Retrospective Theses

How to grant permission to make your A&M thesis publicly available online

Texas A&M former students are invited to share their pre-2004 theses by granting the University permission to freely distribute these digitized works online.

In June 2012, scanned versions of the shelf copies of Texas A&M graduate theses were added to the Texas A&M Digital Repository. Because authors hold the copyright to their theses, files are initially restricted. While anyone can view a description of your thesis in the repository, only those on the A&M campus can download the file.

Once you have granted your permission, users around the world will be able to read, print, and download your thesis online through the Texas A&M Digital Repository.

To make your thesis openly accessible in the Digital Repository, please follow these steps:

  1. Locate your thesis in the Retrospective Theses and Dissertations (1922-2004) collection in the Digital Repository. You can find your thesis by searching for your name, thesis title, etc.
  2. Click on the “Request Open Access” button at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted with a form requesting your contact information.
  3. Upon completing and submitting the form, a “Request sent” message will display.
  4. A Library representative will contact you to finish the permissions process.
  5. Once you have granted permission, your thesis will be released to the open Internet. Gig ‘Em.

Why do I not see a 'Request Open Access' button on my thesis?

If you are visiting the repository website from an IP address on the A&M campus, you will not see a 'Request Open Access' button. If you are on campus and have located your thesis in the Retrospective Theses Collection in the Digital Repository, please contact us directly at with your name, mailing address, phone number, thesis title, and year of graduation to initiate the process of setting your thesis free. Please include in the subject line, Request Open Access.


Please consult the LibGuide Finding Electronic Theses and Dissertations for further information. If you have any questions, please contact the Digital Services & Scholarly Communication unit at