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Special Collections & University Archives: Research Services & Guidelines

This is the webpage for UTRGV Special Collections & University Archives.
Special Collections & Archives reading rooms are closed to the public until further notice, which includes the temporary suspension of in-person research consultations and visits. 

Copyright Considerations

The University Library does not own the copyright in much of the material in its collection and is therefore unable to grant copyright permission to publish those items. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine copyright and other possible restrictions on reuse (e.g. publicity, privacy, moral rights) and to obtain proper permission when publishing or distributing materials found in these collections.

Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use. Please see our Digital Collections Rights and Usage Statement for more information.

Virtual Research Consultations

Our reading rooms are closed, but our staff can assist you remotely with your research request. Research consultations are available by appointment only by phone or video chat (Zoom, Skype, etc.).


After Your Consultation


Please use the following format for citation of archival materials used in research and publication:

[Title of Collection]; [item description], [dates]. [Number of Collection], Box [#], Folder [#], [name of item, e.g. Photograph of McAllen, 1951]. University Library, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, [Edinburg or Brownsville], Texas. 

Licensing and Reproductions

If you would like to use one or more of Special Collections & University Archives' resources for publication, whether in print or online, you must fill out a licensing and reproduction form. Please complete the Agreement for Use of Reproductions of Materials and email it as an attachment to Feel free to contact us for additional assistance or to address your questions and concerns.