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The Kilgore Collection

The core print holding of Special Collections & Archives is the Kilgore Collection, a seminal body of Texas books and documents assembled by Daniel E. Kilgore (1921-1995). Longtime certified public accountant in Corpus Christi, renown Texana collector, and president of the Texas State Historical Association (1976-1977), Dan Kilgore built this private collection over a period of thirty-five years and conveyed it to Special Collections & Archives in 1984. Reflecting Dan's thoroughness as a collector and appreciator of Texas and local history, the Kilgore Collection ranks as one of the most impressive Texana collections in South Texas. It comprises approximately 10,000 volumes and over fifty linear feet of documents. General topics include Texas and South Texas, Mexican Americans, Mexico, ranching, county and city growth, and many others. The Kilgore Collection contains rare publications on Corpus Christi and the local area, making it a resource that should be consulted by researchers interested in the development of the region.

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