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About Us

What are your hours?

Special Collections and Archives is open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM, with the exception of university holidays listed in the library calendar.

Where are you located?

The Special Collections & Archives Research Room (Room 625) is located on the 6th floor of the Reynolds Wing  Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Where do I park?

To find parking on campus, please see our Parking Map. For additional information, see WFU maps and directions.

About Our Collections

How do I find out about your books and collections?

You can begin your research of our collections by searching the online catalog, limited to Special Collections materials. You can also search our finding aids.

How do I cite something from your collection?

To cite materials in our collection, please use following: [Collection Name], [Manuscript or Record Group number, i.e MS256], Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.

I have an item I want to donate. What should I do?

Please contact Tanya Zanish-Belcher, director of Special Collections & Archives, to describe what you would like to donate.

Information for Visitors

Can anyone use the collections?

Our collections are open to the public. Researchers are required to contact us and schedule an appointment in advance for information on availability of resources.

Can I check things out?

No, materials in Special Collections & Archives are non-circulating.

How do I get copies of your materials?

Please see our Reproduction of Materials page.

How do I obtain permission to use an image or a quote from your collections in a publication?

Fill out and submit this request to publish or quote permission form.

Why do I need to register to use the collections?

It is standard operating procedures for Special Collections to ask researchers to register due to the rarity and scarcity of the materials. Registration provides information about how to handle fragile materials and asks you to sign an agreement of the Reading Room rules. Our staff tries to assist you with unique materials, and if we become aware of an item that might be of interest to you later then we use this information for reference purposes to get back to you.

How do I get on the Wireless Network in the Research Room?

To get a WFU visitor wireless network account, go to The Bridge on the second floor of the Wilson wing in the Z. Smith Reynolds library.

If you have a WFU username and password, you can create a WFU visitor wireless network account for others.


What is a finding aid?

A finding aid is a guide to a manuscript collection. It describes the materials in a collection and also contains a scope and content note of the collection, biographical information about the creator or collector, and explains how the collection is arranged.

Here is an example of one of our finding aids.

What is a manuscript?

1. A handwritten document. 2. An unpublished document. 3. An author’s draft of a book, article, or other work submitted for publication.

What is a manuscript collection?

A manuscript collection is a collection of personal or family papers. Although manuscript literally means handwritten, “manuscript collection” is often used to include collections of mixed media in which unpublished materials predominate. They may also include typescripts, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, news clippings, and printed works.


Do you offer research grants or fellowships for visiting reseachers?

Yes, ZSR Special Collections & Archives offers two types of research grants. The Provost’s Grant for Library Research supports scholars at graduate and postgraduate level, while the ZSR Travel Grant is open to researchers at any level.

Do you have any questions that we didn’t answer?

Contact us at or 336-758-6175.

If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections & Archives at 336-758-6175.