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* Our collection of unpublished materials are described in finding aids.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

  • Complete Book on the Judgment of the Stars, by ʻAlī ibn Abī al-Rijāl (1485 Erhard Ratdolt edition) — One of the oldest printed books in ZSR’s Rare Books Collection is a Latin translation of Alī Ibn Abī al-Rijāl’s principal scientific work, Kitāb al-bāriʻ fī aḥkām al-nujūm. The text, commonly known as Liber in iudiciis astrorum,  is a treatise on astrological methods by an 11th century Arab mathematician, printed in 1485 by a German printer […]

  • What Are You Working On? — This is Paige, a Special Collections student assistant and Senior here at WFU. Paige has worked in Special Collections since her freshman year. We rely on Paige to do any number of things in our department including writing blog posts, processing collections, and reference desk shifts. In this picture, Paige is rehousing and updating a […]

  • The ABC’s of Special Collections and Archives: D is for… — D is for… Dolmen Press Founded in 1951 by Liam Miller and his wife Josephine Brown, the press operated in Dublin until Miller’s death in 1987. It was founded as a way to provide a publishing outlet for Irish poetry. It heavily featured the work of Irish artists. The scope of the press grew to […]

—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.