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Special Collections & Archives

* Special Collections and Archives will be closed for Freshman move-in day on Friday, August 21st until 1pm. We will open at 1pm and close at 5pm that day. Please email archives@wfu.edu with any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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* Our collection of unpublished materials are described in finding aids.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

  • New Old Books: Special Collections Acquisitions for 2014-15 — Visitors to Special Collections often ask whether we add materials to our collections, and if so, how we acquire them. The answer is yes, Special Collections is an active and growing collection! We acquire new-to-us materials every year, through both purchases and gifts. Read on for a description of a few of the books that […]

  • The Broadsides Rise Again — The Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University is home to a famous collection of over 250 confederate broadsides, popular poetry from the American Civil War era, nearly all of which were digitized in 1995. The legacy metadata for these materials has now been carefully revised so that the collection is easier to explore […]

  • Grant Announcement for the NC Baptist Historical Collection — Z. Smith Reynolds Library has received an EZ Digitization LSTA Grant from the State Library of North Carolina for $15,235. This project will provide funds for the description and digitizing of archival material that is part of the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection at Wake Forest University. Nearly 100 linear ft. of original archival records […]

—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.