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. Students, faculty and the public are welcome to access collections and view special exhibits in our Fourth floor Reading Room.

Items from our collections are always on display in special collections. Visit the Reading Room to see our most current exhibit, or visit our digital exhibits on-line. 

The Special Collections department is the recipient of a 2014 Council of Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections grant. Find out more about this project on our project blog Discovering the Southwest Metroplex.

Search Finding Aids

Search the contents of our collections using this specialized discovery tool.


Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9 AM - 4:30 PM 9 AM - 4:30 PM Closed Closed

Special Collections Events

The archive, acquired by UNT Libraries in 2014, contains over 300,000 unique images, ranging from snapshots to studio portraits to street photography. Subject matter is diverse too; in this collection the landscapes of Yosemite sit alongside televangelists, professional hockey players and Fort Worth city landmarks new and old. The history of the Williams Family is told within the collection through letters, postcards, diaries and artifacts such as cameras and significant personal effects.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 5:00pm