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Chris Caldwell
Chris Caldwell
Humanities Services Librarian
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Phone: 865-974-0019

BIG IDEAS demand reliable information. The University Libraries supports scholarship, research, and learning at UT by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to the world’s knowledge. The wide-ranging expertise of our librarians might surprise you.

As humanities services librarian, Christopher Caldwell serves the information needs of students and faculty in English and theatre, providing research consultations, instruction in the use of information resources, and collection development for those disciplines. Chris is also the Libraries’ liaison to the UT Humanities Center and is available to assist visiting faculty and graduate fellows and to make library purchases in support of their research.

Chris is passionate about the printed book—as literature and as an art form. He has studied rare books and manuscripts at several prestigious programs, including the rare book schools of the University of Virginia, Texas A&M, and the Smithsonian Institution. With his guidance, Special Collections has assembled a book history teaching collection containing examples of the book over the centuries, including rare books, facsimiles, and digital surrogates. The collection is used by everyone from undergraduates to scholars at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Chris also uses Special Collections materials to help students in upper-level English composition classes learn to identify primary sources and incorporate those sources into their research papers.

Chris helps theatre students research every aspect of the performing arts, from the performance history of a work, to biography and criticism, to primary source design material for technical theatre.

He has created excellent online research guides for the disciplines he serves, accessible at and

Chris has taught college courses in literature, composition, creative writing, and poetry (another abiding passion). He wants to engage students with writing in all its forms. The UT Libraries hosts several events meant to foster an appreciation of literary excellence—or simply to get students writing! Chris is one of the organizers of the Libraries’ annual celebration of the National Day on Writing and our juried exhibition of undergraduate research projects, the Writer’s Block Party. He co-directs the Writers in the Library program, which brings noted authors to the John C. Hodges Library to read from their works.

Chris holds a master’s in information sciences from UT and a master of fine arts in poetics and writing from New College of California.

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