Welcome to the digital collections of the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. This site features materials drawn from the wealth and diversity of items held by the Libraries. In addition to Library materials, we plan to include exhibits of collaborations with UTA faculty and students. The site contains representative images from several collections located at the University of Texas Libraries Special Collections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microform Special Collections
The microform holdings (microfilm and microfiche) in Special Collections include historical records for Texas cities and counties, historical Texas labor organizations’ newspapers and journals, and municipal, ecclesiastical, notary, and civil records spanning nearly four centuries of the history of Yucatan and Honduras.