Mary and Jeff Bell Library


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The primary focus of Special Collections and Archives at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is to locate, acquire, preserve, and make available to researchers materials about Corpus Christi and Texas (in particular, South Texas). Special Collections also supports the study of the Mexican American experience and the history of Mexico as it affects Texas, and collects materials documenting the history of TAMU-CC and its predecessor institutions.

Special Collections holds items dealing with history, urban and ethnic studies, literature, folklore, art, photography, government, anthropology, sociology, education, the sciences, business, and other disciplines. It contains approximately 20,000 books, periodicals, and other printed primary and secondary items, as well as an estimated 9,000 linear feet of archives and manuscript materials, including photographs and oral history interviews. Thousands of maps, many of which document the surveying and development of the area, also are to be found in Special Collections.

Our flagship collections are the Daniel E. Kilgore Collection, the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers and the Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection. Dr. Garcia is featured in a webpage and in an online exhibit.

The staff of Special Collections and Archives works closely with faculty and students to provide local research topics to enrich the classroom experience. Students not only receive specialized assistance with research projects, but instruction on research methods and the use of primary documents.

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. It 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.

Planning Your Visit

We can best assist you if we know you are coming. 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. 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.

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.

Finding Aids

Special Collections is a member of Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).












































Use of Materials

Because of their fragile, rare or unique nature, the research materials in Special Collections and Archives may not be borrowed. Researchers must use them in the secure Special Collections reading room under staff supervision, and must comply with the department’s policies.

You Can Help

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.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is extremely fortunate to benefit from The Daniel E. & Carol Isensee Kilgore Endowment for Texana. We invite you to assist the university in its mission to serve the educational needs of the Corpus Christi and greater South Texas region by donating to the Kilgore Endowment.


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. Please contact us at or (361)825-4500.

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