Special Collections: Archives and Manuscripts
UNT Special Collections holds hundreds of archival collections, each of which tells a unique story of the people and events that shaped north Texas. Major collecting areas include Texana, University Archives, LGBTQ Archives, Latinx Archives, and Women’s Archives. Collections include personal and family papers, organizational records and business records; consisting of scrapbooks, organizational records, correspondence, photographs, newspapers, flyers, audio/visual materials, and much more.
Four generations of photographers – all named Byrd Williams – documented more than 100 years of North Texas history with their work. Now, UNT Libraries has acquired their collection, consisting of over 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives. The materials include commercial and studio photography, western landscapes, documentary studies, and fine art photography. Family correspondence, artifacts, and a collection of cameras were also donated by Byrd Williams IV.