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University History: Constituting Documents & Name Changes


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University Archives

Alkek Library, Room 580


Research by appointment

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


The University Archives is physically located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library.  In-person and virtual research assistance is generally available Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days). 


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


To request virtual or in-person assistance, please Ask an Archivist


Constituting Documents

Texas State University was founded in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School.  Through the years, the name has changed six times as the school grew and evolved.

The information on this page is provided for convenience.  Please note that this is not necessarily a comprehensive list.


Name Changes