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Please make an appointment to visit us so we can efficiently meet your needs.  Walk-in visits will be handled based on capacity and staffing. The collection includes over 3,300 cubic feet of manuscripts, photographs, and archives from Tennessee Tech as well as surrounding people, businesses, and organizations of the Upper Cumberland. Items in our collections cannot leave the building.

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday


Megan Atkinson, University Archivist

Hannah O'Daniel McCallon, Assistant Archivist

Jennifer Dewar, Archives Assistant


Joe L. Evins donated his papers to Tennessee Technological University in 1977, but the Tennessee Technological University Archives and Special Collections officially began when Tech hired its first archivist in 1985. In November 1986, the Archives opened its doors to the public in its original location in Derryberry Hall. 


University Archives and Special Collections educates researchers and students about primary source materials, preservation, and researching archives and special collections. We make collections available on site with some available digitally. We connect students, the community, and researchers to our collections through exhibits, outreach activities, classes, reference, and digital access.

Tennessee Tech University Archives serves as the repository for the records of the university and faculty by collecting materials of legal, fiscal, and historical significance to the university.  The Archives also document university personnel, administration, programs, and operations.

Tennessee Tech University Special Collections collects rare and original materials that relate to the Upper Cumberland Region, especially materials pertaining to Cookeville, the university, and prominent alumni. The goal is to acquire, preserve, and make available collections that include authentic and unique materials in support of university programs, faculty, students, the community, and the Upper Cumberland.


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