The vertical files began as a way for the reference librarians at TCU to organize the various ephemera they acquired regarding the history and development of the University. At some point, these files became part of Special Collections due to the nature of the materials and their historical value.
The files include historical documents that pertain to the University and its various activities, such as the original charter for AddRan Christian College and a list of graduates from the college’s very first matriculating class. Also included are materials produced by various campus departments and organizations (i.e. ROTC, the Alumni Association, English Department, etc.) as well as flyers from various art exhibits, film festivals, and numerous other campus events. Several subject files have been added over time, such as “Horned Frog Mascot,” “Minorities at TCU” and “Student Life.” Newspaper clippings, university bulletins, publications, correspondence and pamphlets make up the bulk of the material in these files.