The Special Collections department collects and preserves rare and unique materials including rare books, oral histories, university archives, historical manuscripts, maps, microfilm, photographs, art and artifacts. Students, faculty and the public are welcome to access collections and view special exhibits in our Fourth floor Reading Room.

Items from our collections are always on display in special collections. Visit the Reading Room to see our most current exhibit, or visit our digital exhibits on-line. 

The Special Collections department is the recipient of a 2014 Council of Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections grant. Find out more about this project on our project blog Discovering the Southwest Metroplex.

Search Finding Aids

Search the contents of our collections using this specialized discovery tool.

Hours

Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (except holiday weekends, e.g. Thanksgiving) closed

Special Collections Events

October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the inaugural display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. With so many years passed, and the invention of medications allowing people to live with HIV/AIDS, it is easy to forget the devastation that this outbreak caused. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created to give a visual reference to the number of people lost to this disease, and to act as a reminder of the events that caused so many lives to be lost.

Willis Library | Room 437
Monday, August 28, 2017 (All day) to Friday, December 15, 2017 (All day)
This lecture will be given by Dr. Agatha Beins, Associate Professor in the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University.
 
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the inaugural display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987, this exhibit explores the history of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Dallas-Fort Worth community's response to the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Beins will be discussing the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the role of art as activism in the larger social movement involving LGBT and feminist activists.
Willis Library | Room 140
Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm