Special Collections

Special Collections at UTA Libraries was founded in 1974 as the Special Collections Division, the direct result of a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins Garrett of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Screen shot of Graphic Atlas

May 18 2018

Resources for Identifying Graphic Materials

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory devoted to preservation research. IPI provides many resources and tools for cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums to enable the preservation of image collections and material culture.

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Drawn to Politics The editorial Art of Etta Hulme

January 16 2018

Drawn to Politics

Newly added to the vast holdings of the Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington is the work of long-time Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial cartoonist Etta Hulme. Gifted to the University from the Hulme family, this collection consists of over ten thousand original cartoons, sket

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Mother-Daughter banquet. Mrs. Frank M. Martin and Miss Mary Martin

August 17 2017

UTA Libraries Awarded $25,000 TexTreasures Grant to Digitize World War II Photo Negatives

UTA Libraries will scan 15,000 negatives from its Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photographic Collection thanks to a $25,000 TexTreasures grant awarded by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

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The Compass Rose Logo

August 16 2017

Largest release of digital catalog records in history

Before computers and Google, if you wanted to find a book about the Alamo, or search for materials related to the Texas Revolution, you found yourself digging into a card catalog.

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United Livestock Handlers preparing for a packinghouse strike in 1946

Texas Labor Archives

The Texas Labor Archives contain material from hundreds of union locals and labor councils, statewide labor organizations, union political groups, district and regional offices of international unions, and legal firms specializing in labor law, as well as the personal papers of union officials.   

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Collage of portraits from Tejano Voices website

Texas Political History Collection

These collections concentrate on political officials from North and Central Texas. They include papers of Texas office holders, a series of interviews by Dr. Allan Saxe with prominent Arlington politicians, and interviews conducted by Dr. José Gutiérrez focusing on Mexican-American leaders in Texas.

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upclose image of Map of Mexico in Special Collections

Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library

The Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, established in 1978, includes thousands of maps and atlases, dating from 1493 to the present, making UTA second only to the Library of Congress in the extent and quality of its maps relating to Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean.

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