The primary mission of Special Collections is to support the undergraduate research and education mission of UNC Asheville by providing unique primary and secondary research materials of enduring value that document local and regional history and culture. Special Collections also provides instruction, reference services, and internship opportunities to support undergraduate curricula and individual student research. To this end, Special Collections collects, preserves, organizes, describes, and provides print and digital access to manuscripts, books, photographs, and other materials that document Asheville and the surrounding region. Special Collections also serves as a research center for community members and scholars interested in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
The mission of University Archives covers both management of current university records and historic university archives. The Head of Special Collections and University Archivist serves as the Records Officer for the University and oversees compliance with UNC Asheville’s University Retention of Records and Disposition Policy and the UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule. From a historical perspective, University Archives collects, preserves, organizes, describes, and makes accessible historic records, publications, and materials that document the history of UNC Asheville, Asheville-Biltmore College, and their predecessors.