Special Collections Department

The Special Collections Department established in the mid-1970s to house rare books acquired by the library. In nearly thirty years Special Collections has grown to include the History of Aviation Collection, the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library, the Louise B. Belsterling Botanical Library, various Unique Book Collections, and the University Archives.

The History of Aviation Collection is the largest section of the department, consisting of a world-class aeronautical archive and library. The Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library is an outstanding regional resource for both philatelic and postal history. The Louise B. Belsterling Library holds an extraordinary collection of rare botanical books, including the library's oldest volume.


2015 Jalonick Lecture: Authors to Speak on Aviation Rivalry

For years, Dallas and Fort Worth were fierce competitors in just about every arena including business, architecture, and entertainment. Aviation was no exception. As commercial flight grew in prominence in the 1950s, both cities worked to lure businesses within the aviation industry to their respective cities by building bigger and better airports. Read more

Special Collections Volunteer To Be Honored

Helen Small spent years building her family business and raising a family. After decades of caring for others, she finally took the steps to achieve her life-long goal. Fox 4’s Clarice Tinsley has her unique story of determination and commitment. Read more

A Pilot’s Mission

One North Texas pilot recounts his days after the military and the secrets missions that he flew for the CIA. The danger he faced while working for the intelligence agency and his connection to the Eugene McDermott Library are in this Profile of Courage.

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Second Saturday of the month: 9 AM - 1 PM or by appointment

For more information contact us at:
Phone: 972-883-2570
Email: libspco@utdallas.edu
Eugene McDermott Library,
Special Collections
800 West Campbell Road,
Richardson, TX 75083-0643,

Paul Oelkrug CA,
Coordinator for Special Collections