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The UAH Archives and Special Collections

Head of Special Collections and Archives

Reagan Grimsley's picture
Reagan Grimsley
M. Louis Salmon Library
Room 343A
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899


Drew Adan's picture
Drew Adan
M. Louis Salmon Library
Lower Level
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Archives & Special Collections

Special Collections and Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible materials of enduring value that support the research strengths of the university. The University Archives houses materials which document the history of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Special Collections focus on the following areas: the history of aerospace, flight, and space, science fiction literature, local and regional politics, and the history and culture of Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley. Special Collections seeks to be one of the nation’s preeminent locations for space history research.

Our collection contains:

  • Over 100 archival collections
  • Nearly 1000 linear feet of material which document individuals and programs related to space history; major collections include Saturn V, Apollo,  David Christiansen, Konrad Dannenberg, Walter Jacobi, Charles A. Lundquist, and Gerhard Reisig.
  • Over 800 linear feet of the Congressional Papers of Robert "Bob" Jones and Robert "Bud" Cramer (open 2019).
  • Local history collections including those of Frances Roberts, Harvie Jones, and the Goldsmith-Schiffman Family.
  • An extensive collection of 3000 science fiction monographs circa 1920-present.
  • 10,000 Special Collections monographs in English, German, and Russian which focus on aerospace, space history, and local history. 
  • The UAH Historical Collection, which includes the Papers of Phillip Mason, Ben Graves, and Rudolf Hermann. 
  • 100 plus oral history interviews which focus on space history.


Archives Contact Information

Location:  Lower Level, Central Tower

Phone:  256-824-6523


Hours:  Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm or by appointment. Visiting researchers are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the faculty and staff of Special Collections and Archives.

Faculty and Staff:

Reagan Grimsley, Head of Special Collections and Archives

Drew Adan, Archivist, Lecturer

David Hanning, Archival Assistant 

Mark Potter, Special Collections Graduate Research Assistant



Consult the Library Directory for contact information.

Solar Eclipse 2017 Collection

How are you documenting the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017? We want to document how UAH and the community interact with and experience the eclipse. You can send your personal observations, videos, photos, or other social or scientific documentation to UAH Archives and Special Collections to be included in our eclipse archives. You can email us at or call us at 256-824-6523 for more information. Please note that all submissions will be open to researchers, and copy and paste the following statement into your email. Don't forget to type in your name.

"I, [ type name here ], voluntarily donate the material in this email to the University of Alabama in Huntsville and understand it will be made available to the public for research. This material may be used or reproduced for educational and research purposes. I retain copyright to the donated material."