Special Collections, located at the west end of the second floor, serves the research needs of UNCW students and faculty, as well as the wider community, by acquiring, preserving and providing access to books and archival materials that describe the history and culture of Southeast North Carolina.

Southeast North Carolina Collection (SENC)

Special Collections houses the region's most comprehensive collection of research materials on Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Sampson Counties. 

Manuscript and Unique Research Collections
Currently numbering nearly 400 separate manuscript, photograph, and audiovisual research collections. These collections includes family and personal papers as well as business records and the records of organizations. Some of our most important and most often consulted collections include:

  • St. James Episcopal Church Records
  • Mike McIntyre Congressional Collection
  • Alton Lennon Congressional Collection
  • WWAY Television News Archive
  • Heyward Bellamy Papers
  • Noth Carolina Visual Art and Artists Collection

Book Collection

We acquire books focusing on the history, culture, society, and natural environment of Southeast North Carolina. Our book collection also includes works of fiction authored by authors from Southeast North Carolina.

Other Collections

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.

Visiting Special Collections and Using Materials 

Researchers who wish visit Special Collections can do so after first making an appointment with Special Collections Librarian Rebecca Baugnon at baugnonr@uncw.edu or by calling 910-962-7462.

Due to budgetary and staffing constraints, Special Colllections staff can provide only limited reference assistance via phone and e-mail. Reference requests received via phone or e-mail may take up to two weeks to complete. We suggest the researcher visit Special Collections in order to expedite their research process.