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Special Collections & University Archives: Brownsville History

Welcome to our LibGuide! Use the pages here to learn more about our department and research collections.

Archival & Digital Collections

UTRGV History Harvest

This is an ongoing collection combining History Harvests from both Edinburg and Brownsville campuses. The objective of these History Harvests is to create a community collection from the area's families documenting local, regional, and national history to be held at the UTRGV University Library and made available for research, teaching, and educational exhibitions.

Participants agree to give unconditional permission to publish items online. This collection consists of life in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico. Agriculture, architecture, businesses, customs, festivities, maps, military, sports, and transportation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley are some of the most prominent subjects.

RGV Oral Histories

The Rio Grande Valley Oral History Collection consists of over 500 digitized oral histories recorded and collected by faculty, staff, students, and community members and donated to the University Library.  Oral histories provide unique, and in many instances, otherwise unavailable written information, and as such provide valuable insight into life in the region, including immigration, military service, ranching, education, agriculture, border violence, sports, and much more. Users can search for specific terms within the collection to find interviews of interest.

UTRGV & TSC Regional History Series

UTRGV & TSC Regional History Series. Explore the rich historical heritage of the Rio Grande Valley. The series includes articles written by scholars from a variety of institutions across the United States and Northern Mexico. ISSN: 2691-1825

Robert Runyon Photograph Collection (1907-2008) at UT-Austin's Briscoe Center

Digital & Born Digital Collections

Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI)


The research guides compiled by UTRGV staff and students are intended to assist patrons who are embarking upon new research endeavors. Our goal is to expand their knowledge of the types of resources available on a given topic, including books, archival materials, and websites. In so doing, our compilers have taken care to include collections, digital items, and resources that may be accessed not only through UTRGV but also via other institutions, repositories, and websites.

We wholeheartedly respect the research interests of others. Therefore, please contact us if you wish to submit a resource for consideration, or if you have a question about or an issue with a specific cited resource.

Books on Brownsville History

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Popular Books on the History of Brownsville

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