Welcome from the Director

By Beth Kilmarx | 08-18-2020

Image of the Cushing Library building; white building, in 1930 style.



Welcome to the launch of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives’ blog—The Cushing Collective: Explore the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. Even before COVID-19, we in Cushing were looking for new ways to connect with researchers, donors, former students, and fans of Texas A&M University. We have many stories to tell, for you to hear, examine, question, read and write about.

We have cuneiform tablets that will take you back in time 2,000 years and a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Collection that will send you light-years into the future. We are rich in Aggieland history, including documentary heritage of Aggie contributions to the world dating from the early days of Bryan/College Station to 1942 Corregidor (Philippines) Muster to present-day campus. We have stunning artwork by renowned Texas artists, such as Charles Criner, on our walls and in the stacks. Our collections also include recordings of traditional American folksongs, and maps of imaginary places. Our manuscript and printed book collections range from medieval incunabula to modern American classics to our ever-growing LGBTQ+ collection, one of the largest in Texas.

We’re excited for The Cushing Collective. We invite you into the virtual world of Cushing to engage with our fascinating curators, faculty and staff, to explore our diverse collections, to view our online exhibitions, and to learn what this extraordinary institution has to offer you.

Come visit our blog—we look forward to your engagement with Cushing.



Beth Kilmarx

Contact Us: cushingcollective@library.tamu.edu


Beth Kilmarx Beth T. Kilmarx is the Associate Dean and Director of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. She is a former curator of rare books with over 30 years of experience in special collections librarianship. Her areas of specialization include: the history of the book, 19th-century American cloth bindings, cultural heritage preservation methods and theory, and special collections administration.