A part of the Special Collections, and one we rarely blog on, is the University Archives. This collection contains records, documents, books, and items relating to the university back to its first year, 1886. Included are yearbooks (first issued in 1911, discontinued in 1991), the university newspaper, The Echo (in print and on microfilm), university catalogs from over the years, and mementos covering all four names this university has had (Chattanooga University, US Grant University, University of Chattanooga, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga).
As part of this collection, we have been documenting the progress of the construction of the new $48 million library, due to open in 2014. This will be only the fifth location for the university’s library since the school opened in 1886. From the chilly late January 2010 day when we had the groundbreaking (and 5″ of snow a few hours later) to the first inside tour the internal library building committee got on Friday, March 22, here are a few photographs of the last three years progress.