Archives and Special Collections

About Us

The mission of the Freed-Hardeman University Archives and Special Collections is to collect, preserve, manage and exhibit records and material culture related to the history and activities of Freed-Hardeman University from 1869 to the present for the benefit of the public.

The historic Old Main Administration Building (built 1907-08) provides a poignant architectural framework for the Archives & Special Collections. The Collections, covering 140 years of University history, are found on the first floor in the Roland Historical Room. Nearly 30,000 objects and 500 linear feet of documents are available for research.

Loan Periods

Because of the rare - and very fragile - nature of many of these materials, they can only be used on-site. Organizations wishing to borrow items for an extended period of time may do so, in compliance with established policy and procedure.


To ensure the safety of both collections and visitors, we kindly request that the following rules be observed:

• Please sign in and out of the Research Register at each visit.

• Please follow all guidelines of the Archivist regarding the handling of items.

• Please do not bring food or drink into the Room. A storage area will be provided.

• Wash your hands thoroughly before handling any collections objects.

• Pens cannot be allowed. Pencils will be made available.

• All materials must be returned to the Archivist before leaving the facility.


The Archives & Special Collections fulfills reproduction requests on a case-by-case basis. The fragile condition of many of the items will determine what types of reproduction can be used. The intended use of the reproduction must also be stated at the time of reproduction. The University does not hold all rights to all the items in its Collections. The University's Intellectual Property Policy will hold sway in this matter. We reserve the right to refuse reproduction requests.