BU Special Collection



Bunch Library is dedicated to collecting and preserving materials relating to the history of Belmont University and its forerunners: Cumberland University, Tennessee College for Women, Ward Seminary, Belmont College for Young Women, Ward-Belmont School, and Belmont College. These materials are housed in the Belmont University Special Collection. The collection also contains Belmont University publications, such as yearbooks, catalogs and bulletins, Belmont Vision (student newspaper), award-winning papers, and Master's and Honors theses. In addition, scrapbooks and memorabilia donated by alumni may be found in the collection.


*By appointment only please

Faculty Contact

Judy Williams, Research Librarian

Policies & Regulations

  • All patrons must make an appointment with the Reference Librarian in order to access the archive.
  • All materials are non-circulating.
  • Pencils are available from the librarian. No ink please.
  • Food or drink is not allowed in the archive.
  • Copies may be made with approval from the librarian. Copies are 10 cents a page.
  • Some items may be scanned. Scanning requests may be made to the Reference Librarian and will be done by library staff.

Online Access

Belmont University Special Collections has partnered with Harpeth Hall to create a digital archives collection, housed on the World Wide Web. The Belmont portion of the collection includes yearbooks, catalogs, and selected school publications, ranging in date from 1898 through 1951.

To access the collection, go to: http://www.archive.org/details/harpethhall . Use the search field at the top of the page to search for a particular item, e.g. Milestones. Once an item is opened, the "Read Online" option is the easiest to use, and the text can be searched for individual names or keywords, using the search box at the top right of the screen.