The types of records deemed worthy of permanent preservation are, in part, determined by the university's records retention schedule. Routine fiscal documentation such as purchase orders and travel receipts are not accepted as they are considered short-term records. Also, student academic records are not housed in the University Archives but rather reside with the Registrar's Office.
Materials not fitting the University Archives collecting scope can either be rejected, deaccessioned or disposed. Due to limited space, only a small number of duplicate materials are kept at any time, unless the item(s) prove to be very rare and/or unique.
All University Archives materials are non-circulating and can only be used in the Holden Reading Room. Use of University Archives materials are covered under the Policies of the Reading Room.
To view which faculty papers currently reside in the University Archives, go to the collection finding aids.
Social and Honor Organization Papers
Historical Information on Texas Tech University
Click here to read tidbits on Texas Tech, including digital scans of Techsan Retrospective articles, the establishment of Texas Tech, departmental histories, a list of Horn Professors, a who's who of administrators, trivia about TTU buildings and structures, various campus maps, and statistics compiled by the university on such matters as enrollment, graduation, location distribution, test scores, gender, ethnicity, and age.
Texas Tech Publications
Miscellaneous Texas Tech publications are also currently being digitized and added online on our DSpace repository.
Additionally, books published by Tech faculty are available. All items are non-circulating and are available for viewing in the Holden Reading Room. Numerous Texas Tech newsletters and Magazines are now published online only.
Theses and Dissertations (T/D)
The Texas Tech University Libraries has made available online electronic copies of its theses and dissertations starting from the 1920s to to present. These are also being added to the Texas Digital Library website, where you can browse through several universities' T/D publications.
To purchase a copy of a Texas Tech thesis or dissertation, go to UMI's website.
Transferring Materials to the University Archives
When sending items to the University Archives, records should be kept in their original order and folder [i. e. never loosely dumped], boxed in a sturdy container, and have attached a sheet stating who is the sender/department, a contact phone number and a listing of what records are enclosed. Preferably, materials should not to sent without first making contact with the University Archivist.
Donors not currently affiliated with Texas Tech, such as alumni, should
contact the University Archivist directly.
For More Information on using University Archive materials, contact:
Lynn Whitfield, Associate Archivist
Last Updated 11/6/13