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University History: Alumni House


Alumni House

Known as the Alumni House for many years, the building that now houses the Center for Student Retention has a long history.  It served as a boarding house for SWT students before residence halls were constructed (the first of which was built in the 1930s).  The house was relocated a few hundred yards from it's original site in the 1960s, and LBJ reminisced about living there when he was a student.

In the 2000s, the University researched paint chips to determine the house's original colors as part of a restoration process.

Contact Information

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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


Alumni House