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Library Records, 1973-2013

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UASC.UA.008

Scope and Contents

The collection includes records concerning the library of Tyler State College (1971-1975), Texas Eastern University (1975-1979), and The University of Texas at Tyler (1979-Present). Materials include: purchase requisition forms, Permanent University Funds requests, Higher Education General Information Surveys, Clapp-Jordan library collections criteria formulae sheets, materials budget reports, periodical requests, photographs, equipment schematics, library layout plans, library construction and graphic design plans, and handwritten notations from Olene Harned, University Librarian.


  • Creation: 1972-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1973-1996
  • Other: Date acquired: 2011-03-01


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions may apply - - Consult with Archives staff.

Biographical or Historical Information

The University Library was established at the Tyler State College, "TSC" (1971-1975) campus on East Berta Street in the Roberts Junior High School gymnasium. Library technical services were housed in the locker rooms. Prior to library occupancy of the gymnasium students employed the personal libraries of faculty members for research and assignments. In addition to faculty lending, TSC students utilized the Tyler Junior College library with varying degrees of success. Following TSC's name change to Texas Eastern University, "TEU" (1975-1979) in 1975 and completion of Phase I of the university campus on Old Omen Road, the library collection and public services moved to the second floor of the new University Student Center. Technical services remained at the East Berta Street campus. From 1973 to 1977 James L. Mayfield served as Library Director. His responsibilities included federal resource grant applications, purchase requisitions, and supervision of book accessions, including the Seton Hall collection purchase in 1974. Olene Harned served as head librarian from 1973 to 1977. Appointed Library Director in 1977, Harned kept this position until her retirement in 1990. As director, Harned saw TEU admitted into the University of Texas System in 1979, the year technical services moved to the Old Omen Road campus. Construction of the current library concluded in 1980 and in December of that year Harned facilitated the transfer of the library collection, public services, and technical services to the new library building. In 1982 the library was dedicated as the Robert R. Muntz Library. In 1988 Harned supervised the automation of circulation and the establishment of a computerized library catalog with the barcoding of the library collection and the installation of a laser scanning system. Charles B. Harrel served as Library Director from 1990 to 2000. During his tenure, renovations of the library's forth floor were completed and the University Archives were established. The University Archives began with a proposal by University President George F. Hamm. Under the guidance of James Smallwood, graduate students David Caulkins, Linda Lauderdale, and Joe Vorsas used an office of the Registrar and a work room in the library to compile the history of the university by interviewing founding administrators, donors, and faculty members. In 1994 Caroline M. Allen was hired as the first University Archivist. Note written by Aaron Ramirez.


6.42 Linear Feet

15 boxes, 1 oversized folder other_unmapped

6.42 Linear Feet

19.00 Items

Language of Materials



The records are arranged in four series. Each series is arranged chronologically, imposed during processing due to a lack of original order. Series are: Series I, Library Planning and Resource Development, Series II, Library Daily Operations, Series III, The University of Texas at Tyler Library Renovation, and Series IV, University Archives Development and Operation.

Physical Access Requirements

Materials are generally in good condition.

Source of Acquisition

Records acquired from the Robert R. Muntz Library. Many records come from the files of University Librarian Olene Harned.

Accruals and Additions

An additional 6 bankers boxes were processed and added to the collection on 4/16/2015, increasing total archival boxes from 9 to 15.

Other Descriptive Information

Oversized items included in the collection found on the top shelf of the oversized materials section of the archives.

Processing Information

The collection is arranged chronologically due to a lack of original order.


Aaron Ramirez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Texas at Tyler University Archives and Special Collections Department Repository