Special Collections

Important note to researchers:

Research requests submitted during October 2017, will be filled in January 2018. The Special Collections and Archives Division will be closed from November 1, 2017 through January 1, 2018, due to the History of Aviation Collection moving to a new facility. The Special Collections and Archives Division in the McDermott Library and the History of Aviation Collection at the new facility are presumed to reopen for normal business hours on January 2, 2018.

For more information contact us at:
Phone: 972-883-2570
Email: [email protected]


The Special Collections Department was established in the mid-1970s to house rare books acquired by the library. In nearly thirty years Special Collections has grown to include the History of Aviation Collection, the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library, the Louise B. Belsterling Botanical Library, various Unique Book Collections, and the University Archives.

The History of Aviation Collection is the largest section of the department, consisting of a world-class aeronautical archive and library. The Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library is an outstanding regional resource for both philatelic and postal history. The Louise B. Belsterling Library holds an extraordinary collection of rare botanical books, including the library’s oldest volume.