New Special Collections Request System is Now Live

Special Collections

Special Collections welcomes members of the UT community and visiting researchers.

A research account is required to use materials or order reproductions from manuscript collections, rare books, University Archives, and the Modern Political Archives.

Register or Login ( to access your Special Collections Request System account

This account allows researchers to manage their research online. Once registered, you will be able to:

  • Schedule an appointment to use materials

  • Request materials online even when the reading room is closed

  • Submit reproduction orders and download files online

  • View and track the status of requests and orders

  • Review your request history

Manuscript collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be requested 5 full days (120 hours) before you plan to visit the reading room. Note that you are limited to 6 active requests at a time. Walk-in researchers are also welcome if the materials are on site and the reading room is not at capacity. Materials do not circulate and may only be viewed in the Special Collections reading room during open hours.

One form of photo ID must be presented upon arrival in the reading room.

Manuscript Collections can be searched in Scout at

University of Tennessee theses and dissertations are stored off-site and can be viewed by contacting Storage (

There is no self-service photocopying available in the reading room. Personal scanners are not permitted. Use of digital or smartphone cameras is permitted.

Special Collections is committed to providing the best possible service to all its patrons. We prefer to receive reference requests or questions via email.  The response time will vary depending on the complexity of the request, current demand and staff availability.  Reference requests are answered in the order that they are received.

In depth research is beyond the scope of our services.  In these instances, staff can suggest collections for researchers to consult when they visit Special Collections.  Please allow a minimum of 4 to 7 days for a response. 

Please contact Special Collections at if you have questions.