UTA Libraries’ Special Collections Shares Historical Maps, Photographs, Publications, Manuscripts and More

A chuck wagon campfire with President Theodore Roosevelt. (Courtesy photo)

By Mandy Dietz

With a mission to collect and preserve historical materials such as rare maps, pictures, newspapers and magazines, hand-written letters, political papers, state documents and so much more, the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries has created a central resource for all to enjoy.

Together with the help of other universities and libraries, colleges, historical and genealogical societies, museums, businesses and private collectors, UTA offers access to a wealth of precious information.

It features approximately fifty thousand volumes, ten thousand linear feet of manuscript and archival collections, ten thousand historical maps, five million photographic prints and negatives, and thousands of other items in alternative formats.

Some things are centuries-old, including a 1493 map.

Although primarily dedicated to North Central Texas, Special Collections’ materials relate to people and places worldwide.

It’s comprised of print, map, historical manuscript and Spanish language collections, plus a Texas political history collection, photographs and graphics, and Texas labor and university archives. To read more pick up the January 2016 issue of NTFR.2016