Rare Books and Texana Records, 1976-1992Add to your cart.

By Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Rare Books and Texana Records, 1976-1992Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ U0198
Primary Creator: University of North Texas. Rare Book Room and Texana Collection.
Extent: 5.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The photographs are arranged by people, events, and exhibits. The promotional material and records are aranged by type of material.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2015
Languages: English


This colllection contains photographs that document the exhibits, staff, and office space of the Rare Book Room; promotional material concering the collection and activities of this department; and records that include correspondence, newsletters, publications, and promotional material concerning miniature books.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Photographs and publications document the activities and exhibits of the Rare Book Room from 1976 to the early 1990s.

Biographical Note

The Rare Book Room was founded in 1981. Its initial collection consisted of books and other rare or unique items that were already in the collection of the UNT Libraries. The holdings of the Rare Book and Texana Collection grew to include 4,000 year old tablets as well as artist's books produced in the last year.  The collection includes maps, scrolls, original artworks, artifacts, games, printing equipment, photographs, postcards, currency, and palm-leaf books.  Rare Book Collections concentrates on works in 18th century, travel and exploration, fashion and costume history, literature, women's studies, Texana, and county histories.

In 2007, the University Archives and the Rare Books Department were combined into one administrative unit that is now known as Special Collections. In 2012, the departments were merged into one space when the 4th floor of Willis Library was renovated. They now share the public service point of the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room.

The heads of the Rare Book Room were: Dr. Kenneth Lavender and Mary Durio.  Today, Morgan Gieringer is head of the Special Collections.

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 Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. The UNT Archives and Rare Book department request a 24 hour notice from patrons in order to page materials from vault and ready the materials for use. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.

Reading Room or Duplication Requests

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: University Archives
Acquisition Source: Rare Book Room
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Rare Books and Texana Records, University of North Texas Special Collections


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