The Special Collections held at M. Louis Salmon Library at the University of Alabama in Huntsville shelter a wealth of information pertaining to the history of the university. This history has many aspects, ranging from the political to the scientific. Within Special Collections, the section known as Archives houses the theses and dissertations produced within the university, the history and operation of the university, the Bob Jones Collection, rare books, and the many valuable research reports produced within the university. The Bob Jones collection reflects the political efforts of former Congressman Bob Jones, who represented North Alabama's fifth Congressional District for thirty years (1947-1976).
Special Collections is also home to the world-renowned Space Collection. The history and development of the space program is preserved in a unique collection of documents and books. From the documentation of Saturn V rocket history to the works of Willy Ley, and now with the new Skylab collection, the space effort is both celebrated and preserved for future generations.