Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections Library 

Welcome to the Special Collections Library at Vanderbilt University.

The mission of Special Collections 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, performing arts, and Latin American history, especially Colombian and Afro-Colombian history.