The archives is open by appointment.
Making an appointment is necessary to ensure staff can meet your needs.
Megan Atkinson, University Archivist
Jennifer Dewar, Archives Assistant
Joe L. Evins donated his papers to Tennessee Technological University in 1977, but it was not until Tech hired its first archivist in 1985 that the Tennessee Technological University Archives and Special Collections officially began. In November 1986, the Archives opened its doors to the public in its original location in Derryberry Hall.
Currently, Archives and Special Collections resides in the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library on the first floor. The collection, which has grown tremendously since the initial donation of the Evins papers, includes materials of legal, fiscal, and historical significance to the University. It also documents the history of the Upper Cumberland Region, which is as important to the University as the University is to the region. The collection includes over 2,500 cubic feet of manuscripts, photographs, and archives from Tennessee Tech as well as surrounding people, businesses, and organizations of the Upper Cumberland. The collection includes books on the history and culture of the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. Items in the Archives and Special Collections cannot leave the building, so make an appointment today to see some the collections.
Tennessee Tech University Archives and Special Collections serves as the repository for the records of Tennessee Tech University and its faculty. Tennessee Tech University Archives collects materials of legal, fiscal, and historical significance to the University and documents the University’s personnel, administration, programs, and operations.
See the collection policy for Tennessee Tech University Archives.
Tennessee Tech University Special Collections collects rare and original materials that relate to the Upper Cumberland Region, especially materials pertaining to Cookeville, TN, Tennessee Tech University, and prominent alumni. The mission is to acquire, preserve, and make available collections that include authentic and unique materials in support of University programs, faculty, and students.
See the collection policy for Tennessee Tech University Special Collections.
Lastly, University Archives and Special Collections educates researchers and students about primary source materials, preservation, and researching archives and special collections. It makes collections available on site and a selection of these materials are available digitally. It is a resource and connect students and the community to the collections through exhibits, outreach activities, classes, reference, and online collections.
- Finding Aids and Container Lists:
Finding aids are detailed inventories of the collections and records maintained in University Archives and Special Collections. Our standard finding aid provides a history of the creator, a list of what is in the collection, and important information like dates, years, and scope. Container lists include what is in the collection with less detail. Finding aids and container lists are searchable PDFs and listed alphabetically.
- Search the Archives:
This public site searches multiple collections and records using keywords. This can be used instead of the finding aids and container list to search multiple resources at the same time, but it is relatively new. Many of the collections are not included, but they are constantly being added.
- Search the Digital Collections:
These contain a selection of the archives that are scanned or are born digital. The digital collections are rarely comprehensive but are from select collections located in University Archives and Special Collections. University publications are usually comprehensive.
- Locating Primary Sources for Research Papers:
These sources are for finding physical archive collections, not digital collections, although some sites may provide access to digital collections via websites. Researchers will need to understand using catalogs, finding aids, and digital materials in order to access many materials. Some resources may necessitate reaching out to the archivist or library maintaining the materials.
StudentsLocating Primary Sources for Research Papers:
This page lists sources for finding physical collections, not digital collections, although some sites may provide access to digital collections via websites. Researchers will need to use catalogs, finding aids, and digital materials in order to access many materials. Some resources may necessitate reaching out to the archivist or library maintaining the materials and making an appointment to visit. For further information researching primary sources for research papers, the archivist is available for appointments.
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Faculty & Staff
Fill out the Archives Class Form to have your class visit the Archives!
World War I and Tennessee Tech University: The Wartime Experience at Tech
As part Tennessee’s World War I Centennial, Tennessee Tech University Archives and Special Collections is hosting an exhibit featuring life of Tennessee Tech’s campus during and immediately after World War I.
Joe L. Evins Office
The Joe L. Evins Office exhibit can be viewed in room 104 of the library. Joseph Landon Evins (October 24, 1910 - March 31, 1984) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1947 to 1977.
Did you know there used to be a cemetery on campus? Visit the newly designed Crawford Alumni Center and see the Lost Spaces exhibit to learn more about this and other places that used to be on campus but are no longer here. This exhibit is brought to you by University Archives and the Crawford Alumni Center.
Virtual History Tour
Visit the Virtual History Tour of TTU Campus! The TTU Archives & Special Collections History Tour was created by Chasely Goodman and Kellie Price and allows viewers to tour Tennessee Tech's beautiful campus and learn the history behind the buildings on the Quad. The Quad is the original location of Tech's campus and the location of the land deed establishing the school in 1915. Special thanks for this project goes to the Provost Micro-Grant for Digital Humanities in the Archives. To download a copy of the tour or contribute: https://github.com/ChaselyGoodman44/TN-Tech-VirtualTour.
Medical Artifacts and Archives
Come and check out some of the medical objects and archives held in Special Collections. This is exhibit is brought to you by collections donated to the University by Gary Dyer, donor of the Dyer Family Business papers; Dr. Sam Barnes, the donor of numerous artifacts in the exhibit; and Jeff Roberts, the donor the C. B. Roberts and E. L. Mooneyham Medical Collection.
From Portraiture to Selfiesx
In Fall 2016 the Volpe Library presented an exhibit titled "From Portraiture to Selfie: A Brief History of the Social Significance of Photographs and the Techniques to Preserve them for the Future" in room 104 of the library.
Joe L. Evins Desk Conceptual Exhibit
The Joe L. Evins Desk Conceptual Exhibit was in the iCube in the Volpe Library! This experimental exhibit incorporates the virtual reality and 3D printed objects into traditional museum collections. This was a collaborative effort of the iCube, iMakerSpace, and the Archives and Special Collections departments.