Explore East Texas history with the resources at the East Texas Research Center (ETRC), located on the second floor of Ralph W. Steen Library at Stephen F. Austin State University. The ETRC is open Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM, and by appointment with 48 hours notice on Saturdays.
Digital copies of items are available in the Digital Archives and Collections. Items include 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.
How to explore the East Texas Research Center Archives
- Visit the ETRC in person. Be sure to check out our building use policy before you visit.
- Browse our online collections, wherever you are.
Retaining records from SFA and all areas of East Texas is part of ETRC's mission. How can you preserve history? There are three ways: by donating items of historical interest or value to the East Texas Research Center, by getting someone you know to donate items to the East Texas Research Center, or by donating funds to help the East Texas Research Center continue its' mission to preserve history. Help shape the present and future view of the past before the past becomes lost forever.
How to Donate Materials to the East Texas Research Center
The ETRC welcomes donations of manuscript material, photographs, books, or other items which fall within the collecting scope of the Center. These donations enrich the Center's collections and allow us to use our limited monetary resources for other purposes. Donations of books will be recognized by a letter from the Ralph W. Steen Library thanking the individual for his donation. Manuscript collections will be given special consideration by the East Texas Research Center and arrangements for their donation should be made through the Director, Linda Reynolds.