Faculty and staff in Special Collections provide a number of outreach services to UT students, faculty, administration, and alumni in addition to community members, visiting scholars, and professional colleagues each year.
Fast Facts: 2018-2019 Academic Year
- Special collections conducted 273 detailed research consultations and answered 535 reference questions.
- 336 researchers visited the reading room to use our primary resource collections for class assignments, research publications, and personal interest.
- 646 requests were received for materials from our offsite storage.
- 1,366 undergraduate students and 85 graduate students participated in a classroom instruction session.
- 37 programs were held with over 1500 people attending.
Event and Program Highlights
- The book release party for the UT Libraries’ limited-edition letterpress book, The Spot Marked Alpine: A Story of Names, Mountains, and Men, by Ken Wise and Anne Bridges
- 10th anniversary party for the Modern Political Archives housed at the Howard Baker Center
- Boundless event with singer, songwriter, and poet R.B. Morris
- Preservation Week activities
Exhibit Curation: 2018-2019 Academic Year
Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area
- Travel and Voyages: From Africa to Appalachia (curated by Jennifer Beals and Allison McKittrick)
- Variations: The Sounds of Special Collections (curated by Laura Romans and Chris Durman)
Special Collections Reading Room
- Petals on Paper: Selections from Special Collections and the UT Herbarium (curated by Chris Caldwell and Laura Romans)
- From the Crypt: Rare Editions of Frankenstein (curated by Chris Caldwell)
- All You Need is Love: Romantic Selections from the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives (curated by Jennifer Beals)
- Make A New Beginning: The Work of James Agee (curated by Kris Bronstad)
Betsey B. Creekmore classroom
- Black History at Special Collections (curated by Allison McKittrick)
Students from the art, architecture, English, history, sociology, and theatre departments all participated in classroom instruction that was both innovative and hands-on. Topics included artist books, color theory, lithography, Tennessee writers, Shakespeare, medieval history, the Smoky Mountains, Renaissance drama, and so much more. There were so many reasons that researchers used the Special Collections materials at UT Libraries, and we look forward to the opportunity to help more people during the Fall Semester — and beyond.
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