The John Hunter Room Collection, located on the first floor of
the Arnulfo L. Oliveira Library, contains historical material documenting the
development of Cameron and Willacy counties, as well as Northern Mexico. This
collection supports the university curriculum by providing materials for student,
faculty, and outside researcher use. There are over 3,000 rare and local history-related books, as well as microfilm collections, rare maps, oral and video history
interviews, and photo collections.
A major subject focus is the Mexican-American War and our partnership
with the Palo Alto National Battlefield. The Battlefield's collection of hundreds of books
and microfilms are now housed in the Hunter Room.
This is a closed-stack collection, meaning that materials cannot leave the
Archival Collection Highlights include:
- The Menton Murray Papers, documenting the life of longtime Cameron County Representative Menton Murray, Sr.
- The Bruce Underwood Papers, documenting the life of Bruce Underwood, a prominent journalism professor and newspaper reporter.
- The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce Papers, documenting the 1920s to the 1960s, a key period in the development of both the tourism and maquiladora industries.
- The University Archives, which chronicle the development of the institution
that is now the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College