Special Collections & Archives

The collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives reflect the comprehensive nature of the research and teaching mission of Texas A&M as well as the wide diversity of interests found among current and former students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. Collection strengths include:

  • Military history
  • Science Fiction
  • Western Americana
  • 19th-century American prints and illustrators
  • Texana
  • Natural history
  • Ornithology
  • Nautical archaeology
  • Rare books
  • The history of Texas A&M
  • Selected literary authors in addition to other subject areas

The collections span the breadth of recorded history, from Sumerian clay tablets dating from 2200 b.c. to contemporary paperback editions. These collections comprise:

  • Over 21,000 linear feet of manuscript material
  • Approximately 170,000 printed volumes
  • Over 50,000 photographs
  • Over 200 original works of art ranging from oil paintings to pastels to sculpture
  • Hundreds of individual artifacts
  • Works on film, tape, CD, and other media

Manuscript holdings of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives can be viewed at TARO (Texas Archival Research Online).  This website presents descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections. Consider these an extended table of contents which describe unique materials only available at the individual repositories. In most cases, the collections themselves are NOT available online.  The finding aids on the TARO site do not represent descriptions of the entire holdings of any of the repositories.