: 2014 Piedmont Triad Home Movie Day WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 1:00–5:00 p.m. WHERE: Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (Room 404), Wake Forest University WHO: Sponsored by Wake Forest […]

—For more, read our Special Collections & Archives blog.

Visiting?

Visitors coming from outside Winston-Salem are strongly encouraged to contact us in advance for information on availability of resources. Information about Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Wake Forest campus, including driving directions, is available on the library web site.

If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.