Announcements and Calendar
Calendar of Events
Our gallery and reading room are open year-round.
Summer hours are Monday thru Friday 9 am to 5 pm. and Sat., 9 am to 1 pm
Fall and Spring school semester hours are: Mon., Wed., Fri., 9 am to 5 pm
Tues., Thur., 9 am to 7 pm
Sat., 9 am to 1 pm
Holiday hours can change, please call ahead to the reference desk
if you have any questions.
|10/28/2011||Michael Pollan Q&A Session|
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Formby Room
Do you have questions? Michael Pollan will be here to answer them. For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. His books include Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual; In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto; The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.
|10/2010||We are happy to announce that the Susan Brind Morrow Manuscript collection is open for research|
Susan Brind Morrow is an author, translator, and linguist living in New York State. A finding aid for this collection can be found at the SWC/SCL's TARO website, linked from the Reference Services tab. This collection is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library thanks the Sowell family for their generous support.
|9/09/2010||6:00PM||Poetry Reading by Formby Fellow Millicent Borges Accardi |
English Building, Room 106
Millicent Borges Accardi has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the arts (NEA), the California Arts Council, the Barbara Deming Foundation, and is currently a Formby Fellow at the SWC/SC Library at Texas Tech. Her work has appeared in over 50 publications including Nimrod, Tampa Review, New Letters and Wallace Stevens Journal as well as in Boomer Girls (Iowa Press) and Chopin with Cherries (Moonrise Press) anthologies.
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library exhibits program offers many treats to patrons under the three turrets of our facility on the Texas Tech University campus. More information on our exhibits can be found here.
|11/15/2013 - 9/30/2014||Texas Tech: Then & Now|
Contrasting campus scenes of the last eighty five years are shown in 68 photographs in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
|6/24/2013 - 8/31/2013||Assassination of a President: An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963|
On November 22, 1963, tragedy struck the United States when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The assassination occurred fifty years ago, but remains fresh in many Americans minds and continues to be a subject for researchers. On display are materials from the Waggoner Carr and George Mahon Collections focusing on The Trip to Texas, The Assassination, and The Aftermath. As part of the exhibit, many books written on the subject are presented in a separate exhibit case which is accompanied by a recording of a radio broadcast made on November 22, 1963.
|10/2013 - 6/2014||Women Who Shaped Texas Tech|
Margaret Watson Weeks, Mary Woodward Doak and Elizabeth Howard West would emerge as three important figures in the history of women at Texas Tech. Margaret Watson Weeks, Dean of the School of Home Economics for over twenty-five years, shaped the School’s programs, courses, and the cultural and social activities for women on campus. She also worked to establish Casa Linda, a cooperative residence for women on the Tech campus. Mary Woodward Doak served as both the Dean of Women and a professor in the English Department from 1925-1945 and was responsible for encouraging support for a museum at Texas Tech. Elizabeth Howard West, having worked at the Library of Congress and as Texas State Library Archivist, served as the first librarian at Texas Technological College in 1925. The exhibit contains more information on these three remarkable women as well as items and scenes from early college life at Texas Tech, all of which is housed in the University Archives at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
|1/2013 - 12/2013||The First Storm Chaser: Dr. Fujita, Catastrophic Winds, and the Lubbock Tornado|
Dr. Ted Fujita researched meteorology, focusing on severe storms, and is credited with theorizing the existence of microbursts. His most widely known contribution was the creation of the Fujita Scale, or F-scale, which is used to assess tornado strength based on a given storm's wind speed and resulting damage. The exhibit includes photographs, film, charts, publications, newspapers, and posters documenting the broad scope of his research.
|4/2012 - 12/2012||The Sowell Collection of Natural History Writers |
Three exhibit cases showcase the Sowell Collection’s eighteen natural history writers. Viewer’s can see each author’s portrait, one of their written works and an excerpt. Also included are items of interest from the Sowell Collection
|2/2012 - 12/2012||John Burroughs Award Winners - Holden Reading Room |
Featuring Sowell Collection Writers and John Burroughs Award Winners: Barry Lopez, David Quammen, Gary Nabhan along with his Award, plus 15 other books by Burroughs Award Winners.
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library-associated shows at other venues
|Lubbock International Airport - Crossroads Music Archive |
Album covers of musicians whose collections reside at the Archive are displayed in two exhibit cases near Gate 5, also a four panel exhibit of memorabilia from various Crossroads Music Archive collections can be seen on the concourse
|Sowell Collection Writers |
Three exhibit cases showcasing all Sowell Collection Writers including biographies, books, quotes, manuscripts and posters.
|Romantic Era Rare Books |
An exhibit based on the Southwest Collection's Rare Books holdings reflecting western literature during the Romantic era.
|Merket Alumni Center History |
A history of the Merket Alumni Center in photographs.
|April 26-28, 2012||Celebrating the Sowell Collection Conference|
All are invited to attend the Sowell Collection Conference. Sowell Collection writers David Quammen, Gretel Ehrlich, Barry Lopez and Gary Paul Nabhan will each give a presentation, a question and answer session, and sign books.Conference presentations will be in the Formby Room. There will also be a banquet, April 26, and a lecture, April 27. Contact Dr. Diane Warner (ext. 2-3749) for additional information.
|April 26, 2012||David Quammen, speaking at our Celebrating the Sowell Collection Banquet|
Frazier Alumni Center
The Sowell Collection Banquet will be held at the Frazier Alumni Center from 6-9 p.m. Barry Lopez will introduce the featured speaker, David Quammen, author of The Song of the Dodo, Monster of God, and The Reluctant Mr. Darwin. The banquet is open to all, no charge. Contact Dr. Diane Warner (ext. 2-3749) for details. For additional information on David Quammen, see: http://www.swco.ttu.edu/Sowell/DavidQuammen.php
|April 27, 2012||Sowell Collection Lecture: Gretel Ehrlich|
Gretel Ehrlich will be the featured speaker. A reception and the Sowell Collection Conference book signing will follow. For additional information on Gretel Ehrlich, see: http://www.swco.ttu.edu/Sowell/GretelEhrlich.php