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Special Collections

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These are closed stacks collections that may be accessed 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 Jones Room Usage Policy.

The Rare Books Collection

The Rare Books 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 collection contains over 3000 books, the bulk of which date between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries. The collection focuses primarily on English Common Law, Spanish and Mexican Law, maritime law, and Texas legal history.

The Manuscript Collections

The Manuscript Collections 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.

South Texas College of Law Houston Archive

The Archive 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.

Digital Collections

The digital collections chronicle the history of South Texas College of Law Houston, from early catalogs and photographs to our nationally ranked Advocacy Program. It contains other important library holdings including, but not limited to, the Houston Mutiny & Riot Records, the American Judicature Society Archive, records of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and several of our manuscript collections. The digital collection is constantly growing.

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