Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Special Collections Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Special Collections.
Title: University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Special Collections Records
Inclusive Dates: 1986-1997
Abstract: The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections was founded in 1974 as the Special Collections Division, the direct result of a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins Garrett of Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett donated more than 10,000 books, documents, graphics, maps, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers, and pieces of sheet music. The university built rooms on the 6th floor of the Central Library to house this material, which focused on historical materials related to the history of Texas, Mexico, the Mexican War (1846-1848), and maps, which depicted the cartographic history of the Gulf of Mexico region and the greater Southwest. These official records of the UT Arlington Library Special Collections are comprised of grant proposals, subject files, monthly reports, job descriptions, staff meeting minutes, correspondence, acquisition files, annual reports, and Garrett Lecture files.
Identification: Unprocessed mss. 2009-96
Extent: 9 boxes (9.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections was founded in 1974 as the Special Collections Division, the direct result of a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins Garrett of Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett donated more than 10,000 books, documents, graphics, maps, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers, and pieces of sheet music. The university built rooms on the 6th floor of the Central Library to house this material, which focused on historical materials related to the history of Texas, Mexico, the Mexican War (1846-1848), and maps, which depicted the cartographic history of the Gulf of Mexico region and the greater Southwest. Special Collections’ collecting efforts have built upon the subject areas found in the initial donation from the Garretts, as demonstrated by significant acquisitions in several collecting areas. First, Texas History – in 1979, a room on the 6th floor was designed for the processing of the Robertson Colony Collection. Second, cartography – the Cartographic History Library was established in 1978, and was then supplemented by the donations of hundreds of maps from Mrs. Garrett in 1990 and 1997. On October 1 of the latter year, the Cartographic History Library was renamed the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library. Third, Spanish archives – since the early 1970s, the archivist in charge of this collecting area has conducted many microfilming projects in the Mexican state of Yucat'n and the Central American country of Honduras. Fourth, photograph collections – in 1984, Special Collections became the official repository of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; this initial donation included almost a million photographs and negatives, and vertical files and ephemeral materials. Other collecting areas were added to the department in 1981, when the administration of the library consolidated the Texas Labor Archives with Special Collections. The Texas Labor Archives, established in 1967, collects the records of the labor unions and their officials, as well as conducts oral history interviews with union leaders and rank-and-file union members. Other components of the archives include the University Archives and the Texas Political History Collection.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

These official records of the UT Arlington Library Special Collections are comprised of grant proposals, subject files, monthly reports, job descriptions, staff meeting minutes, correspondence, acquisition files, annual reports, and Garrett Lecture files.

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations
University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Special Collections--Archives
University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Special Collections--Records and correspondence
Alternate Titles
University Archives

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

00111AR219: University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Division of Archives and Manuscripts Records (1967-1979)

Unprocessed mss. 91-52: University of Texas at Arlington, Libraries, Special Collections Division, records (1976-1989)

Unprocessed mss. 92-7: University of Texas at Arlington, Libraries, Special Collections Division, records (1987-1991)

Unprocessed mss. 96-31: University of Texas at Arlington, Libraries, Special Collections Division, records (1985-1994)

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Citation

University of Texas at Arlington. Library. Special Collections Records , Unprocessed mss. 2009-96, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Transfer, unknown date.

Accessioned as number 2009-96.

Return to the Table of Contents