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These are closed stacks collections that may be access by members of the South Texas College of Law Houston community, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Outside researchers and members of the general public must contact the Special Collections Librarian for an appointment. Items from Special Collections are not eligible for interlibrary loan and must be used in the Jones Reading Room under the supervision of library staff. Users must comply with the Rules for the Use of Special Collections Materials.

The Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection supports the legal education and research needs of the South Texas College of Law Houston and is available for use by outside scholars and researchers. The Rare Book Collection contains an impressive collection of seminal works in legal history, English Common Law, Spanish and Mexican law, and Texas legal history.

Corpus Juris Books
Manuscript Collection

The Manuscript Collection

The Manuscript Collection seeks to chronicle the legal history of Houston and Texas through the papers of alumni, faculty, area lawyers, law firms and members of the judiciary. It includes the papers of Sam Streetman, The Townes Family, Charles Fairman, Frank Andrews, Fred Parks, and the trial materials of the Pennzoil v. Texaco case.

The Archives

Exhibit Area

The Archives is the institutional repository for the South Texas College of Law Houston, and as such seeks to preserve and collect departmental records, school publications and ephemera, and has a large photograph collection. For a sample, please visit our Archival Images page.

Texas Rules of Civil Procedure – Rules Effective September 1, 1941 – : An Historical Project

Advisory Committee Proceedings

Advisory Opinions: January 1942 – December 1948.

Selected Bibliography

History – articles and photos from the Texas Bar Journal, reprinted with permission.

The Rules, eff. Sept. 1, 1941 to date. The rules are listed in numerical order. Simply click on the Rule number to see its current version. On that page, you will also find any prior amendments to the rule, listed in chronological order. Click on the dates to navigate through the various versions of the rule. All attempts at correcting typographical errors and other mistakes made during the conversion of the Rule were made, but the text should always be verified with the official version at the Texas Supreme Court.


Send all comments and suggestions to:

Monica M. Ortale
Associate Director for Public Services
The Fred Parks Law Library
South Texas College of Law Houston
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Last Updated: June 7, 2021.

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