The Austin College Department of Archives and Special Collections is located on the second floor of Abell Library. It is the goal of the Archives to make the collection more accessible and useful for student, faculty, staff, and guest researchers. Please explore this guide to learn more about the collection, explore newly added finding aids, and view policies regarding access.
Contact Emily Eldridge, Library Associate for Archives and Resource Sharing, with questions related to the archives or to schedule an appointment. Appointments ensure that the research room is properly staffed and that the requested material is both available and in usable condition. Appointments are only available during the times listed below. Circumstances occasionally arise that may alter availability, so please contact the college archivist with any questions.
|Monday-Friday||By appointment only during regular business hours|
|Saturday & Sunday||CLOSED|
The Austin College Archives and Special Collections is a unique department within Abell Library.
It is the vision of Austin College Archives and Special Collections to continuously provide unexpected learning opportunities for all constituencies of the institution.
The Austin College Archives and Special Collections exists to identify, preserve, and make accessible records in any format, papers, rare books, and artifacts of enduring value. Its mission is twofold:
To collect, preserve, and make accessible historically significant documents and other materials that pertain to the college and that were created or received by the college and its employees.
To collect, preserve, and make accessible documents and materials of enduring value that may not relate to the college but that support the academic mission of the college.
The Archivist and staff of the Archives actively seek, identify and acquire historically significant materials in the following categories:
The deposit, transfer, or donation of records and other materials to the Archives is made according to specific procedures established by the Archivist. In the case of deposit of College records, the office or individual of origin does not relinquish control of the materials. In the case of transfer of College records for permanent retention at the Archives, the office or individual of origin relinquishes all rights to the materials. In cases where the materials are donated to the College, the donor usually relinquishes all rights, including copyright and literary rights. Donor restrictions are acceptable in special cases as determined by the Archivist.
Austin College Archives seeks donations of written, visual, and audible records that come within the scope of the Collections Policy. The Archives prefers to receive materials as gifts, although, under special circumstances, loans may be arranged. All donations will become part of the Archives for use in exhibits and for research by historians, students, and faculty. The Archives requires that a donor agreement be executed assigning all right and title to Austin College, including copyright and literary rights. Archival holdings are generally open to interested users. Therefore, the donor should discuss any sensitive material with the archivist at the time of the donation. Should the donor wish to reserve certain rights or place conditions on the gift, he or she should discuss terms of the donation with the Archivist prior to signing a donor agreement.
Some donors may be able to claim tax deductions for the value of their gifts. In such cases donors will need to obtain an independent appraisal. Although Archives staff does not make appraisals, the Archivist may be able to provide the names of professional appraisers. Donations may be made by contacting the College Archivist, Suite 6L, Sherman, TX 75090, (903) 813-2557.
The Department of Archives and Special Collections has provided the following finding aids to assist you in your research. As additional finding aids are encoded, they will be added to this page.
The Department of Archives and Special Collections invites you to explore the virtual exhibits listed below. Like exhibits in a gallery or museum, these virtual exhibits may change periodically.
There are three types of collections in the Special Collections and Archives in Abell Library. To learn more about these collections, please click on the links below.
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