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Hidalgo County Historical Commission Collection

 Collection — Container: 79
Identifier: ELIBR-0079

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of applications for historical markers and historical cemeteries, research, notes, correspondence, organizational files, and maps. Historical marker applications were submitted by the Hidalgo County Historical Commission to the Texas Historical Commission Research Department. Marker applications typically include research describing the importance of the location. Files may also include photographs and dedication pamphlets. Collection also contains organizational files from the Hidalgo County Historical Society, which was later re-named to the Hidalgo County Historical Commission.

Series I, Historical Markers I, 1964-2013, consists of applications and research pertaining to historical markers and historical cemeteries.

Series II, Historical Markers II, 1964-2016, consists of applications and research pertaining to historical markers and historical cemeteries.

Series III, Historical Markers Administrative files, 2006-2013, consists of applications, notes, research, and correspondence pertaining to historical markers and historical cemeteries.

Series IV, Historical Research, 1969-2013, consists of research for historical marker applications.

Series V, General, 1929-2015, consists of organizational files, newsletters, notes, and publications.

Series VI, Archives Alert, 1922-1980, consists of photocopies of historic newspaper clippings.

Series VII, Maps, 1884-2011, consists of maps from Cameron and Hidalgo County.


  • 1884-2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in our collections may be protected by copyright. Publication, transmission, or reproduction of items protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Whenever possible, accurate information about the copyright status of material is provided in the item record and/or documentation for material in the collection. The Library does not own the copyright in much of the material in its collection and is therefore unable to grant copyright permission to publish those items. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine copyright or other use restrictions and obtain proper permission when publishing or distributing materials found in these collections. Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use. Additional information about copyright and fair use is available via the Library's Copyright Guide at


38.75 Linear Feet (Records box) : 23 records boxes, 3 scrapbooks, 10 rolled items. Audio and video materials as well as hundreds of slides.

Language of Materials



Series I. Historical Markers I, 1964-2013 (146 folders) Series II. Historical Markers II, 1964-2016 (125 folders) Series III. Historical Markers Administrative files, 2006-2013 (41 folders) Series IV. Historical Research, 1969-2013 (116 folders) Series V. General, 1929-2015 (149 folders) Series VI. Archives Alert, 1922-1980 (21 folders) Series VII. Maps, 1884-2011 (7 items)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Hidalgo County Historical Commission


Some files have numerical numbers following their title, these correspond to numbers that were assigned by the Hidalgo County Historical Commission. Furthermore, some files also have codes consisting of numbers and letters e.g. (09HG01). These codes numbers were assigned by the Texas Historical Commission, the first two digits correspond to a year, "HG" stands for Hidalgo County, and the last two digits correspond to a sequential number that the application was assigned.


Please contact University Library, Special Collections and University Archives at (956) 665-2726 or via email at for more information and requests.

Deandra Portner
September 23, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

ELIBR 1.104
University Library
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg TX 78539-2999
(956) 665-2726