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Researching Departmental Histories
Need to find the history of your department (or college, or school)? It will likely take some research, as there aren't many existing departmental histories. Fortunately, many of our key resources are now digitized and available online.
Alkek Library, Room 580
Research by appointment
The University Archives is located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library. Research appointments are generally available Monday through Friday between 7:30am and 4:30pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days).
Research appointments are required 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. As a reminder, masks are required at all times while in the Alkek Library and in the University Archives.
For questions or assistance, please Ask an Archivist.
Primary resources for departmental history
Catalogs provide information about schools, departments, faculty, and courses taught. The publication also gives an overview of the physical plant, including mentions of new buildings.
The student yearbook, the Pedagog, is our primary resource for researching campus life. Content varies by decade, but often include photographs of faculty members, student groups, and buildings.
Photographs & news clippings
The University Archives holds some "people" files from the University News Service, dating from about the 1960s through the 1980s. To request information about individual faculty/staff members, e-mail University Archives with a list of names.
The Administration of John Garland Flowers
Time period: 1942-1964
This narrative begins with an overview of the history of the college to 1942, when Flowers became president. Remaining chapters describe the growth of the institution's academics and the physical plant during President Flowers' administration, 1942-1964.
Fifty Years of Teacher Education
This 50-year history of Texas State includes information about the early campus, such as when Riverside (now Sewell Park) was leased from the federal government, when we acquired other properties, etc.
Beacon on the Hill: Southwest Texas State University, 1903-1978
The second official history was written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the school in the fall of 1903. The book contains information about faculty, administrators, and the development of the university.
Up the Hill, Down the Years
The 100th anniversary history of Texas State University. Includes information about the history of academic and administrative departments.