Special Collections at Everett Library form a nexus of rare and unique materials in several formats. Rare books include a number of limited edition and fine press publications, a facsimile reproduction of the Gutenburg Bible, a book volume with an original Fore-Edge painting. A Bible donated to the University by King George VI of England in 1950 is a highlight, as is a rare Bible published in 1766 in Scotland. Former local bookstore owner John Barringer donated an impressive library of signed first edition copies of famous works as well as rare books to Special Collections. In addition, Queens has book and manuscript collections related to the history of Charlotte and Western North Carolina. The Queens University Archives contains unique documents related to Queens University history from its beginnings in 1857 as the Charlotte Female Institute through its mergers with the Presbyterian Female College and with Chicora College through adoption of the new name Queens College and now, finally, Queens University. Recent analysis and descriptive activity in the Archives are helping to make the contents more easily findable.
The collection is available to patrons by requesting an appointment with the Archivist.