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Special Collections & University Archives: Haunted History of the Valley

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Summary: Haunted History of the RGV

RGV Haunted History Research Guide

The purpose of this research guide is to provide a brief overview of resources available at the University Library relating to the haunted history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Primary sources include folktales from the Border Studies Archive and newspaper clippings and related stories saved as Reference Files. The guide also links to books and external resources.

UTRGV Special Collections & Archives provides general educational information on the history, development, traditions, and activities of south Texas and northeastern Mexico, including urban legends and folktales. We endeavor to promote academic excellence and respect for a variety of viewpoints, opinions, and lived experiences of others.

Resources for Haunted History Research

Collections in Edinburg

Ghost Stories, Series 7. Reference Files, ELIBR-0062. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Reference files typically include clippings from newspapers and newsletters, or publications and materials relating to marketing and tourism.

Traditional Mexican American Folklore, Folktales. University Library, Border Studies Archive, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas. Begun by Dr. Mark Glazer in the mid-1980s, this renowned bilingual collection features over 100,000 items, including folk beliefs, proverbs, folktales, traditional recipes, jokes, riddles, and much more. These holdings continue to grow through community donations.

Student Newspapers on ScholarWorks

Search past issues of The Rider. The Rider is the official student newspaper of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The newspaper is widely distributed on campus and off campus in Brownsville and Edinburg, Texas. Views presented are those of writers and do not reflect those of the paper or university.

Browse past issues (i.e. October issues) of The Collegian. The Collegian was the student newspaper at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Published two times during the school year by the students of Brownsville Junior College. The final issue printed by UTB was published on April 27, 2015.

Browse or search past issues of The Pan American. The Pan American was the primary student newspaper of the University of Texas–Pan American. The last issue was published on July 16, 2015.

Map of Haunted Places & Spaces in the RGV

YouTube Videos for Local Hauntings

Books from our catalog

Quick Links

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