We are proud to announce that the University of Texas-Arlington Special Collections will be participating in this year’s DFW Archives Bazaar! We wanted to learn more about UTA Special Collections, so we reached out to the Special Collections Archivist, Samantha Dodd and asked her a couple of questions.
What type of collections does UTA hold?
‘UTA Special Collections is home to a number of unique holdings including collections related to North Texas history, the history of UT Arlington and its predecessors, Texas political history, Texas Labor Collections, cartographic history, and the new Texas Disability History Collection. Some of the most popular collections include materials related to the U.S. war with Mexico, and images from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram photo morgue.”
What do you hope people take away from the DFW Archives Bazaar?
“What I hope people take away from the bazaar is that Special Collections is open and accessible to everyone. You do not need to be a student or faculty of the University to visit or use our materials. If you are interested in something and want to learn more, swing by, give us a call, or shoot us an email and we will help you track down the resources you need.”
Why are archives important to the university?
“The archives provide a tremendous wealth of information and services to our university and community. Special Collections provides students, faculty, and guests with opportunities to engage with one of a kind source material. Working with archival materials helps to develop critical thinking capability, writing techniques, and problem solving skills. The archives provide important links to our community and to the population at-large; bringing in scholars, academics, and guests to campus, helping to build new partnerships and collaborative projects.”