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Welcome to the Austin College Archives and Special Collections


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 Us

Phone: 903-813-2557

Fax: 903-813-2297



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.

Day Times
Monday-Friday By appointment only during regular business hours
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

Vision and Mission Statement

The Austin College Archives and Special Collections is a unique department within Abell Library.


Vision Statement

It is the vision of Austin College Archives and Special Collections to continuously provide unexpected learning opportunities for all constituencies of the institution.


Mission Statement

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:


College Archives

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. 


Special Collections

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. 

Archive Policies

Collections Policy

The Archivist and staff of the Archives actively seek, identify and acquire historically significant materials in the following categories: 

  1. College administrative records, including, but not limited to: correspondence, memoranda, minutes, summary financial records, academic research, curriculum, contracts, reports, subject files, published materials, photographs, and any other material generated or received by the administrative and academic offices of the College in the conduct of their business.
  2. Materials that document the life of the College community, including student activities, alumni organizations, organization of faculty and administrators, and other College related groups. Such materials are essential complements to official College Records. They may take a variety of forms, including books, news clippings, manuscripts, maps and posters, motion picture films, audio and video tape, and artifacts and objects.
  3. The personal and professional papers of prominent people associated with the College, including College officers, faculty, students, alumni, and benefactors. These manuscript collections may include materials relating to issues of historical significance outside higher education as well as professional academic activities, research and teaching, and educational theories and practices during the lifetime of the college. This collecting area also extends to the papers of individuals and organizations where the subject matter of the collection is particularly relevant to the history of the College, institutions of higher learning and intellectual life in America, particularly Texas and the Southwest, and the community in which the College lives.

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. 

Donations Policy

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. 

Finding Aids

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.  

Austin College Reveille

Bud Price Collection

Crossroads Africa Collection

Institutional Planning and Research Records

Kenneth Street Papers: Community Service Program

Lynn Landrum Collection

Program Management Records

Student Assembly Records

Texas Presbyterian College Papers

T. Smith and Company Papers

Virtual Exhibits

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. 

Austin College's Military History

Of Service and Sacrifice

Austin College: Move to Sherman

If Walls Could Talk: Lost Buildings of Austin College


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.

Special Collections

Manuscript Collections

Photographic Collections


Austin College


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