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What Are Archival Resources?

What Are Archival Resources?

Materials created or received by a person, family, or organization (public or private) in the conduct of their affairs. Record types can include personal correspondence, images, business records, artwork, vital records, and financial documents, among others. These items are preserved in archival repositories because of enduring informational value (i.e. family history, artistic or scholarly production, business matters) or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator (i.e. a person holding political office, university records). Archival records usually exist as primary sources.

Bell Library has two broad categories of archival material:

  • University Archives, which documents TAMU-CC’s history
  • Archives & Special Collections, which consists of items pertaining to the archives’ collecting scope
    • Texas history through 1900
    • Borderlands
    • Texas livestock industry
    • Mexican-American Studies
    • Military History
    • Local political figures