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Collections & Archives

This list of special collections & archives across the Southwest continues to grow as we add records to our database. Check back frequently for updates or contact our Webmaster to suggest an addition.


Archives of Women of the Southwest
Documents the historical experience of women in the Southwest, with special emphasis on Dallas and North Texas, as well as a regional focus that includes Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and the Spanish Borderlands. Housed in the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University.

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
Maintains a large, diverse, and comprehensive collection which includes rare books, historical and literary manuscripts, the archives of Texas A&M University, original and printed works of art, and historic artifacts. Its collection strengths include military history, science fiction, Western Americana, 19th century American prints and illustrators, Texana, natural history, ornithology, nautical archaeology, the history of the university, and selected literary authors in addition to other subject areas.

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Facilitates research and sponsors programs on the historical development of the United States. Located at the University of Texas at Austin.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
One of the world's preeminent institutions for literacy and cultural research at the University of Texas at Austin.

Institute of Texan Cultures
An educational center located at the University of Texas at San Antonio dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the history and diverse cultures of Texas through exhibits, programs, and publications that encourage acceptance and appreciation of our differences as well as our common humanity.

Jerry Bywaters Special Collections
Contains materials from artists working in the first half of the 20th century that reflect the cultural history of the Southwest. Located at Southern Methodist University.

Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
The Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs digital collection contains a wide range of early Texas photography. The digitized images are from the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection, which contains approximately 4,200 photographs, ca. 1846-1945, and is held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
Established to preserve and make available for research the papers and memorabilia of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In addition, the library actively collects the papers of Johnson's contemporaries and conducts an oral history program designed to supplement the written record.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West. Nationally known for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of Fame.

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
Specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America, and on materials relating to Spanish-speaking peoples in the United States - a unit of the General Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.

Pearce Civil War Collection
Over 7,000 items housed in the Navarro College Archives documenting the northern and southern experience of the Civil War as well as its leaders, common soldiers, and residents. Included are letters from major military, political, and civic leaders as well as diaries and letters of the common soldier.

Pearce Western Art Collection
Works by new and established artists who represent the world of American Western Art housed at Navarro College.

Row-Barr Collection of Texas Currency
The Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency at the DeGolyer Library is the most comprehensive in the United States, representing thousands of notes, scrip, bonds, and other financial obligations, issued in Texas between the 1820s and 1890s.

Save Texas History
Texas General Land Office public awareness campaign to engage citizens in the preservation and conservation of the state's historic records, maps, surveys, and land titles.

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Collection of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, audio/visual media, and one of the largest oral history collections in Texas. Located at Texas Tech University.

Southwestern Writers Collection
Distinguished and steadily-growing archive at Texas State University charged with preserving, exhibiting, and providing access to the papers and artifacts of principal writers, filmmakers, and musicians of the Southwest.

Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper
Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper is a joint digital collections project between Southern Methodist University’s Central University Libraries' Bywaters Special Collections and norwick Center for Digital Services; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Dallas Public Library’s Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Books Division.

Texas General Land Office Archives & Records
Consists of land grant records and maps dating from the early 18th century relating to the passage of Texas public lands to private ownership. Contains records from the earliest Spanish missions, Spanish, Mexican, and Republic of Texas land grants, family registers of early Texas settlers, original field notes and surveys, and more 20,000 maps and sketches of districts, counties, and towns dating from the 1820s.

Texas Music Collection
Works and artifacts covering a variety of Texas music, from country and Western Swing to blues, polka, rock and roll, conjunto, and Tejano. Located at Texas State University.

Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints
The Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection contains hundreds of photographic images, real photographic postcards, books, historic documents, and maps of Texas held by SMU’s DeGolyer Library. Each item includes information about Texas and Texas history.

Texas State Archives Map Collection
Contains original, photoreproduced, and compiled maps covering the period from the early seventeenth through the late twentieth centuries.

University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections and Archives
Preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of San Antonio and South Texas, the Southwestern United States, Spanish Colonial Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest. Part of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A 225 acre complex of 19th-century structures and modern facilities in northern Fayette County preserved to foster an understanding of Texas history and culture through research, teaching, and public service

Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography
Creative center and archives at Texas State University devoted to the photographic cultures of Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

New Mexico

Center for Southwest Research
The University of New Mexico General Library's special collections department and UNM's resource center for the comparative and interdisciplinary study of New Mexico and the Southwest.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art from Pre-Columbian to current time.

New Mexico State University Library Special Collections
Non-circulating published research materials including books, periodicals, maps and newspapers relating to the culture, environment, history, people and resources of New Mexico. Collection also includes materials focusing on the Southwest and the Borderlands.

Palace of the Governors
Originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest. Chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the region.

Rio Grande Historical Collections
Acquires, preserves, and makes available for research records of organizations, personal papers, and other unpublished materials relating to New Mexico and the adjacent Spanish Borderlands.

Southwest Collection at the New Mexico State Library
Advanced reference service for libraries and the public seeking historical information about New Mexico and its environs.

Southwest Collection at UNM-Los Alamos Library
Special collection of books and magazines covering a wide range of topics specific to the southwestern region of the United States.


Arizona Collection
Research repository containing primary and secondary source materials covering prehistoric Arizona to the present. Located at Arizona State University.

Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records
Provides access to unique historical and contemporary resources: archives of historical records in Arizona, library extension assistance to public libraries, library for the visually and physically disabled, museums on state government history and people of the state, public records management program, research and law library.

Arizona State Museum Library
A non-circulating research facility specializing in the archaeology and anthropology of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Collections are particularly rich in resources on southwestern indigenous cultures.


Lied Library Special Collections
Houses unique, rare, and specialized research material that documents the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

University of Nevada Special Collections and University Archives
Houses the following collections: Nevada and the Great Basin, Nevada Women's Archives, Great Basin Indian Collection, Women in the West, Book Arts Collection. Located at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Whitney Library Southwest Collection
Books and magazines for adults and children that pertain to the southwestern United States. Information on Southwestern arts, crafts, cooking, fauna, flora, geography, geology, ghost towns, history, pottery, petroglyphs, pueblos, poetry, photographs, and native peoples. (link pending)