East Texas Research Center FAQ
What collections are available?
For a full list of collections see the ETRC site.
How do I request copies of archived material?
Please contact the ETRC at (936) 468-4100 for pricing and delivery options.
When is the East Texas Research Center open?
The ETRC is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, as well as from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
What materials are housed in the ETRC?
The ETRC contains materials relating to East Texas in general-- both corporate and personal.
How do I donate materials to the ETRC?
If you have something you would like to share with the ETRC, please contact the ETRC's desk at 936-468-4100.
Can I borrow materials from the ETRC?
Currently, only county records on microfilm can be borrowed from library-to-library. All other material must be used in the ETRC.
What is the oldest item in the ETRC?
The ETRC houses documents dating back to 1647.
How can I research my family history?
The ETRC can help you research your family history! This task is more easily performed when you know names of relatives as far back as possible. The ETRC can trace family trees as far as the US Census records will show. You can view them yourself usingHeritage Quest.
If I have an in-depth question that may take some time to answer, can the ETRC answer it?
For detailed people searches, the ETRC has a list of researchers who are willing to take on requests. These services are fee based.
If I loan materials to the ETRC, can I reacquire them later?
Although no loan material will be accepted, certain contributions to the archive can be digitized, and the original returned shortly thereafter.
Does the ETRC also keep historical artifacts?
The ETRC only archives historical records-- artifacts can be found at the Stone Fort Museum.
Does the ETRC welcome storytellers?
Absolutely! Please call the ETRC desk at (936) 468-4100 for details on how to share your story with us.
Where can I find answers to questions regarding records retention?
Visit our site for a detailed description, schedule, and forms.
What is Digital Archives and Collections?
Digital Archives and Collections mission is to provide virtual access to archival material that supports the educational and research goals of Stephen F. Austin State University through the collaborative efforts of East Texas community members and other institutions. The East Texas Research Center at SFASU, which maintains Digital Archives & Collections, provide digital copies of photographs, documents, maps, books and other archival materials associated with the East Texas geographical region from the Gulf of Mexico north to the Red River and east of the Trinity River to Western Louisiana, which was once part of Texas. The digitized material is freely available to students, teachers and the general public for their historical and genealogical research.
If I have something to add to Digital Archives and Collections, whom do I contact?
The ETRC department can be reached at (936) 468-4100 or email@example.com.