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University History: Campus in times of war


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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


World War I and the Great Depression

Many archival resources related to the First World War, also known as the Great War (1914-1918) and the Great Depression (1929-1939) are available in electronic format.  Some resources may require a visit to the University Archives to view the material.

Presidential biographies and university histories are excellent sources of information about the campus; see the main tab for Historical Topics and Time Periods for links to these items. 

World War II

Related Research Guides

The campus and students in time of war

The links on this page are NOT a comprehensive list of resources - they are provided as a sample for starting your research.  Many other resources are available in the Alkek Library.  For assistance with archival resources, please contact the University Archives.

Archival Resources

The University Archives holds official university records, donated materials from friends and alumni, and subject files related to various buildings, property, programs, and events.  Researchers interested in in-depth study may find these materials to be a rich source of information. 

Prior to making an appointment, please send an e-mail with the specific research request so that staff can determine if there are relevant materials in the archives.  Researchers are also welcome to schedule an initial reference consultation with an archivist to discuss research needs.  Please remember that while some topics are well-documented there are still many gaps in our historical record.