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Collections Temporarily Offsite

A small fire occurred on January 5 in the basement storage area of the library. That incident caused smoke damage to the Jim Wright Papers, Amon Carter Papers, and all other collections stored in the room. At this time, the collections are being professionally treated offsite and will not be accessible to researchers or staff. Due to the large size of the collections, it is difficult to predict how long it will take to clean the materials and we cannot provide a timetable for their return.

These collections are currently offsite for treatment:

Jim Wright
Amon Carter
Cliburn Foundation* (contact Laura Ruede)
Mabel Majors
TCU School of Music
Lorraine Sherley
Wendell Robert Carr
Raymond Buck
Henry Kelly
Dave Oliphant
Tony Clark
Records of South Hills Christian Church
Edwin T. Cornelius
Goodrich Center for the Deaf

New Special Collections Exhibit

This exhibit traces the development of decorated publishers’ bindings from their humble beginnings in the 1830s to their demise nearly a century later with the introduction of the dust jacket. We make stops along the way to examine some of the high points in the history of book design with examples from TCU Special Collections. Up now through April 27th, 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Featured Collections

The Love Family Letters

The Love brothers - Cyrus, Samuel, James, John, and, eventually, Robert - fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War as part Terry's Texas Rangers and the 6th Texas Cavalry. They came from Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas. The collection contains letters written by several sons in the Love family during the Civil War, offering a glimpse into life on the battlefield and at home. Many famous people and battles are referenced.
The Love Family Letters have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.

Tom B. Saunders Family Papers

The Saunders Family came to Fort Worth in 1902 and formed one of the strongest livestock businesses on Exchange Street. Administrative records, correspondence, and memorabilia document the Tom B. Saunders Company from 1899 to 1974. The collection includes material on other notable Texas trail drivers collected by the family. The family's Fort Worth Stock Show planning material is also included.
The Tom B. Saunders Family Papers have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.

Joseph Warren Hays Papers

Joseph Warren Hays was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He served from January 1943 through November 1945. Hays flew missions over Europe in 1945 as a co-pilot of a B-24 Liberator with the 446th Bombardment Group. After the war, he returned to TCU to complete his degree in Economics. The collection includes a complete set of letters written by Joseph Warren Hays to his family while serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Music/Media Collections

Cliburn Competition Archive

By an agreement concluded in 1991, the Van Cliburn Foundation transferred to Texas Christian University materials relating to the activities of the Foundation, together with the archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The professional Competition, first held in 1962, was created to commemorate Van Cliburn's sensational 1958 victory at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Held at four-year intervals, the Competition offers a means by which the finest young concert pianists can perform before a global audience. The International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs now offers other accomplished pianists a worldwide stage.