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Queens University of Charlotte Everett Library


Special Collections: Special Collections

Images from Special Collections

Students viewing objects from the Archives for a class project

Students tour the Special Collections Room

Special Collections Room

The Special Collections Room 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 and a Bible donated to the University by King George VI of England in 1950. One of the oldest items in the collection is a rare Scottish Bible published in 1766 donated by the St. Andrew Society of Carolina. 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, there are book and manuscript collections related to the history of Charlotte and Western North Carolina.

The Special Collections Room is located on the 2nd floor of the library and is open during regular library hours to students and faculty for individual (non-group) study. It is a quiet study zone and is food and cell phone free.

History of the Special Collections Room:

On March 6, 1978, Dr. Norris Preyer, Emeritus Professor of Queens University of Charlotte, proposed a plan for the acquisition and development of the Special Collections Room in Everett Library.  Dr. Preyer wrote:

Items acquired for this room should be centered around a few common themes to give coherence and unity to the collection. The two themes selected seek to meet four objectives:

  1. to build upon already existing strengths in the Everett Library collection,
  2. to relate to the special history and culture of Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte),
  3. to be useful for research by Friends of the Library, Alumnae of the college, college students and scholars,
  4. to serve as a possible training area for development of archival and library science skills and perhaps, also for skills needed in design, museum, and historic preservation careers.

The two themes are: The Queens University Collection and The Local History Collection

The Special Collections Room is named in honor of Rena Chambers Harrell, campus librarian from 1927 - 1957, and holds materials related to the history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, books by North Carolina and southern authors, as well as rare and distinctive books and materials. The collection is available to patrons by requesting an appointment with the Archivist.