Special Collections

stacks of miniature books
Special Collections : (940) 565-2769
Preservation : (940) 565-2343
Collects and preserves rare and unique materials.

Find us in: Willis Library , Fourth Floor

Due to high demand of services and limited availability, expect delays in processing of requests from some units.

About Us

The Special Collections department collects and preserves rare and unique materials including rare books, oral histories, university archives, historical manuscripts, maps, microfilm, photographs, art and artifacts. Special Collections are publicly accessible to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Notification of service changes in Fall 2020

To limit the spread of COVID-19, UNT Special Collections has expanded our remote access options to reduce the need for in-person research visits to our reading room.

Please continue to use Aeon to initiate your request materials and/or photo-duplication services.

In Fall 2020 we will be offering the following remote access options (to learn more about these options, email Special Collections:

  • Complimentary digitization of archival and rare book materials on demand as allowed under copyright law (see our fee schedule for more information)
  • Digitization of audio and video materials on a cost recovery basis (see our fee schedule for specific fees)
  • Up to 5 hours of complimentary proxy research by a staff member (research services beyond 5 hours are available for a fee of $25/hour)
  • Virtual research and reference sessions (staff member will use a camera to page through a portion of a collection or book during a video call)
  • Access to over 350,000 digital items from 120 collections through The Portal to Texas History
  • Virtual class visits and instruction sessions (to schedule an instruction session please use this form

If the above access methods will not be sufficient for your needs, please contact Special Collections to request an in-person research appointment in our reading room. Research appointments will be offered on a limited basis. Visiting researchers will be expected to wash their hands prior to handling materials and to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while on campus in accordance with University policies. Specific guidelines for visiting researchers will be provided by email prior to your visit.

Special Collections Services & Collection Highlights


Browse digital exhibits of Special Collections materials.

Special Collections Blogs

Social Media

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Special Collections is always looking for new donations. For more information please see the About Special Collections page.



Morgan Gieringer

Head, Special Collections

(940) 369-8657


Anna Esparza

Metadata Specialist

(940) 565-2769


Perri Hamilton

Assistant to the Archivist

(940) 565-2766


Sam Ivie

Archives Processing Coordinator

(940) 565-2766


Julie Judkins

Assistant Head, Special Collections

(940) 565-2768


Justin Lemons

Lead Preservation Tech

(940) 565-2606


Meagan May

Special Collections Public Services Librarian

(940) 565-2689


Amanda Montgomery

Assistant Processing Archivist

(940) 565-3967


Jaimi Parker

Exhibits Coordinator Librarian

(940) 369-7423


Jodi Rhinehart-Doty

Special Collections Project Manager

(940) 565-2769


Adriance Rhoades

Collections Digitization Assistant

(940) 565-2769


Rachael Zipperer

University Archivist

(940) 565-2766