Special Collections and Archives has its roots in the former Chapman Graduate Library, a reading room off of the Great Hall in Chapman Center where the University Archives and rare books were stored. Our current home was designed by Trustee Elizabeth Huth Coates Maddux and opened in 1983. In addition to the University Archives, Special Collections is home to the library’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other special materials. Today, Special Collections and Archives is dedicated to promoting the use of primary source material across the Trinity curriculum.

Bringing together a comprehensive institutional history of Trinity experiences and narratives is dependent upon relationships built between the archives and Trinity communities, organizations, and departments. The University Archives is committed to working with community members to identify material for collection and care in the archives. Previous collecting strategies have resulted in gaps and silences in collections. The University Archives will work towards collecting a more representative historical record by seeking community input, working with donors, and ensuring the inclusion of material is done in a thoughtful and collaborative way.

Abra Schnur, University Archivist – As the University Archivist and Records Manager, Abra manages archival materials that pertain to the cultural heritage and official records of the university. Responsibilities include organizing and making available this material for reference, instruction, and research. Abra is here to assist you on inquiries related to university history and information.

Colleen Hoelscher, Special Collections Librarian – As the Special Collections Librarian, Colleen works closely with Trinity University’s teaching faculty to support the use of primary source materials across the curriculum. Her responsibilities also include the management of the library’s rare book holdings and non-university archival materials.