Today's hours: Library closed

Special Collections

Search Catalog

Use this box to search the library catalog for Special Collections materials.

Search Finding Aids

Use this box to search for finding aids in the archives, or you can go directly to the Archival Resources site.

Search Digital Archives

Use this box to search for digitized images and documents in the repository, or you can go directly to the Digital Repository.


Grant Funds Digitization of Amon Carter Materials


TCU Library Special Collections received a grant of $50,000 from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission) for the project “The Emperor of West Texas – Digitizing the Amon G. Carter Papers.”  The project, in collaboration with UT Arlington Library Special Collections, will digitize materials related to the publisher, entrepreneur and Fort Worth promoter Amon G. Carter.  TCU will scan and provide metadata for 34.5 linear feet of documents, while UTA will scan 5,000 negatives from the archives of Carter’s newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which document Carter’s local and national activities.

The digitized materials will be useful to researchers across a spectrum of specialties, including biographers and urban planners, as well as social, military, aviation, and business historians. Carter maintained connections with U.S. presidents, military leaders, entertainers, business leaders, and European leaders and nobility. Social and military historians will be interested in the World War II era letters written between Carter and his son, a prisoner of war from 1943-1945.

As the project progresses, TCU and UTA Library staff will work together to create a research portal drawing from both collections.  Digitizing items from TCU and UTA for this project increases their scholarly value by connecting materials from related collections and amplifying their visibility to a global audience.  To keep up with TCU’s digitization progress, visit the Amon Carter Papers page in the digital repository.

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.