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The Special Collections & Archives Department of the Auburn University Libraries houses printed materials, manuscripts, still pictures, motion pictures, sound recordings, and maps that merit an extra level of security because of their rare or unique nature. The department collects, preserves, and makes available these materials to support Auburn's instructional and research missions and to further scholarship. Its holdings document such topics as the rough-and-tumble politics of higher education in Alabama; the role of agriculture and agribusiness in the South; the Civil War and its impact upon individuals, families, and communities; the history of flight; and the activities of illustrators and naturalists who studied flora and fauna prior to the development of today's specialized disciplines. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members at Auburn University and other institutions of higher learning use the department's resources to prepare senior theses, master's theses, doctoral dissertations, scholarly articles, and books issued by the academic press. Recent examples of note include Pete Daniel, Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s (2000); Joshua Buhs, The Fire Ant Wars: Nature, Science, and Public Policy in Twentieth-Century America (2004); and W. David Lewis, Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero in the Twentieth Century (2005). Special Collections & Archives and the Auburn University Libraries' Systems Department have cooperated to produce a growing Digital Library which makes an increasing number of Auburn's rare and unique materials available online.

Auburn University Libraries
Special Collections & Archives
Ralph Brown Draughon Library
Auburn University, Alabama 36849
(334) 844-1732 (t)
(334) 844-4424 (f)