Texana Collections

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Using a broad definition of Texana – not just materials about Texas, but works by Texas writers, works printed/published in Texas, and the work of Texas artists and illustrators – UNT Libraries’ Special Collections house unique items the showcase the diverse history, culture, and art of the Lone Star State.

Highlights include:

  • Manuscript materials from well-known writers such as Dorothy Mills Howard, Larry McMurtry, Warren Norwood and Deborah Crombie
  • Fine press items from the presses and studios of Carl Hertzog, W. Thomas Taylor, William Wittliff, the Holman family, the Russell Stationery Company, the Kairos Press, Somesuch Press, and the Book Club of Texas.
  • Texas maps from 1597-1900 depicting the development of the republic and the state
  • Primary and secondary source materials, with special emphasis on the republic and early statehood periods, including immigrant and travel narratives, commemorative and dance-hall music, prints, and broadsides
  • Autographs, letters, and other documents relating to the four presidents of the republic and other famous Texas leaders; public documents include the rare 1824, 1836, 1845, and 1861 Texas constitutions, laws, military reports, and annexation speeches
  • The Anson Jones Collection, comprising much of the private library of Anson Jones, his wife, and his sons, many volumes are signed, several with annotations
  • A variety of single issues and runs of periodicals (1860s-present) published in Texas or relating to Texas; recent donations include issues of signed comic books by Texas/Denton artists, authors, and illustrators
  • The records of important Texas businesses such as the Nocona Boot Company, the Fort Worth Stock Yards, Nor-Tex Western Leather, Harpool Seed Company, Slade Saddle Shop and Spoetzl Brewery.

The Porter-Evans Endowment

The Texana Collection is supported by the Porter-Evans Endowment, established by former UNT librarian Louise Evans in honor of Hinton Porter and G.L. “Jake” Evans. Mr. Porter, a special long-time friend of the donor, had a career as a railway conductor, merchant marine in WWII and was a successful rancher in Ponder, Texas. Mr. Evans, the donor’s brother, served in the US Army field artillery during WWII and was a contract builder in Texas for many years.

Locating Materials

Many, but not all, of the items that comprise the holdings of the Texana Collections can be searched for in the UNT Libraries’ Online Catalog. Some items are only listed in the Card Catalog and some are as yet uncataloged. For items listed in either catalog, it is possible to search by title, author, or subject. To locate other items or if you have other questions, please contact the staff of the Rare Book Room.