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Special Collections & University Archives: Donating to Special Collections


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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Donating to UTRGV Special Collections & University Archives

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 audio tapes that focus on the Lower Rio Grande Valley and which help illustrate the history and culture of the area. If your materials fall in that category please call or e-mail (see the "Visit" section on the left-hand side of this page for contact information).

If you are donating a physical item, you can download and fill out the donation form (at the right-hand side of this page under the "Donate" section). Bring this form in with your donation. Special Collections & University Archives also accepts born digital materials, such as scans of photographs and letters. To submit a digital donation, you can put the donation on a flash drive or CD/DVD-ROM, or submit via the donation link to our Share Your Story Page directly to the library.

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:

Museum of South Texas History
Mission Historical Museum
Weslaco Museum
Historic Brownsville Museum
International Museum of Art and Science

Monetary donations

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.