Special Collections and Archives

The Special Collections & Archives division of Coates Library collects, organizes, preserves, and makes available rare books, manuscripts, other special collections, and archival material to the Trinity community and researchers at large.

We document the history of Trinity University and play a central role in managing its institutional records. Find us on the second floor of the library in room 208.

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Discover Our Collections

Archival Finding Aids

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Search for archives and manuscripts found at Coates Library. 

rare books


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Search the library catalog for rare books and other materials. 

Digital Collections

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Online collections including digitized historical publications and other primary sources. 

Explore Special Collections and Archives


Mission statement, collection development, staff listing, contact information, and more.


Hours of operation, directions, reading room guidelines, and appointment scheduling. 


Research assistance, instruction, reproductions, records management, and more. 

Interested in helping to archive campus history? Join the Trinity University Archives Student Advocates.

Read more about our policy on donating materials. Please contact us if you have additional questions.