D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives is located on the third floor of D.H. Ramsey Library on the University of North Carolina at Asheville campus. Special Collections collects, preserves, organizes, describes, and provides print and digital access to manuscripts, books, oral histories, photographs, and other materials that document the history and culture of Asheville and Western North Carolina. University Archives includes historical records of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

We welcome students, faculty, staff, community members, and researchers to use Special Collections and University Archives. As part of our mission to serve the UNC Asheville community, Special Collections also provides instruction, reference services, and internship opportunities to support undergraduate curricula and individual student research. Please contact us at speccoll@unca.edu for research assistance.

For news and updates about our collections, please refer to our blog, UNC Asheville Archives.

Special Collections includes:

Manuscript Collections

Photograph Collections

University Archives

Books and Periodicals

Oral Histories


Vertical Files

UNCA Senior Papers & Projects

Master of Liberal Arts Theses

Film, Video, Audio, & Music

Realia & Artifacts

Web Exhibits


Downtown Asheville, early 1950s. From the E.M. Ball Photograph Collection

Summer Hours by
Appointment Only through August 15

Normal hours resume August 18:

Monday: 2:00 - 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 12 noon - 5:00 PM

Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Other hours by appointment

For reference questions or to schedule an appointment, please call (828) 251-6645 or email us at speccoll@unca.edu



Moonlight View from top of the Battery Park Hotel, from the LeCompte Postcard Collection


Copyright ©2014 D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, Univ. of North Carolina Asheville,
One University Heights,
Asheville, NC 28804-8504
828 251-6645

Updated February 2014

Please send comments to Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections & University Archivist: ghyde@unca.edu