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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Special Collections is open by appointment only during the summer. Scheduled hours will resume in the fall.

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.



Campus circa 1985 [University Archives bdg6415]



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

University Timeline 1927 - 2017

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One University Heights,
Asheville, NC 28804-8504
828 251-6645

Updated August 2017

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