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, photographs, and publications of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

We welcome students, faculty, staff, community members, and researchers to use Special Collections and University Archives. Our reading room hours are posted below and we are also available by appointment. 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.

Are you having trouble citing primary sources? Check out our guide to citing primary sources in Chicago/Turabian style.

For news and updates about our collections, please refer to our blog, UNC Asheville Archives. We are also on Facebook

Special Collections includes:

Manuscript Collections

Photograph Collections

University Archives

Books and Periodicals

Oral Histories


Vertical Files

UNCA Senior Papers & Projects

Institutional Repository - NC DOCKS

Film, Video, Audio, & Music

Realia & Artifacts

Web Exhibits


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UNC Asheville - The First 90 Years



Monday: 12pm - 5pm

Tuesday: 12pm - 5pm

Wednesday: 9am - 2:30pm

Thursday: 9am - 2:30pm

Friday: Closed

All other times by appointment

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

Ad-hoc changes to the stated hours may be necessary to accommodate classes. Please contact us to confirm hours.

Brown Bag Talks

The next talk will be on April 26 when Ann Dunn will discuss the humor and tragedy in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi


Asheville-Biltmore College, the precursor to UNC Asheville, from the LeCompte Postcard Collection

Copyright ©2015 D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville,
One University Heights,
Asheville, NC 28804-8504
828 251-6645

Updated August 2017

Please send comments to speccoll@unca.edu