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University History: FAQs


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University Archives

Alkek Library, Room 580


Research by appointment

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm


The University Archives is located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library.  Research appointments are generally available Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days).


Research appointments are encouraged to allow time for retrieval of offsite materials and to reserve research space.  Walk-in assistance is dependent on staff and space availability, as researchers with appointments are given priority.


For questions or assistance, please Ask an Archivist.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I make an appointment with the University Archives?

A:  Our new website includes a form to Request a Research Appointment.   Please explain a bit about the topic you wish to research so that an archivist can identify materials that may support the research topic.  Appointments are based on staff and space availability.

Q: I need a catalog from the years when I attended Texas State.  Can you send me one?

A:  While the University Archives does not distribute copies of historical University publications, the course catalogs are now available in Digital Collections. 

Q: I need information for a paper I'm writing.  Will you send me the information I need via e-mail?

A:  Historical research is the same as any other kind of academic research - it requires time and effort to review the information available and make decisions about what is relevant to the assignment.  If a simple fact is needed, the archives may be able to provide that information via e-mail.  However, most historical research requires a hands-on approach.  Ask an Archivist about resources that relate to your topic and let you know if you will need to make a research appointment.

Q: Can I buy a yearbook (the Pedagog)?

A:  The University Archives collects yearbooks for preservation in the collection, but does not hold extras to sell.  The Pedagog is now accessible online, and bound issues are available for use in the general collection and in the University Archives.  (If you are interested in owning a yearbook, we have noticed that Pedagogs are occasionally available for purchase on eBay.)