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History and Purpose

The Special Collections Department serves as the Library's repository for the university's primary source materials, including manuscripts, rare books, and university archives. Our mission is to preserve a clearly-defined set of primary sources and make those resources accessible to all. Our collections support casual inquiry and serious scholarship; we play an active and creative role in the teaching and research missions of UTSA.

Supporting the university's ascent to premier research university status, Special Collections sustains the university's teaching, research and outreach mission by acquiring, preserving and digitizing primary resources for use by students and scholars at UTSA and from around the world.