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University Archives

Texas State University has a long and rich history dating from the legislative founding of Southwest Texas State Normal School in 1899. However, much of our history has been lost through eleven decades of administrative changes, building renovations, and occasional catastrophic events (such as floods).


We have a new website in progress - watch this space for a redirect coming this September 2017! 

Items we're currently seeking:

  • Freshman beanies and pledge beanies, especially when accompanied by information about the person who owned the item.
  • University, departmental, or student publications dating prior to 1970.
  • Pedagogs for 1916, 1953, and 1980 to use as reading room copies.  All of the Pedagogs are now online.
  • Copies of the Star from 1911-1960 in good condition (suitable for digitizing).  Early issues of the Star are now online thanks to recent digitization grants!
  • Any documentation of the campus elementary, middle school, and high schools.
  • Any documentation related to the campus farm.
  • Photographs of people and places on campus, especially when the subjects are identified.  Of particular interest are pre-1970 photographs of building interiors (such as classrooms and auditoriums) and early 20th-Century panoramic photographs of the campus community.
  • Invitations to and programs for University events - including lectures, performances, convocations, commencements, picnics, unveilings, and sporting events.
  • Official University Christmas / holiday cards.
  • Select historical artifacts such as school pennants and class rings. 
  • Any items that include the word "normal" in the school name (dated 1903-1923).

The archivists would like to talk with individuals who may be willing to donate records, memorabilia, photographs, or other items that relate to the history of Southwest Texas State Normal School (1903-1918), Southwest Texas State Normal College (1918-1923), Southwest Texas Teachers College (1923-1959), Southwest Texas State College (1959-1969), Southwest Texas State University (1969-2003), and Texas State University-San Marcos (2003-2013). 

University departments, offices, employees:

Any department, office, employee, or past employee who discovers “old” university records may have uncovered part of the history we want to document. Presidential and provost correspondence, building records, student organizations, and photographs of people and places on campus are highly desired. Please contact the Archives to schedule an appraisal if you discover any records with potential historical value.

The University Archives is located in Alkek 580. 

Contact the University Archives at

  • Kristine Toma, CA - University Archivist & Records Manager
  • Megan North, CA - Assistant Archivist and digital archives specialist
  • Kaelyn Morice - Assistant Archivist

University Archives materials are open to researchers in the university community and the general public.  Access is available by appointment Monday through Friday during regular business hours (generally 8:00am-5:00pm).