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Special Collections & University Archives: About Us


Brownsville Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

(by special appointment only)


Contact Us

(956) 882-7968

Edinburg Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Thursday
8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Sunday - Monday

Contact Us

(956) 665-2726

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Current Exhibits

2nd Floor Wall Gallery:

Summer Stay-cation 

3rd Floor Wall Gallery:

Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives

3rd Floor Gallery Cases:


1st Floor Library Lobby:

Summer Stay-cation 

1st Floor Wall Gallery:

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What are the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections & University Archives?

UTRGV's Special Collections & University Archives collect and make accessible to researchers primary source (original) materials such a correspondence, business files, maps, and photographs from local people and businesses which illustrate the history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Northeast Mexico. Our collections consist of over 25,000 books, newspapers, and journals, and over an estimated 1 million archival items.

We are also the archives of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and as such we steward the output of the university: its publications, research, correspondence, and related publicity.

Special Collections & University Archives have two offices; one on UTRGV's Brownsville campus and one on the Edinburg campus.

Who can use Special Collections & Archives?

Anybody can use Special Collections & Archives. We are open by appointment or walk-in, though contacting us ahead of your visit is encouraged. Please call us at 956.882.7968 (Brownsville) or 956.665.2726 (Edinburg), or email us at for assistance. 

Our items are unique and many cannot be replaced if damaged, lost, or stolen. It is our goal to keep these documents safe for you and all future researchers. For this reason, we have guidelines and restrictions on use. Please read our Guidelines for User Access for more information about visiting the Archives.

In general, we can transfer books from our holdings, including rare books, between campus offices, but as a matter of policy we do not transfer archival items (things like photographs, ledgers, correspondences, slides, and other unique items). Researchers will need to visit the campus at which archival items are stored to view those materials.

Do you have any resources scanned and available online?

We do! Special Collections & University Archives have our materials on two platforms: UTRGV's Digital Collections and UTRGV's Institutional Repository. Resources on these platforms can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, and are keyword searchable.