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University Student Handbooks

Identifier: AS36.T4 H5

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the various editions of the student handbook. Published each year, the student handbook assists students in navigating university life. Early editions of the handbook included information about registration, items to bring to school, athletics, and registration. Later editions acquainted students with the university's heritage, facilities, services, activities, personnel, regulations, and extracurricular activities. It contains Texas State's policies governing campus activities. It also contains the Code of Student Conduct in effect at the time of its publication. The most current Code of Student Conduct can be found online through the Office of the Dean of Students. Contents of the handbooks vary over time and reflect the changes of the institution. The handbook is a publication of Texas State University, produced by the Office of University Marketing and coordinated through the Dean of Students Office. It has been known as the Student Handbook (1922-1950), Hill Hints (1950-51 to 1993-94), the Southwest Texan (1994-95 to 2004-05), and the Student Handbook & Planner (2005-06 to present). Missing handbooks from 1964-65 and 2014-15.

Source: 2006-2007 Student Handbook & Planner


  • 1947 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Texas State University. Educational reproduction is allowed without permission. Authorization to publish must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives.

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Biographical / Historical

Texas State University was established by the 26th Legislature in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School; 313 pupils were enrolled in 1903-04, the first year classes were held.

The school name changed to Southwest Texas State Normal College in 1918, to Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1925, to Southwest Texas State College in 1959, to Southwest Texas State University in 1969, to Texas State University-San Marcos in 2003, and to Texas State University in 2013.


182 Volumes (Volumes do not count toward linear feet estimate. )

1.08 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Items are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the library on rolling basis. Additional copies can be found in Alkek Library general collection.

Existence and Location of Originals

See Dudley R. Dobie, Sr. papers (90.200.Faculty.2016.Dobie) for student handbook dating from 1922-23.

University Student Handbooks
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Revision Statements

  • 2021-04-02: Adapted for ArchivesSpace, new materials added by Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Alkek Library Room 580
601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA