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The Special Collections and Archives office of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has as its primary focus to locate, acquire, preserve, and make available to researchers materials that document the development of Corpus Christi and its South Texas environs. Its holdings include items dealing with history, urban and ethnic studies, literature, folklore, art, photography, government, anthropology, sociology, education, the sciences, business, and other disciplines. Special Collections and Archives has a growing body of papers of individuals, organizations, and institutions that reflects the growth of the Corpus Christi metropolitan area. It also contains approximately 20,000 books, periodicals, and other printed primary and secondary items dealing with Corpus Christi, South Texas, Texas and Mexico. In addition, the division has an active oral history program to supplement the written and visual materials. Special Collections and Archives works closely with faculty and students to provide local research topics to enrich the classroom experience. It plays a particularly active role in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi history program. Students not only receive specialized assistance with research projects, but instruction on research methods, use of primary documents, and the study of public, urban, Mexican American, Texas, and local history as well as archival management and oral history technique.

Genealogical Research

If you would like to conduct genealogical research in Special Collections, or will be traveling from out of town, please contact us in advance to plan your research trip.

              (361) 825-5771

Visits for genealogical research may be scheduled between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon, Monday-Friday, and should be limited to groups of three.

We can best assist you if we know you are coming. When you contact us, we will discuss with you the date of your visit and the research resources of most potential use to you so that we can help you get the maximum benefit from the time you spend in Special Collections.

Holdings of Special Note

  • Kenneth L. Anthony Photographic Collection

  • Brandt and Callie Badger Papers

  • Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection

  • Tony Bonilla Papers

  • Sheriton Burr Birding Collection

  • Cisneros Collection

  • Clifford C. Edge Papers

  • Antonio Rodriguez Fuentes & Josefina Barrera Fuentes Papers

  • Rafael, Sr. and Virginia Reyes Galvan Family Photographs

  • Dr Clotilde P. Garcia Book Collection

  • Dr Clotilde P. Garcia Papers

  • Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers

  • Steve Grime Photograph Collection

  • L.M. Gross Collection Storm of 1919 Picture Postcards

  • L. DeWitt Hale Papers

  • Joseph A. Hans Papers

  • Rachel Bluntzer Hebert Papers

  • Hi-Fairnessee Girls Club Records

  • Gilberto G. Jasso Papers

  • Johnson-Bezdek Collection

  • The Kilgore Collection

  • Kilgore Picture Postcard Collection

  • James M. Manning Papers

  • Manuscripts & Archives

  • Kay McCracken Papers

  • Eli T. Merriman History Collection

  • Meuly-Daimwood Family Papers

  • The Mexican American Component

  • E.E. Mireles and Jovita Gonzalez Mireles

  • William H. Parker Photograph Collection

  • W.E. Pope Papers

  • Bob Prager Selena Portfolio

  • The Round Robin Collection

  • San Diego, Texas, 1876 Photographs

  • Vernon Smylie Papers

  • B. Dudley Tarlton Papers

  • Texas and Mexico Book Collections

  • John W. Tunnell, M.D. Texana Collection

  • University Archives

  • H. Carter Whatley Collection

  • Judge James Allen Wood Collection

  • Dee Woods Papers

  • Use of Material

    Because of their fragile, rare or unique nature, the books, photographs, maps, tape recordings, and other items in Special Collections and Archives cannot be borrowed or checked out. Researchers must examine them in the secure, well-furnished reading room under staff supervision. For their preservation, all items are maintained under strict professional care. Photocopying facilities are available.

    Special Features

    The Daniel E. & Carol Isensee Kilgore Endowment for Texana
    Dr. Hector P. Garcia Exhibit

    Public Outreach

    Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's Special Collections and Archives plays an active role in the network of local, state, and national institutions which preserves our history and helps maintain our region's historical consciousness. The unit serves as a bridge between the University and the larger Corpus Christi/South Texas community and strives to enrich the lives of our people through the study of our past.

    A Call for Assistance

    Special Collections and Archives takes pride in its active policy of locating and collecting additional research materials. We need your assistance in finding rare books, photographs, maps, letters, records of businesses and organizations, scrapbooks, and other historical documents relating to Corpus Christi and South Texas. If you or someone you know possesses materials which might be donated, please contact us.


    Special Collections and Archives is located on the second floor (Room 205) of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

    Mailing Address

    Mary and Jeff Bell Library
    Special Collections and Archives
    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    6300 Ocean Drive
    Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5702

    We invite questions and/or comments and look forward to hearing from you. Contact Ann Hodges at, (361)825-2301.

    Webpage revised on 03/09/2015

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