University Archives and Special Collections

What We Do

Role and Mission Statement

The University Archives and Special Collections Department (UASC) is part of UT Tyler's Robert R. Muntz Library and fully supports the mission and goals of UT Tyler and the Robert R. Muntz Library. In addition, the UASC has distinct functions which drive our overall goals:

  • To document and preserve the teaching, research, community service and administrative functions of the university.
  • To document and preserve student life and activities of the university.
  • To develop and maintain documentation on local history, including Tyler and Smith County.
  • To provide research assistance and accessibility of materials to students, faculty, staff and outside researchers.
  • To ensure longevity of the records and collections at the University Archives and Special Collections.
  • To assist departments, faculty and staff in managing records with enduring value.

Donate or Transfer Items

University Archives

The UASC accepts materials of enduring value from departments across UT Tyler. Please read our instructions on transferring records to the UASC for further details.

Special Collections

The University Archives and Special Collection Department may acquire special collections that represent the history of the surrounding community--materials that document the importance of the history and influence of Tyler and Smith County. For more information on donating special collections, please read our donation information.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission

Rights Management and Access Information

When a researcher publishes scholarly information, such as a thesis or dissertation, the researcher must understand the implications of copyright and how copyright laws effect access to this work. By not understanding these rights, you may mistakenly prohibit access to your work. Below are examples of rights authors should consider before signing any contracts with publishers:

  • The right to make reproductions for teaching purposes, scholarship, or research.
  • The right to borrow and/or publish portions of your thesis/dissertation in future work.
  • The right to display the work (i.e., link to full-text on resumes, cover letter, personal website).
  • The right to archive and preserve your thesis/dissertation in an institutional repository.

Institutional Repository and Open Access

The UT Tyler Institutional Repository is a university affiliated online resource that collects, preserves and provides open access to digital theses and dissertations. The Institutional Repository also provides an outlet for digital submission that retains all of your author rights. In submitting your thesis/dissertation, you allow your work to be accessible online, to the widest range of scholars at no cost to you or other researchers. You can still choose to distribute your work with another publisher, but you must safeguard your right to have the thesis/dissertation also be available in an open access repository. More information on author rights.


All theses and dissertations created at The University of Texas at Tyler are electronically submitted to the Robert R. Muntz Library’s Institutional Repository. Information on how to submit your work.