Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

San Angelo: Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection

This Angelo State University library houses more than 190 collections chronicling the region’s extensive history, including several impressive Hispanic collections with exhibits and materials available in the Elmer Kelton Reading Room located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. Tejano materials range from handmade spurs dating to the era of Spanish conquistadors in the Joe and Hope Russell Collection to documents revealing Pancho Villa's Mexican Revolution activities in the Williwood Meador Collection, along with more recent local historical collections. Visitors requesting materials will wait a few moments for staff to get them from the climate-controlled storeroom, and don white gloves to peruse the delicate documents and photographs.

Just a few miles away, downtown San Angelo's El Paseo de Santa Angela, a five-block river walk, connects cultural and historic sites. Visitors on the path can see Spanish Colonial and Mexican religious art exhibits at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, learn about regional railroad history at the Historic Orient-Santa Fe Depot, and conclude at the Fort Concho Historic National Landmark.

Watch the video below to learn more about sheep shearers in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in the Hispanic Texans mobile tour, more information about which may be found on our Hispanic heritage page at the following link:


  • Angelo State University
  • 2601 W. Ave. N
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • 76909


Hours & Fees

  • Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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