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Lower Rio Grande Valley Collection

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Collection consists of materials dealing with South Texas from Laredo to Corpus Christi and south to Brownsville, McAllen, and Rio Grande City. Materials about the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila are also collected. Books, oral histories, and some maps are cataloged in the online catalog.

Major collections include:

Serials Collection

Collection includes newspapers and other periodicals published in South Texas and Northern Mexico.

Chicano Collection

Collection includes newspapers and other materials pertaining to the uprising of the Chicano movement from Texas, California, and Arizona. The Chicano movement was a complex movement including a celebration of the culture of Mexican Americans and protests seeking political empowerment and civil rights.

Map Collection

Covers South Texas and Northern Mexico.

To find maps in the online catalog, search title Map Collection. You may also search by keyword or subject for the city, county, or region.  There is no need to capitalize, but you do need to abbreviate Texas as "tex"

For example:

     Subject: edinburg tex maps

     Subject: hidalgo county tex maps

     Subject: lower rio grande valley tex maps

Oral histories

Oral histories from local people are available on audio-cassette tape.

To find oral histories in the online catalog search title Oral history Rio Grande Valley Historical Collection.

Borderlife Research Project Collection

Collection of interviews collected by Dr. Chard Richardson. The interviews were designed to reflect the distinct South Texas social and cultural environment.


Special Collections

Rare Book (Rare) and Special Materials (SMC) Collections

Collection is kept in closed stacks due to their fragility, requirements for special handling, or value. These books do not circulate, but you may look at them in Special Collections.

Bryant Collection (Bry)

Collection consists of over 10,000 volumes emphasizing colonial Latin American literature and history. William C. Bryant received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at the University of Michigan. He retired from Michigan and taught at The University of Texas-Pan American before his untimely death during his second semester. The Library acquired his collection of books now known as the Bryant Collection. They are held in Special Collections and may be checked out following the same regulations as other general library books.

Holman Collection

Collection consists of William and Barbara Holman's collected books which highlight the art and design of books, featuring limited editions, handmade paper, well-known illustrators, and firsts, in printing and publishing. William Holman began his library career as Head Librarian of Pan American College in 1951. He retired from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin where he worked to develop the rare books collection, and with his wife, continued his work in handpress printing and managing his publishing company. Barbara Holman has received numerous awards for her art and designs. She was awarded Print Magazine's "Poster of the Year Award" and as a book designer, was included in AIGA's 50 Best Books Award.


UTPA Publications and Archives

UTPA Collections

Collection includes records, catalogs, posters, brochures, newsletters, and other items published by the University. The Pan American Newspaper is also available online.


Archives include documents, photographs, and other unpublished materials created by the University.

University publications

Include the college catalog, yearbooks, and budgets may also be found in the online catalog. To find University Publications in the online catalog search author University of Texas-Pan American

NEW: View a video on how to search Pan American theses and dissertations  

Student theses may be found in the online catalog. To find University Publications in the online catalog search title University of Texas-Pan American thesis to look specifically for a thesis or dissertation.

You may also search by Advanced Keyword with the major subject. Enter the subject (for example: educational leadership) in the first search box, then "pan american thesis" in the second search box. Select the Location: Special Collections. This will retrieve most theses in this category.


(Repository of Intellectual Output) collects, preserves, disseminates, and showcases the academic, educational, and research oriented material that has been published by UTPA Faculty.

University of Texas-Pan American timeline of presidents and name changes

Edinburg College opened its doors in September, 1927. Since then, our community has gone through 6 name changes, and has grown from a two-year college to a doctoral degree research institution.