Brownsville Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
(by special appointment only)
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
Do you have interesting artifacts from your family or from collecting over the years that you think we would be interested in? We collect original documents, such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, videos, and audiotapes that focus on the Lower Rio Grande Valley and which help illustrate the history and culture of the area. Please see our Donation Policy below for further information.
We do not generally collect museum items, such as clothing, tools, toys, or other objects. These have their own unique requirements for proper preservation and conservation. Please contact area museums directly:
The UTRGV Library Archives is a non-profit organization. Preparing materials for use by researchers is the most expensive operation in a repository. Although financial gifts are rarely a prerequisite for the acceptance of a collection, donors who can also assist repositories with financial support are encouraged to do so. Donors' financial gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can help the UTRGV Library Archives pay for the arrangement, cataloging, and conservation of their donated personal materials. A donor may earmark financial gifts for immediate use by the UTRGV Library Archives or, to provide long term financial support, the donor may donate funds to establish an endowment. Gifts to an endowment are invested long term; income is disbursed annually from the endowment to provide financial support to maintain and preserve the archived materials.
The University Library Special Collections & Archives is pleased to accept donations or memorial gifts that fit within our collection development policy provided no restrictions or conditions are placed upon their use.
Criteria for Acceptance. All donations require advance approval by the Head of Special Collections & Archives based on the following considerations:
Acknowledgment of Donations. Donors will receive written acknowledgment upon receipt of items with the exception of donations registered as anonymous.
Appraisals. All donations valued more than $500 will require a third-party appraisal of the materials prior to donation. The appraisal of a gift to the library for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor, and any and all appraisal costs will be borne by the donor. To protect all parties, the library, as an interested party, will not appraise Donations. The acceptance of a gift which has been apprised by a third, and disinterested party, does not in any way imply an endorsement of the appraisal by the library. Please note that donations valued over $500 will require submission of the IRS 8283 "Noncash Charitable Contributions” for charitable contributions federal deduction tax form.
Delivery. Donation materials are only accepted at designated locations upon prior approval of the Head of Special Collections & Archives, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 956-665-5288:
Pickup. The library does not pick-up donations. It is the donor's responsibility to deliver donations upon prior approval of the Head of Special Collections & Archives.