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Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

Special Collections and University Archives advances scholarship, research, and teaching at UNC Charlotte by building, preserving, and providing access to collections of unique and distinctive value. We work collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies to document, preserve, and share the history and culture of the University and the Charlotte region for UNC Charlotte affiliates and for members of the broader community. 

Our Vision

We will be widely recognized as a trusted and inclusive space for the preservation and discovery of our campus and regional history. Our distinctive collections and innovative services will advance scholarship and student learning in subjects across the curriculum. We will empower communities on campus and in Charlotte to manage their personal and organizational records, maintain institutional memory, and collaborate in the preservation of our shared cultural heritage.

Our Values

Service Excellence

We are approachable, knowledgeable and helpful to all those who use our services.


We ensure equitable, unbiased access to the collections in our care and work to promote and provide the widest possible access that is consistent with the law, donor agreements, and personal privacy.

Responsible Stewardship

We take proactive measures to preserve and manage the collections in our care now and for the benefit of future generations.


We are trustworthy, honest, ethical, transparent, and reliable in all of our relationships.

Wellbeing and Respect

We work toward an open, participatory environment in which we respect and promote academic freedom, value labor, and extend empathy to all.

Community Engagement

We are civically engaged, and we reach out to the campus and wider community seeking collaborative relationships rooted in shared goals.

Education and Scholarship

We promote scholarly inquiry, the sharing of knowledge, teaching and learning.


We strive to adhere to the highest standards of the archival and library professions while constantly seeking innovative ways to do our work and create new partnerships.