Now the university is going to share it with the world.
"That's the most important thing," Garcia's daughter, Cecilia Garcia Akers said. "That my father's collection will be available to the entire world. Finally people will learn about him and all his work."
The university announced this week an undetermined portion of the collection will be digitized by an outside agency. Access will be available to all. Specifics are being worked out, but it is anticipated there will be a link off the library's special collection's website and through other online resources for state libraries.