Welcome to the Special Collections Galleries

Look at history differently.


The mission of the Special Collections Galleries is to illuminate diverse narratives that are regionally and historically representative to support and enhance discovery, accessibility, and integration of unique collection materials into the educational, research and administrative activities of the University and its broader communities. Through collaboration with University faculty and staff, students, and external institutions, as well as, conducting community outreach to build relationships within the surrounding community, the Special Collection Galleries will foster an integrated environment of researching, developing, and creating exhibits that enhance exhibit content that add to the collective narrative of the surrounding region and grows the capacity of the Special Collections Galleries to present the region’s history accurately and innovatively. This will be achieved through original and engaging content presented in temporary and traveling exhibits, digital exhibits, permanent exhibits, and associated programming. 

The Special Collection Galleries consists of the University Archives Gallery, the Flannery O’Connor Gallery of Southern Literary Works, the History and Culture Gallery, and the W. J. Usery, Jr. Leadership Gallery.