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* Our collection of unpublished materials are described in finding aids.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

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. at Wake Forest — [O]n Thursday, October 11, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest College as part of the College Union Lecture Series.[i]  This was not the first time a black person had spoken on the campus, but it was the first time a black man had been invited to speak after […]

  • 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 […]

—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.