Special Collections & Archives houses library materials which are especially rare, valuable or fragile, and serves as the repository for the Trinity University Archives. Our materials cover a wide range of topics, with particular strengths in American literature, archaeology, art and art history, fine printing, history of the book, Latin American history, Mesoamerican history, space exploration, Texas history, and travel literature
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Special Collections & Archives is open by appointment only, and materials must be quarantined between users. Visitors to the reading room will be required to wear a mask and respect social distancing norms. In order to allow for materials to quarantine between users, appointments to use the same materials must be spaced at least 72 hours apart. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
The general library catalog is the best place to search for books and periodicals in Special Collections. On the search page, use the dropdown menu to limit your search to Special Collections.
Archival materials are unique documents from the past--things like letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs, videos, and more--organized into collections based on the creator, collector, or a common theme. These collections are described by archives in finding aids, which are detailed inventories with information about the contents and creator.
The archival materials in Special Collections can be searched in our finding aid database, available at https://archives.trinity.edu/. This database is a work in progress, and contains only a portion of our material at this time. However, additions on ongoing.
Finding aids can be keyword searched from the top menu bar, or you can browse by subject headings:
Not finding any material on your topic? Contact us at email@example.com, and we can search materials that are not listed in the finding aid database for you.
Just as the events and movements you are studying in class impacted American society, they influenced students on Trinity's campus. The Trinitonian and Mirage are rich sources of information about students' responses to current events and cultural changes.