About Special Collections

William Madison Randall Library Special Collections, located at the west end of the second floor, contains rare books, manuscripts, and other materials that have special historical significance for the Lower Cape Fear Region. Special Collections include the following: 

Southeast North Carolina Collection (SENC)
This collection consists of items--mainly books, monographs and maps--pertaining to southeastern North Carolina, which encompasses the eight-county region of New Hanover County, Pender County, Brunswick County, Onslow County, Columbus County, Bladen County, Duplin County, and Sampson County. This collection also includes works authored by southeastern North Carolina authors and UNCW faculty. 
 
Manuscript Collection
Currently numbering over 300 separate manuscript collections. This includes family papers, business papers, ephemeral collections and other groups of papers and photographs.
 
History of Science Collection
Donated in 2000 by the estate of Dr. Ralph W. Brauer, this collection of books and monographs represents the best of written scientific thinking from circa 1750 through 1950. 

History of Medicine Collection
A generous donation from Dr. H. William Gillen of over 1500 books and monographs in 1999 made this collection possible.The items in this collection documents the history of medicine from about 1600 to today. Specializing in Neurology, the collection features many rare and one-of-a-kind books.

Helen Hagan Reading Room
Special Collections was originally housed in this room, before the 1999 expansion tripled the size of the area. This room houses the History of Science Collection and the Film Script Collection
 
Visiting Special Collections and Using Materials 
Researchers may visit Special Collections during regularly scheduled hours of operation. However, to facilitate your needs, we suggest that you make an appointment to use the resources of the Special Collections. Appointments  may be made by contacting theparnellg [at] uncw [dot] edu ( Special Collections Librarian )[910-962-3276].   

Research via Mail, Email and Telephone
Special Collections is under no obligation to provide services to those researchers who are unable to personally visit the collections. Due to budgetary and staffing constraints it is virtually impossible to handle all mail, email and telephone requests. We suggest the researcher visit Randall Library Special Collections in order to expedite their research needs. Also due to the fragile nature of most of the items, Randall Library Special Collections, under its photocopying and reproduction of material policy, is unable to fulfill requests for photocopies of materials.