Special Collections and Archives

As a component of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Library, Special Collections & University Archives plays a critical role in the commitment of UTRGV to academic excellence in a balanced program of research and service. The collections provide documentation which supports the research of the history, development, traditions, and activities of south Texas and northeastern Mexico. Its main feature is to facilitate scholarship by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible regional information through published and original archival materials to students, faculty, and visiting scholars, both in person and digitally.


Browse the Special Collections and Archives Collections:

Acca L. Colby Purdy Correspondence (Brownsville, Matamoros)

Alfonso Loredo Flores Collection (1971 Pharr Riots)

Ambrosio Villarreal Postcard Collection (Brownsville)

Archivo General de la Nación Maps

Barry Horn Postcard Collection (Brownsville)

Cartes de Visite Historical Photographs

Casa Mata Museum and Archives Collection (Matamoros)

Cayetano E. Barrera's Vietnam War Photograph Collection

Cheryl Shepherd's Ten Tragic Days Collection (Mexican Revolution)

Chicano Serials (Newspapers)

Church Records

Edcouch-Elsa High School Walkout 50th Anniversary Collection

El Gobernador (Tamaulipas)

Enrique Perales Jasso Collection

Fort Brown Aerials

Fort Brown Maps

Fort Brown Mexican Border War Scrapbook

Fort Brown Quartermaster's Ledger

Frances Isbell Collection

Gabriel Esteban Carrizales Jr. Collection (La Joya Coyotes)

Gulf Coast Magazine

Henry K. Beard Pipe Organ Plans

Hidalgo County Historical Collection

Hidalgo County Official Records

History Harvests

"Hometown Teams" Reception Collection (Sports)

Hurricane Beulah

Jesus Bazán and Antonio Longoria Marker Dedication Ceremony

John H. Shary Collection

John R. Peavey Scrapbook

KBOR José Cantú Memorial Album

Kika de la Garza Congressional Papers

La Guerra de Texas y La Guerra Mexico - Estados Unidos

Leonard Greenwalt Collection

Lower Rio Grande Valley Curated Material

Lower Rio Grande Valley Maps

Lucy Tijerina Family Collection

Manuel Garcia Mexican Folk Songs Collection

Manuel Hinojosa Mexican War Collection


Miscellaneous photograph collection - Brownsville

Miscellaneous photograph collection - Edinburg

Missouri Pacific Brownsville Depot Collection

Mr. Amigo Posters (Brownsville)

Museums of Port Isabel Collection

Nat Dickey's Photographic Views of the LRGV

Palo Alto/Mexican War Research Collection

PSJA Yearbooks

Public Heritage Lecture Series

Rene Torres Collection

RGV Promotional Literature Collection

Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands

Rio Grande Research Group for Language and Linguistics Series

Rio Grande Valley 20th Century Studio Photographs Collection

Rio Grande Valley - Oral Histories

riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature

Rondel V. Davidson Endowed Lecture Series

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Sea Turtle Conservation Collection

Stories From Texas

Tampico Affair Collection

University Archives – Legacy Publications

William Hudson Mexican War Lithograph Collection

Yturria Family Photographs Collection