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Research Center for the Southwest

The mission of the Research Center for the Southwest is to collect, store, preserve, and make accessible historical books, manuscripts, records, oral histories, artwork, maps, architectural drawings, and other materials related to the history of the Southwest, Texas, Abilene, and the region.

In addition, the Center is the primary depository for documents and records concerning the founding, history, development, and operations of Hardin-Simmons University.

Rupert Richardson

The Hardin-Simmons University Library and the Research Center for the Southwest are named for Dr. Rupert N. Richardson.

Not only was Richardson a student, professor, dean, vice president, and president of Hardin-Simmons University, he was known throughout the country as an eminent historian, scholar, and author of Southwest history.

Hardin-Simmons History

As the repository for Hardin-Simmons history and memorabilia, the Research Center houses thousands of HSU-specific materials. Visit in person to explore the Legacy Room, where you can view yearbooks, mementos, newspapers, class catalogues and more from the school’s beginnings in 1891 through present day.

In conjunction with the Legacy Room, the Archives Room houses primary sources from the prominent families associated with the founding and continuation of the school, including: Simmons, Hardin and Legett.

West Texas Digital Archives

The digital home of the Research Center for the Southwest's collections, the West Texas Digital Archive is a part of the Portal to Texas History. Here you can find access to many of the collections housed in the Research Center, including: The Brand, the Bronco, the Corral, the Range Rider, Catalogs, and many other HSU collections.

The WTDA is also the digital home of many collections related to Abilene and West Texas including: Sayles Collection, Legett Collection, Sam Houston, and the Jesse Wallace Williams Map Collection, just to name a few.

West Texas Digital Archives

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Jeremy Maynard
Richardson Library
Research Center
2nd Floor
(325) 670-1237