ARCHIVE & ARTIFACT
From mammoth bones to conjunto tunes, the Museum of South Texas History collects, preserves and exhibits material relating the distinctive history and heritage of the lower Rio Grande region, along with the adjoining regions of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.
Strengths of the collections include material pertaining to the Plan de San Diego, photo studio records and photographs, land title records, citrus/agriculture-related materials, and one of the largest collections of historical photographs within the lower Rio Grande Valley.
The museum’s three-dimensional holdings strongly reflect the region’s ranch tradition, which developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the agricultural boom that began with the arrival of railroads and irrigation in the early twentieth century.
Collections of late twentieth century and contemporary material document the borderland region’s growing, multifaceted economy and multicultural society.
The museum continues to acquire significant material from prehistoric, historic, and contemporary eras of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. For more information about donating to the museum, see our Donation FAQ.