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University History: FAQs



COVID-19 Update

The University Archives is currently open for in-person and virtual assistance.  Note that research appointments are required

For those who would prefer to research remotely, we will continue to provide virtual assistance.  To request a research appointment, request a Zoom consultation, or to ask questions about University History in general, please complete the Ask an Archivist form. We are happy to talk with you via e-mail or Zoom - let us know how we can help with your research.

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.  Research appointments at Alkek or the ARC 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.  Masks are encouraged while in the Alkek Library and in the University Archives. 


For questions or assistance, please Ask an Archivist.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I make an appointment with the University Archives?

A:  Our new website includes a form to Request a Research Appointment.   Please explain a bit about the topic you wish to research so that an archivist can identify materials that may support the research topic.  Appointments are based on staff and space availability.

Q: I need a catalog from the years when I attended Texas State.  Can you send me one?

A:  While the University Archives does not distribute copies of historical University publications, the course catalogs are now available in Digital Collections. 

Q: I need information for a paper I'm writing.  Will you send me the information I need via e-mail?

A:  Historical research is the same as any other kind of academic research - it requires time and effort to review the information available and make decisions about what is relevant to the assignment.  If a simple fact is needed, the archives may be able to provide that information via e-mail.  However, most historical research requires a hands-on approach.  Ask an Archivist about resources that relate to your topic and let you know if you will need to make a research appointment.

Q: Can I buy a yearbook (the Pedagog)?

A:  The University Archives collects yearbooks for preservation in the collection, but does not hold extras to sell.  The Pedagog is now accessible online, and bound issues are available for use in the general collection and in the University Archives.  (If you are interested in owning a yearbook, we have noticed that Pedagogs are occasionally available for purchase on eBay.)