The Special Collections print collection includes books, printed graphics, broadsides, newspapers, sheet music, and periodicals. These are primarily historical materials related to the history of Texas, the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848), and Mexican political history between 1810 and 1920. The collection also includes local community histories, biographies, and literature written by Texas authors. Materials are also included from the general collection, which are in need of conservation and protection because of their fragility, format, or intrinsic value.
Reading Resources Collection
Reading Resources gathers materials to support the teacher preparation curricula offered by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the children’s and young adult literature courses offered by the English Department. Fiction and nonfiction books written for children and young adults along with representative samples of K-12 textbooks currently approved for use in Texas schools are included.
Texas Labor Archives
The labor archives contain archival material from hundreds of union locals and labor councils, statewide labor organizations, union political groups, district and regional offices of international unions, and legal firms specializing in labor law, as well as the personal papers of union officials. Collections range in date from 1870 to the present. Augmenting the archival collections are oral history interviews with more than 200 men and women union leaders or labor activists.
Texas Political History Collection
The political history collections in Special Collections concentrate on 20th century political officials from the North and Central Texas area. As well as the papers of Texas office holders, the collections include a series of interviews by Dr. Allan Saxe with prominent Arlington politicians and interviews conducted by Dr. José Gutiérrez focusing on Mexican-American leaders in Texas.
Texas State Documents
These publications, created by Texas state government agencies and institutions, provide current and historical information to researchers, students, businesses, and the general public.
As part of Special Collections, the University Archives strives to preserve those documents of historical significance that reflect the University’s origins and development, in addition to the achievements of its officers, faculty, staff , students, and alumni. These materials shed light on student life and on the academic experience at UTA.