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The University Archives in the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, is devoted to preserving and providing access to historical medical collections and the institutional records of the UNT Health Science Center.

The University Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the heritage of osteopathic medicine, documents the history of the university, and supports the research endeavors of the University of North Texas Health Science Center and public researchers.

The University Archives began in 1982 under the curation of C. Ray Stokes and was known as Special Collections. Through a generous grant from the Mabee Petroleum Corporation, donations by numerous individuals, and the transfer of institutional records, the University Archives has grown steadily through the years. Today the University Archives encompasses, 350+ linear feet of archival materials, digital collections, and 2,500+ volumes in the rare and historical books collection.

Seal of University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
University seal from the office of former President David M. Richards

The University Archives serve as the institutional memory of the UNT HSC and plays a vital role in the management of the institution’s evidentiary documents and resources in all formats. A strong archive is an integral component of, and an active partner to any thriving and accountable institution.

Gray archive boxes on metal shelves

The Archives consists of archival collections, rare and historical books, and oral histories. Detailed guides compiled specifically to describe the arrangement and contents of a collection and to aid in its research, called finding aids, can be accessed in the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library institutional repository, the UNTHSC Scholar.

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Faculty, students, and visitors are welcomed to utilized the unique resources in the Archives for their study and research. The materials cannot be checked out; however, they may be used within the Archives area.

Appointments can be scheduled between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. on weekdays, excluding university holidays and other campus closings.

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