Special Collections: Research

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Information about visiting, locating, and using special collections research materials.

Visiting

Collections are open to the public for use in the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, located on the 4th floor of Willis Library, during normal operating hours. Since many of our collections are stored off-site, patrons are advised to contact the department prior to arrival to ensure books and other collections are available for use. Reading room hours vary of the course of the year. Please check our schedule for current hours and note any exceptions.

Locating Materials

Many of the books and periodicals that comprise the Special Collections can be found in the UNT Libraries Catalog. In addition, archive, manuscript, microform, photography, and some special indexes to collections can be searched in our on-line finding aids. Finding aids allow you to discover and understand the content and context of materials in a collection.

The Special Collections department receives new archival and rare and unique materials on a regular basis and some of our collections are not yet cataloged. If you are having trouble finding a book or a collection one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

Requesting & Accessing

Using Materials

When requesting access to Special Collections materials for the first time, all patrons will be required to review an overview of our reading room policy and procedures and create a researcher’s profile through Aeon – the system UNT Special Collections uses to process and track requests. When visiting the Hughes Reading Room for the first time to use materials, patrons will be asked for a form of photo identification to confirm their account in Aeon prior to accessing requested materials. For information on duplication, use of digital cameras in the reading room and permission for publishing archive and rare books materials please see the Policy and Forms section.

If you would like to use Special Collections for commercial and non-profit promotional purposes, broadcast/TV/documentary, public display, exhibition, publication in print, internet or digital formats, or any other use, please complete the Request to License Special Collections Materials form.

Special Collections Research Fellowships

The University of North Texas Libraries invites applications for the UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship. Research in special collections is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including history, journalism, political science, geography, fine art, art history and American studies. We encourage applicants to think creatively about new uses for special collections. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of special collections at UNT Libraries. For more information and application details please visit UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship.

Send questions and applications for the Special Collections Research Fellowships to Morgan Gieringer, Head of Special Collections.

Coursework Development Grants

The University of North Texas Special Collections invites UNT faculty each year to apply for Coursework Development Grants. These grants are intended to assist faculty in developing assignments for courses that will utilize materials held by Special Collections. Grant awardees will work with Special Collections librarians to schedule class visits to special collections and/or design assignments that utilize digital special collections. The call for grant applications is issued each summer. 

Send questions and applications for the Coursework Development Grants to Julie Judkins, Assistant Head of Special Collections.