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Special Collections & University Archives: Digital Collections

This is the webpage for UTRGV Special Collections & University Archives.

UTRGV has digitized more than 24,000 items, including local and regional publications, rare books, faculty publications, photographs, maps, correspondence, and more, including the featured collections below. More digitized materials can be found at our Digital Collections and Institutional Repository.

Archivo General de la Nacion (Maps): 17 digitized maps, courtesy of the Summerlee Foundation, from the Archivo General. Maps are of Colonial Mexico and Texas, and are dated from 1700 - 1851.

Casa Mata Museum & Archives Collection: These items are digitized from the collection of the Casa Mata Museum and Archives in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Included are some American military records saved by the mayors of Matamoros. All materials are owned by the Casa Mata Museum and Archives in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
El Sol: Student newspaper from Pan American University and later the University of Texas Pan American. El Sol focused on Mexican American issues. The digitized newspaper runs from 1976 - 1992. John H. Shary Collection: Selected letters, photographs, and speeches from the John H. Shary Collection. Shary was one of the most influential developers in the Rio Grande Valley, and is in many ways the father of the citrus industry in South Texas.

Kika de la Garza Congressional Papers: Selected newsletters and news releases from the Kika de la Garza Congressional Papers.  Kika de la Garza served as Congressman for the 15th Congressional District of Texas from 1965-1996. This digitization project was funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

La Guerra de Texas y La Guerra Mexico-Estados Unidos: Documents in Spanish related to the War with Texas in 1835, and the Mexican–American War of 1846-1848. Digitized through a collaborative effort between Mexico's Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriories and the University of Texas-Pan American, funded by the Summerlee Foundation.

Una guía para la colección and an English translation are available.

Rio Grande Valley Oral HistoriesHundreds of digitized oral histories are available for download or online streaming, including interviews with Valley residents about a large assortment of topics, including immigration, the Great Depression, military service, ranching, the Mexican Revolution, education, Mexico, agriculture, border violence, baseball, the Bracero program, and much more.


School Yearbooks and Publications: A collection of yearbooks and other publications from local high schools. Materials date from 1918 and forward. 

UT Rio Grande Valley Regional History Series: An important serial publication started by Pan American University at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, and now continued by the history department of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, these publications offer essays about various fascinating historical topics regarding the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico.