Texas County Records, 1885-2006Add to your cart.

Collection Overview

Title: Texas County Records, 1885-2006Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1885-1940s
ID: 01/ AR0336
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Items are arranged chronologically.
Languages: English


Texas-based printings and papers acquired from the former UNT historical museum on campus.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains various typed and printed documents, including brochures, student essays, license records, county histories, inventories, and small local publications from various Texas counties. Items come from the North Texas Historical Museum that existed on the UNT campus in what is now Curry Hall from 1925 until its closure in 1986.

The museum was started by the university's history department and the E.D. Criddle Society, a historical society that Professor Criddle founded. Joseph Lyman Kingsbury, a North Texas history professor from 1925-1949, was the main person responsible for gathering the collection. In 1930, the museum was named the Texas State Historical Collection by the state legislature. It held over 250,000 items from all over the world by 1952, until the mid-1960s when Kingsbury's wife retired and the collection was left with no curator.

In 1971, Barbara Butler was named the director and sought to revitalize the collection through increased funding, sponsored lectures, and public outreach. Butler was succeeded by Linda Lavendar, who ran the museum until it closed in 1986. Items in the collection were then divided out among the UNT Archives and the Denton County Historical Museum.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Depending on any access restrictions noted above, you may be able to request items be delivered to our reading room, or that we make reproductions for you. Just click on either the or icons in the listings below to be routed to our request form.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Related Materials:

University of North Texas Historical Museum Book Collection

University of North Texas Historical Museum Periodical Collection

Preferred Citation: Texas County Records, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: 2-26-2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky


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