Special Collections

New Hours in Special Collections

Due to budget cuts, Special Collections will change their regular hours for the Spring 2013 semester. 

Changes are as follows:

Open Stacks
Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday:  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dougherty Reading Room
Monday-Friday:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special Holiday Changes

  • Sunday before first day of classes (1/13):  Closed

Celebrating Romulus Linney, Sept. 20-21

The life and accomplishments of playwright Romulus Linney will be celebrated during the event “Romulus Linney: Back Home in the Mountains” Sept. 20-21 at Appalachian State University.

The event includes a craft talk on writing for the stage, a panel discussion on being an actor in professional theatre, master classes for theatre majors which will be open to the public, and the dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers and Exhibit in Belk Library and Information Commons.

Upcoming Program at Watauga County Public Library

Join us for an exciting program and learn about the plays of the late Romulus Linney on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:30pm at the Watauga County Public Library. Dr. Susan S. Cole, professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance will present a lecture titled "The Appalachian Plays of Romulus Linney," to be followed by a community conversation with opportunities for area residents to share memories, stories, and anecdotes about Linney. Light refreshments will be provided.

Early Doc Watson Recording in Appalachian Collection

The earliest recording of Doc Watson is part of the archival collections of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  This now internationally-known performer from Deep Gap, North Carolina, performed “Precious Jewel” at the 1941 Boone Fiddler’s Convention and was recorded by folklorist Dr. Amos Abrams.  The recording is available online as part of the Library’s digital collections.

New Children's Literature Illustration Exhibit

A new exhibit of artwork, "Miraculous Creatures and Natural Encounters: Selections from the Beulah C. Campbell Collection of Original Illustrations from Children's Books," is now on display in the Dougherty Reading Room in Special Collections on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. The exhibit is accessible during the regular operating hours of the Dougherty Reading Room, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm.

Architecture and Design in Britain Exhibit, 4th Floor

A new rare book exhibit, “Architecture and Design in Britain: Selections from the Rhinehart Collection,” is now on display in the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons.  The exhibit runs through August 2012 and is accessible during Wednesday afternoon open houses in July or by appointment.

Rare Books Room Open Wednesdays in July

The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons will be open Wednesday afternoons, July 11, 18, and 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for visits, questions, and book viewings from the Rhinehart Collection on British History.  Dr.

Library Receives Prestigious NHPRC Grant

Special Collections has received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for an ambitious two-year project that will eliminate the backlog of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection and provide students, faculty, staff, and outside researchers with access to these collections.  Grant funds will primarily be used to hire a Project Archives Assistant. 

Girls Series Book Exhibit in 4th Floor Atrium

Special Collections invites you to visit its new exhibit, “A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls,” now on display in the 4th Floor atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons.

The exhibit features books from the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection in Special Collections.  On display are a variety of materials related to girls’ series books from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Featured series include Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and Elsie Dinsmore, among many others.

University Archives Finding Aids Now Online

Searching for University Archives materials has just gotten easier.  University Archives finding aids are now online and searchable through the new search box on the main Special Collections page.  Finding aids, or guides to archival collections, are available for all University Archives material.  If you're looking for information about the history of ASU,

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