Special Collections/Archives Department


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant
The grant is to fund a 30-month, “four-phase” initiative to improve the preservation of significant photographic collections held within the Archives and Special Collections of HBCU Libraries.

HBCU Library Alliance

Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, and contains over 130 years of African American history. Within the Special Collections Department of the John B. Coleman Library, there are currently close to 25,000 photographic materials. The goal of this grant project is to prevent further deterioration of these photographic materials. This will be accomplished through the improvement of storage facilities and environmental conditions, as well as, the training of staff on preservation techniques.


Texas Standard – Portal to Texas History
The John B. Coleman Library has been designated as a “contributing partner” to the new “digital archive” by special invitation from the coordinators of the UNT “Portal to Texas History” project.


The Barack Obama Special Collection 
Click Here for Titles currently available – attached List of the Titles currently available for “in-house-use-only,” at the Reserve Desk in the Circulation Department.

Delco Collection
Consists of official documents, reports, memorabilia, correspondence, letters, memos, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Hyman Collection
Includes journal articles, manuscripts, scholarly reprints, newspaper clippings, historic election results, and quotations related to Police Powers, Reformers, Reconstruction, Urban War Powers, and Constitutional Law.

Dr. Robert King Collection
Donation of over one thousand volumes from Dr. King’s personal collection.

Prairie View Interscholastic League
This collection is a repository of documents, photographs, records, etc. relating to the PVIL and its history, from its inception in 1920.


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Phyllis Earles
University Archivist
Phyllis Earles
(936) 261-1516 (o)
(936) 261-1876 (f)

Lisa Stafford
Special Collections

Lisa Stafford
(936) 261-1540 (o)
(936) 261-1876 (f)

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