Special Collections and University Archives


Welcome to Special Collections and University Archives, a division of Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Library System.

The mission of Special Collections and University Archives is to preserve, store and provide access to Vanderbilt University's impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and institutional archives.

Special Collections supplies primary resource material to a variety of local, national, and international scholars each year. It houses one of the finest twentieth-century Southern literature collections in the United States and is the center for the study of the Fugitive and Agrarian literary groups. Other popular subjects include Southern history and culture, women's issues, civil rights, religious studies, and performing arts.

Special Collections

Special Collections manages the library's rare books, memorabilia, and manuscript collections.  More

Vanderbilt Photographic Archives

The Vanderbilt Photographic Archives manages the university's vast collection of photographs.   More

Vanderbilt University Archives

The Vanderbilt University Archives preserves the historical records of the university.  More

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