Special Collections documents the history of the North Texas region visually in its millions of negatives, thousands of prints and slides, hundreds of glass plate negatives, and a selection of daguerreotypes. Notable image collections are the photo archives of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and of commercial photographers W.D. Smith, Jack White, Squire Haskins, and Basil Clemons. The collections of J.W. Dunlop and the Arlington Citizen-Journal focus on Arlington history.
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.
The UTA Libraries Special Collections Division has partnered with researchers Kevin Randle, David Rudiak, Simon Schollum, and Jerry Morelock to document and disseminate photographic assets held by the Libraries related to the Roswell UFO incident of 1947. At the time, the object in question, said to be a weather balloon, was flown to the Fort Worth Army Air Field where reporters saw and photographed the material.
This ground-breaking collection features personal recollections of over 100 Tejanos and Tejanas, and their struggle against racial discrimination in post-World War II Texas. Read their histories and listen to their triumphs and trials spoken in their own words.
The Texas Disability History Collection emphasizes the pioneering role played by a racially and ethnically diverse cast of Texan disability rights activists, many of whom attended or have worked at UT Arlington, in fighting for equal access to education, work, union membership, public transit, and sports.
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.
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.
Browse over 250 photographic negatives and prints from the Fort Worth company W.D. Smith Commercial Photography. The images in this collection showcase the development of Fort Worth and Tarrant County from the 19th century through the 1950s.