This blog showcases treasures of the SHSU Special Collections, Digital Collections, and University Archives at Sam Houston State University. We will provide a peek into the wonderful materials in our holdings as well as useful finding aids to collections from SHSU Special Collections and SHSU Archives.

About the Authors

James Williamson
James Williamson is the Digital Resources Librarian at Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with two degrees. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2009 and a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. He currently lives in Huntsville with his wife Felicia Williamson, Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston. He enjoys the works of famed author Richard Castle, playing ice hockey, and cheering on the bad guys in professional wrestling.

Felicia Williamson
Felicia Williamson is the Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston State University. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BA in History and German in 2003 and of Louisiana State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. She currently resides in Huntsville, TX with her husband James Williamson. She enjoys historical dramas, throwing lavish theme parties, and the accordion.

Barbara Kievit-Mason

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Barbara has worked for the Newton Gresham Library for 20 years, 18 of those years as the University Archivist/Library Associate. Barbara is a graduate of Amarillo College, member of the National Scholars Honor Society and  2005 SHSU Sammy Award winner.  Her current hobbies include genealogy, reading, and Words with Friends.


Recent Posts

Belvin Dorm, October 1935

Belvin Hall, built 1935, was the first dorm built on the Sam Houston State University Campus. Built as the girls’ dorm, it was financed by a $150,000 loan and grant by the Depression Era New Deal program called the PWA, Public Works Administration. Click on the photograph at right to see the construction and vehicles of the early 1930’s.

Belvin Hall was named for Caroline Belvin who was an alumnus of Sam Houston Normal Institute (the original name of SHSU), class of 1882, and SHNI professor of primary and interpretative reading from 1903-1916, and Dean of Women on the Sam Houston State Teachers campus from 1917 until her retirement in 1929.

  1. Marines in WWI Display at the NGL Leave a reply
  2. 1943 Library Stamp, POWS, and SHSU’s Country Campus Leave a reply
  3. The Boys of Summer, SHSTC Baseball, March 1949 Leave a reply
  4. Sam Houston Normal Institute and WWI 1 Reply
  5. Moving History: The Roberts/Farris Cabin, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and a few thoughts…. 1 Reply
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  8. Homecoming Old School: 1966 Homecoming Images Leave a reply
  9. ZZ Top takes over the SHSU-LSC Ballroom, 1971 2 Replies