The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV University Library Division of Academic Affairs

Special Collections & Archives

Contact us at:

Email: archives@utrgv.edu

Brownsville: (956) 882-7968

Edinburg: (956) 665-2726

The Special Collections & Archives holds primary source (original) materials such a correspondence, business files, maps, and photographs from local people and businesses. Please contact the archivist for an appointment to review any materials.

Special Collections & Archives at Brownsville

Special Collections & Archives at Edinburg

About Us

Our Guidelines for User Access include information on registration, rules for handling the materials, making copies, and other information you will need for a visit to the Special Collections & Archives.

If you are interested in donating materials, please see the Society of American Archivists Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository for more specifics on what can be donated and what archivists do.

Finding Aids "aid" researchers in locating materials from our collections by making them accessible through creator, title, keyword, and other search strategies. In this database, you can go directly to a collection, browse our collections, search by keyword, etc.

Our digital collections, located here and here contain unique electronic resources.

Scrapbook from Kika de la Garza's Papers

Eligio “Kika” de la Garza’s Congressional Papers were processed with grant funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The collection (1965-1996) contains materials that cover agriculture, rural economic development, social programs, education, civil rights, health care, and more. Additionally, there are materials pertaining to the development of infrastructure along the Texas-Mexico Border and U.S. Mexico border relations. The Papers are arranged by series and subseries.

Scrapbook from Kika de la Garza's Papers
John Shary, ca 1930's

John H. Shary Collection consists of business and personal papers of John H. Shary, from approximately 1915-2001. Shary was a successful business man and land developer in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The largest series contains correspondence and documents for the United Irrigation Company. This large collection contains correspondence, internal memos, legal documents, maps, blueprints, and newspaper & magazine clippings. The papers are arranged by series and subseries.

John Shary, ca 1930's

Other Collections:

Carl Seale Collection (1961-2008) Professor of Music at The University of Texas-Pan American from January 1972 until his retirement in May 2001. Seale was Music Director/Conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and elected Conductor Emeritus by the Valley Symphony Orchestra of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He composed the 1996 winning composition of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Contest, "The Flight of Icarus."

Paul Henggeler (1960-1994) Professor of History at The University of Texas-Pan American. Henggeler authored two books focusing on the Kennedy era. His collection primarily contains research materials and interviews for the book The Kennedy Persuasion: The Politics of Style Since JFK. Includes papers for his third book After the Harvest: The Rise and Fall of Cesar Chavez.

Vela Family (2006) Materials for Vela family consists of the first Schunior Family Reunion held in McAllen, Texas June 30 - July 2, 2006 (the Schunior family is one branch of the Vela Family) and includes promotional materials made expressly for the reunion, as well as visitor information about area attractions.

Hidalgo County Records Collection (1844-1985) The Hidalgo County Records Collection contains non-current records of permanent value from various offices which are held by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Library, Special Collections, at the Edinburg campus location.

Hidalgo County Marks and Brands Index (1854-1923) The name index to the first three Hidalgo County, Texas marks and brands volumes. Information contained in the first two volumes is also found in the third volume.

Starr County Marks and Brands Index (1848-1871) The name index to the first three Starr County, Texas marks and brands volumes. Information contained in the first two volumes is also found in the third volume.

For a complete list of archival holdings, browse our Finding Aids.