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TCU Vertical Files, 1869-2007 (inclusive), 1950-1990 (bulk)

Identifier: RU 32

Scope and Contents

The honors program files were removed September, 2015 to start a collection, The Records of the John V. Roach Honors College. Also, the Inter-University Council file was removed and added to an Accession of the J.M. Moudy Papers.


  • Creation: 1989-2007

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


4 File cabinets

20.54 Linear feet

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The files include historical documents that pertain to the University and its various activities, such as the original charter for AddRan Christian College and a list of graduates from the college's very first matriculating class, for example.  Also included are materials produced by various campus departments and organizations (i.e. ROTC, the Alumni Association, English Department, etc.) as well as flyers from various art exhibits, film festivals, and numerous other campus events.  Several subject files have been added over time, such as "Horned Frog Mascot," "Minorities at TCU" and "Student Life."  Newspaper clippings, university bulletins, publications, correspondence and pamphlets make up the bulk of the material in these files.


Arranged alphabetically by subject in folders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The exact provenance for the vertical files is unknown. The Reference Department began collecting the materials housed in these files prior to the existence of a Special Collections Department at TCU. The materials are primarily TCU related and were created with university resources and/or for university purposes.

Guide to the Vertical Files
Compiled by Amy Leslie
February 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)