Book Collections

Special Collections manages the rare book collections of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. The subject matter of this extensive collection covers a wide range of topics including the Fugitive and Agrarian literary groups, American Civil War, Southern literature and civilization, performing arts, Vanderbilt University history, George Peabody College history, Meso-American codices, and religion.  More

Manuscript Collections

Special Collections houses and maintains over 800 manuscript collections of primary research material.  Collection strengths include Southern history and culture, the Fugitive and Agrarian literary groups, journalism, performing arts, fine arts, and Latin America.  More

Vanderbilt Photographic Archives

The Vanderbilt University Photographic Archive contains approximately 300,000 photographs relating to the history and development of the university since its founding in 1875. Some of the photographic topics in this collection include faculty and staff portraits, athletics, the Nashville community, World War I and II, alumni events, campus buildings and features, and student activities.  More

Vanderbilt University Archives

The University Archives preserves the historical memory of the university and makes this information available to the Vanderbilt community and to the public.  The Archives includes information on Vanderbilt University, George Peabody College for Teachers, and the University of Nashville.  More