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Special Collections & Archives


From May 9 through August 26, the Special Collections & Archives Research Room will be open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. Extended hours may be available for visiting researchers – please contact us for more information.


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* Our collection of unpublished materials are described in finding aids.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

  • The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (1788)Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 1:38 pm — In the fall of 1787 Alexander Hamilton was facing a crisis. The recently concluded Constitutional Convention had been charged with revising the Articles of Confederation to provide a framework for the government of the newly independent United States. But after four months of contentious debate in Philadelphia, the delegates presented to the American public a […]

  • LSTA Baptist Historical Collections project marches onThursday, Jul 28, 2016 1:56 am — Last year, my Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) colleague Rebecca Petersen May announced that we received an EZ Digitization Library Services and Technology Act Grant that dedicated funds to helping SC&A improve online access to nearly 120 manuscript collections that document Baptist church histories in North Carolina. These collections are useful to religious scholars and […]

  • ABCs of Special Collections and Archives: H is for…Thursday, Jul 7, 2016 4:07 pm — This ABC’s of Special Collections blog post was co-authored by Special Collections and Archives intern Brittnee Worthy  H is for… William F. Higson Letter According to the 1961 Wake Forest Alumni Directory William F. Higson was a Wake Forest student from 1835-1836. From Hyde County, North Carolina, Higson’s manuscript collection is made up of one handwritten […]

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


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.