About the Department

Hours & Location

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


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.


To see a list of librarians, archivists, and staff in the department, see our staff directory.

About Our Collections

For information about our collections, including Manuscripts and Rare Books, see our Collections page.

Wake Forest University Archives

The University Archives maintains the records of the University as a whole. These record groups include administrative materials, student organization records, university publications, university historical materials, photographs, president’s papers, and alumni papers. The University Archives actively collects materials relating to the record of the university, both current and historical.


The Preservation department repairs and protects materials in the library collection and in Special Collections. The primary goal of Preservation is to repair damaged books or materials in the library collection and return them to circulation as quickly as possible. If a damaged book is found, please bring it to the Circulation Desk. Preservation is located in Room 329 of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

For further information, read about preservation in our blog or contact us at 336-758-6175.

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