About Special Collections

What is Special Collections?

Special Collections is composed of four major collections:

  • W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection collects and documents the Appalachian Region from southwest New York to northeast Mississippi with an emphasis on history, culture, and politics.
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection contains discrete rare book and manuscript collections related to a variety of subjects, such as British history, Beat poetry, and children's literature.
  • Stock Car Racing Collection collects material documenting stock car racing comprehensively and selectively acquires information about other forms of automobile racing.
  • University Archives and Records is the official archival agency for Appalachian State University. It collects and preserves University records of historic or administrative value, as well as special donated collections. The office operates the records-management program mandated by North Carolina law.

Collections are available on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 432. Many items in the Open Stacks may be checked out. Items in the Closed Collection can be used only in the Library and by appointment. For general information about our collections and how to use them, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

History and Mission

Special Collections at Appalachian State University was formed in 2005 with the opening of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons. The formation of Special Collections united three major existing collections, the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Stock Car Racing Collection, University Archives and Records, and added the developing Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.

In keeping with the Library's mission, the core mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and provide public access to primary and secondary source material in the above collecting areas. In addition, the unit promotes use of and education about collections through exhibits, instruction, public programming, and the World Wide Web. The collections and the activities of Special Collections support the teaching, learning, research, and scholarship of the Appalachian State University community, as well as the local, regional, national, and international research communities.