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Man standing in front of car with hand painted letters: Donated for Hitler's Last Ride

Welcome to the new digital collections of the UTA Libraries, featuring materials drawn from the wealth and diversity of items held by the Libraries. The site contains representative images from several collections located in Special Collections. This new version contains 30,000 images from the original version plus over 20,000 new scans created after October 2017.

Users are encouraged to use the new version of the UTA Digital Gallery to take advantage of the enhanced search features and additional images. This original version will remain online through at least the end of January 2018. After that time, the new version will become the only publicly-available edition of the Digital Gallery.

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US Mexico War Image

The U.S. - Mexico War (1846-1848) is the largest and most significant conflict ever fought between two nations in the western hemisphere. Learn more about this historical event by browsing source materials from Mexico and the United States such as proclamations, graphics, letters, and diaries.

Berachah Home

The Berachah Home was established in Arlington, Texas, on May 14, 1903, by the Rev. J. T. Upchurch and his wife, Maggie Mae, as the Berachah Industrial Home for the Redemption of Erring Girls. It was operated under various names as an establishment for homeless, usually pregnant girls, in part by the Berachah Society in Dallas as part of the Nazarene Church.

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JMS Image

Read about the birds of North Texas in these Fort Worth Telegram newspaper columns written by bird enthusiast Jessie Maye Smith. Her weekly column, which ran from 1953 to 1974, chronicles the winged wild life of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

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Cartographic Image

This collection provides access to historic maps of Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the Southwestern United States. The collection contains maps dating from the 1500s through the 1900s as well as resources for teachers and students.

antique map

Cartographic History Collections

The Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, established in 1978, includes thousands of maps and atlases, dating from 1493 to the present, and features works of noted cartographers such as Martin Waldseemüller, Abraham Ortelius, Willem and Joann Blaeu, Vincenzo Coronelli, Guillaume DeL’isle, and Alexander von Humboldt. Special Collections continues to acquire maps, books, and atlases relating to the history of cartography with special emphasis upon Texas and North American exploration and settlement.

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train staition: half in black & white, half in color

Fort Worth, past and present, through the lens of W.D. Smith and the curators at the UT Arlington Library .. visit the Fort Worth Evolution digital collection and exhibition.

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researchers using historical manuscripts

Historical Manuscripts Collections

The historical manuscripts collections focus primarily on 19th and 20th century Texas and Mexican history and the U.S. War with Mexico.  They are primarily personal papers, family collections, and organizational records. In addition, special emphasis is on materials from the North Texas area and surrounding counties as well as counties once part of the Robertson Colony, a 19th century empresario venture that brought U.S. immigrants to Texas.

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Medallion with text

A joint project of the UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts and the University Libraries, the Maverick Veterans’ Voices Oral History Project honors and preserves the experiences of the men and women of the UT Arlington community who have served in any branch of the United States Military.

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