Texas Archeological Research Laboratory

Special Collections

Amongst TARL's project papers, are the archives of several individuals of import to Texas archeology and the University of Texas' Department of Anthropology These include James E. Pearce, the father of UT archeology, Alex Krieger, E. Mott Davis, Jeremiah Epstein, and many others. Some of these have been digitized while others are in process.  TARL also holds the watercolor archives from Forrest Kirkland and his wife, Lula, including the water colors themselves and their field notes and photographs The Texas Memorial Museum was an early and active participant in archeology and paleontology, and TARL has many of the archival collections as well as the objects from these investigations.  One of the most important portions of these special collections is the administrative records from the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s New Deal programs.  UT Austin was a hub of the projects conducted across Texas.  TARL holds the majority of the projects with the exception of the far west Texas materials which are held at the Panhandle-Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas.