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Archives and Special Collections

Special Collections

The Shepard Center houses several special collections of artifacts, manuscripts, and old and rare books. Among these are:

The R. G. Lee Collection
The Bateman Collection
The Fitts Collection
West Tennessee Baptist History Collection

SW Tennessee County Records

The Center actively collects county records on microfilm for 11 southwest Tennessee counties. The following counties are included in this primary geographical focus area.



The Shepard Center maintains subscriptions to a selection of the most useful and respected journals in the field of genealogical and local history research. Currently, the following titles are available in the Center.

Ancestry Magazine
Everton's Genealogical Helper
Genealogical Computing Quarterly
The American Genealogist
The Genealogist
National Genealogical Society Quarterly


The Shepard Center actively collects books dealing with genealogical and local history with a geographical emphasis on the West Tennessee region and the families of our alumni.  Researchers can utilize our online catalog to find the books available in the Center.  All books housed in the Center are non-circulating and have the location code of "Heritage Collection."

University Archives

The University Archives is the repository of the institution's official records.  These records contain information on individuals who were students or staff of the University.  Inquiries about specific persons should be sent to the archivist by e-mailing library@uu.edu

In addition to the University's records the Archives also houses a number of other collections of interest to the family and local historian.  One of the most important of these are the TBC Collection which contain the records of Tennessee Baptist associations and churches in the western region.  This collection is particularly helpful to persons researching Baptist ministers who served in the churches of this area.

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