Lots of books

The Archives houses historical and primary source material of various formats such as - photographs, microfilm, video reels, video cassettes, photo albums, personal papers, historical documents, etc. These materials are for in-library use only.

The Archives are accessible by appointment only. Please contact libraryarchives@utpb.edu prior to your visit to discuss your research needs. Also - please notify the Archives if you are not able to keep your appointment.

All materials must be used in the Archives/Special Collections public study area. First-time patrons must read and sign a form outlining the rules for use of materials. Photocopying is subject to restrictions of copyright, the fragility of materials, restrictions by the donor, etc. Photocopying is done by staff and is paid for at the Accounting Office.

Special collections

Our special collections section includes a variety of items including:

  • Books
  • Documents owned or produced by UT Permian Basin
  • The John Ben Shepperd Collection
  • Photos, audio, video

Permian Historical Society Archives

The materials are the most basic Permian Basin-specific historical materials: KOSA-TV newsreels (1960-1981), photographs, audio and video histories, documents from individuals, clubs, schools, churches, county histories, newspaper clippings. As well as the papers of J. Conrad Dunagan are 125 cubic feet of material covering his businesses, his work in historical associations, in charitable and civic organizations and in establishing Monahans Sandhills State Park

Regional Historical Resources Depository

UTPB was the pilot site for this state program. Non-current business and government records owned by the Texas State Library and Archives are placed here from area counties: Andrews, Crane, Ector, Gaines, Mitchell, Upton, and Winkler. The obvious use is for genealogical research, but broader historical/statistical study is also possible.

Texas State Depository Libraries

The following libraries, including the J. Conrad Dunagan Library at UT Permian Basin, were receiving publications from the Texas State Publication Depository Program until the operation of the program was severely curtailed in June 2011. However, many libraries have retained their collections and staff continue to share their in-depth knowledge of government information.