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University History: Example


Example: City Hall and Fire Station

This page is an example of the types of historical information available for a site / event.  There is no single source that tells the full story, so you will need to read through the resources and determine what story you want to tell.

The City Hall and Fire Station building is over 100 years old, and there are many stories that happen over time.  Reading through the items linked in the documents section, I found the following stories:

  • 1915 - built to serve the needs of the City (describe the functions housed here)
  • 1922 - Jack the fire dog (tell the story about the mascot and why there is a memorial)
  • 1984 - Building purchased and renovated to be a recording studio (tell the story of the people who bought and renovated the building)
  • 1991 - Purchased by Texas State (provide information about the current purpose of the building)


Remember that you cannot tell the ENTIRE story - 100 years of history is too much.  Chose one story to tell, include n a date so your users will know when the story takes place, and be sure be accurate and factual with the information you present.

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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). 


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