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Special Collections

Special Collections Department
The Special Collections Department supports the courses of study offered and anticipated by the university at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department's goals are to provide archival support to the university and to fulfill the obligation of the West Library to preserve rare and special materials. The Special Collection includes an extensive book collection as well as information on local history in a variety of formats. The Special Collections Department houses the archives of Texas Wesleyan University, The Bobby Bragan Collection, The H. Howard Hughes Performing Arts Collection, and other archival and personal collections related to the history of the University or Polytechnic Heights.



Fall & Spring Hours *
Monday - Wednesday 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday - Wednesday 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
* Please call or email for an appointment.

General Book Collection: includes works on philosophy; religion; Methodist history; American, Texas, and local history; art; and literature. Many of these works are signed or limited editions.
University Archives: This collection includes college catalogs from 1890 to the present, yearbooks from 1906 to 1996, The Handout, The Rambler, Practicum Reports, Theses, Nurse Anesthesia papers, Student Handbooks, faculty and staff handbooks, and general histories of the college as well as information about individual alumni, faculty/staff, trustees, and student organizations.

Bobby Bragan Collection: Bobby Bragan's association with professional baseball spans more than 60 years. Locally, he is remembered as the player and manager for the Fort Worth Cats from 1948 through 1953. The collection includes jerseys, letters, photographs, posters and other memorabilia related to the various teams Mr. Bragan has been associated with over the course of his career. In addition, there are over 700 books, most of which are about baseball, including team media guides, biographies, team histories and baseball reference books.

The H. Howard Hughes Performing Arts Collection: Dr. H. Howard Hughes, Professor of English, 1935-1968, set the Guinness record for "The Most Ardent Theatergoer" by attending 6,136 shows during the period 1957 to 1987. The collection includes programs, brochures, and newspaper clippings as well as fliers and other promotional materials for theater productions, concerts, and other artistic performances taking place between 1925 and 1989. The bulk of the material relates to Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding area, but there is also material from Canadian, European, and Broadway productions as well.

Contact Special Collections
Mailing address:
Special Collections/Archives
Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Phone: (817) 531-4822
Fax: (817) 531-4806

Contact Us

Louis Sherwood University Archivist (817) 531-4822