The Research Center for the Southwest houses approximately 27,000 items composed of books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and artifacts in its various collections. Please follow the following links to the:
Reading Room containing more than 9,000 books, artwork, and material culture pertaining to the history of the Southwest, Texas, and the Abilene region. Included are works by noted Southwest historians such as Rupert Richardson, Carl Coke Rister, and Walter Prescott Webb (Dr. Richardson purchased Webb’s personal library for the Research Center’s collection), as well as Hardin-Simmons University theses about the Southwest.
Betty Woods Room of Old, Rare, and Fine Books and Documents housing the:
Simmons Special Collections Room has:
Jesse Wallace Williams Map Collection of about 1000 maps used by and/or produced by Williams in his research and writing of Texas history and given to Rupert Richardson. The collection also includes maps drawn by Richardson for his publications. • Abilene Photograph Collection of some 10,000 historic photographs of Abilene and the region.
B.W. Aston Oral History Collection of oral and/or video interviews and lectures having to do with the history of Abilene, Hardin-Simmons University, and the region.
HSU 1891 Legacy Room houses 3500 historical volumes, documents, and artifacts related to the history of Hardin-Simmons University.
Archives of more than 50 linear feet of files containing the personal papers of Rupert Richardson; photographic slides of Hardin-Simmons buildings, people and events; Hardin-Simmons student newspaper The Brand; documents of Sam Houston, Elizabeth Custer, and Charles Goodnight; and other historic materials.
RESEARCH CENTER INFORMATION
Dr. Rupert N. Richardson