Special Collections Department

The Special Collections Department 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.


Special Collections Volunteer To Be Honored

Helen Small spent years building her family business and raising a family. After decades of caring for others, she finally took the steps to achieve her life-long goal. Fox 4’s Clarice Tinsley has her unique story of determination and commitment. Read more

Volunteers Bring Zeal to Special Collections

Three volunteers in Special Collections are using their personal experiences to make a difference in the library. Despite their age, they show no signs of slowing down. Read more

A Pilot’s Mission

One North Texas pilot recounts his days after the military and the secrets missions that he flew for the CIA. The danger he faced while working for the intelligence agency and his connection to the Eugene McDermott Library are in this Profile of Courage.

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Second Saturday of the month: 9 AM - 1 PM or by appointment

For more information contact us at:
Phone: 972-883-2570
Email: libspco@utdallas.edu
Eugene McDermott Library,
Special Collections
800 West Campbell Road,
Richardson, TX 75083-0643,

Paul Oelkrug CA,
Coordinator for Special Collections