World War I

July 29, 2014

July 28 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. It was supposed to be “the war to end all wars” but it only left millions dead or wounded. Nearly ten million men died from 1914 to 1918 and we must always remember their sacrifice.w_39

If you want to learn more about WWI, check out these awesome resources on the web:

  • German Federal Archive – Over 700 films, photos, documents, and audio recordings related to WWI (website in German)
  • A Guide to WWI Materials from the Library of Congress – The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to World War I, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings
  • WWI Records from the National Archives – Links to military records from WWI
  • Military Resources: World War I from the National Archives – A list of links to articles, photographs, bibliographies, posters, and more
  • World War One from the British Library – Over 500 sources to examine all aspects of the war

We also have some great resources in the VC/UHV Library. Check these out too:

  • 14-18: Understanding the Great War by Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau
  • The First World War by John Keegan
  • With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 by David Stevenson
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (DVD)
  • Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era by Chad Louis Williams
  • To End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman

45th Anniv. of Moon Landing

July 20, 2014

Today, July 20, marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon and safely return to Earth.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Florida on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin ventured out5875-25 onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. The two men spent 21.5 hours on the moon before taking off from the lunar surface to meet up with Collins in the command module and fly back to Earth.

You can learn more about the Apollo 11 mission from the following resources available at the VC/UHV Library, from NASA or the National Air and Space Museum:

June 30 – July 6 Hours

June 26, 2014


The VC/UHV Library and the Victoria Regional History Center will have a change in hours from June 30 until July 6. We are altering our hours to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.

The VC/UHV Library will be open the following hours:

  • Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3 — 7:45 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6 — Closed

The Victoria Regional History Center will be open the following hours:

  • Monday, June 30 — 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, July 1 — 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 2 — 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 3 — 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6 — Closed

We will be open our regular summer hours starting Monday, July 7. If you have any questions regarding hours, you can always call us at 361-570-4166. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Genealogy Workshop

June 6, 2014

Victoria County Genealogical Society


Victoria College/UH-Victoria Library


Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, FNGS

Mr. Bockstruck is the former supervisor of the Genealogy Section at the Dallas Public Library. He is also a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society. Topics of the workshop include: origins of names, southern migrations (especially migration to Texas), locating documents prior to 1850, and immigration records for family history research.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM


The Victoria College

2200 East Red River

Victoria College Student Center, Rooms A-D

Victoria, TX 77901


$45.00 registration fee. Box lunch included.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Victoria Regional History Center located at the VC/UHV Library during normal library hours. The VC/UHV Library is located at 2602 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria, TX 77901.

Space is limited!

Any questions regarding this workshop can be directed to Patsy Hand at 361-575-0049 or Doris Obsta at 361-575-4303.

Summer Session

June 5, 2014

Summer session is here! We are excited to have the students back on campus and the VC/UHV Library is ready to help you with your information needs. Since school is back in session, we’re adjusting our hours to help meet the needs of the students. summersessionbooklogo

During the summer, the library will be open:

  • Monday – Thursday: 7:45 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Of course, our hours will change a little around the 4th of July and you can find those changes at

And don’t forget, if you are looking for a great book to read we have an awesome selection of fiction books in our Leisure Reading section on the 1st Floor. Or if you have a long trip planned in your car, come check out our Audiobooks in the Media Center on the 2nd Floor.

Interim Hours

May 9, 2014

Congratulations to all of the Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria graduates. Everyone in the Library is extremely proud of you and your amazing accomplishment. We wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.

The VC/UHV Library will be shortening its hours through the end of May. We will be open during the following times:

  • May 10 – 11: Closedbook-sunglasses-beach_h528
  • May 12 – 15: Open 8 AM – 5 PM
  • May 17 – 18: Closed
  • May 19 – 23: Open 8 AM – 5 PM
  • May 24 – 26: Closed
  • May 27 – 30 Open 8 AM – 5 PM
  • May 31 – June 1: Closed

Our Summer Hours will begin on Monday, June 2.

Preservation Week

April 24, 2014


Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. To inspire actions to preserve personal, family and community collections, the American Library Association sponsors National Preservation Week. This year, it will take place April 27 – May 3.

The Victoria Regional History Center has prepared a display with guidelines to aid individuals to protect their personal family papers, photos and books. We also have a free brochure and free bookmarks to help your learn more about storing and caring for your papers and photos.  The display is located on the first floor of the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library.


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