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Extended Hours will begin September 28, 2014.
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.
806.742.9070


Current and Upcoming Events

10/28/2011Michael 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.
10/2010We 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.
9/09/20106:00PMPoetry 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.

Current Exhibits

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.

Current shows include



11/2014 - 6/2015Through the Lens of Bill Weaks

Bill Weaks bought his first camera as a senior at Plainview High School. After selling a few photographs he realized the potential of turning his hobby into a profitable business. Photography quickly became his life’s work and he opened Bill Weaks’ Photography on September 4, 1955. Though based in Plainview, he also worked in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and El Paso, photographing weddings and community events. He produced portraits of many brides who purchased their gowns at Margaret’s specialty shop or Hemphill-Wells department store in Lubbock. For thirty years, Weaks taught courses for the Professional Photographers of America, and received awards and recognition on a national level.

On display are Bill Weak's photos of brides from 1949-1982 along with photos of the community during that time period.The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library is pleased to present this collection for the use of scholars and researchers.
10/2014 - 3/2015The Texas Tech Dairy Barn: A Resilient Symbol of West Texas

The Texas Technological College Dairy Barn was constructed during 1926-27 and served as a teaching facility for 40 years. The original facility was equipped to sanitarily produce whole milk and cream. The Department of Dairy Manufacturers was able to extend the milking room at the south end of the building due to proceeds from its sales and added butter, ice cream and cheese to its product line.

When the new college opened, agriculture students were allowed to bring their dairy cattle to reside in the barn. The money earned by selling the milk to others and by working in the dairy facility helped pay for these students’ education.

The National Park Service approved of the barn's registry into the National Register of Historic places on April 2, 1992. The Dairy Barn remains quite arguably one of the most recognized and beloved of all the buildings on the Texas Tech campus.
8/14/2014 - 2/01/2015Robert E. Howard, Creator of Conan the Barbarian

A writer of short fiction, Robert E. Howard would find readers in his hometown of Cross Plains, Texas as well as across the globe. Known primarily as the author of Conan the Barbarian, his writings span oil articles for the Cross Plains Review, correspondence with the likes of H. P. Lovecraft, and fictions—western, boxing, pulp, and, yes, sword & sorcery.
The Southwest Collection holdings include a comprehensive selection of his books, physical & digitized copies of his hometown newspaper, serials, and a growing collection of memorabilia from the annual Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains. His work is still represented in Hollywood films, comic books, podcasts, blogs, as well as both fan and research-based societies. This exhibit hopes to capture his diverse legacy.
5/2014 - 9/2015Dr. Sherman Vinograd-Medical Science Director at NASA

During the eighteen years that Dr. Vinograd served as NASA’s Director of Medical Science he led medical engineering and vehicle development research relating to manned space flight. Among his many accomplishments was the establishment of the in-flight Medial Experiments Program, which evaluated human responses to extended space flight in preparation for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab manned space flight programs. His greatest achievement was conceptualizing, establishing, and chairing the Space Medicine Advisory Group (SPAMAG), which was charged with defining the earth-based and space-based research and life-support requirements for a manned orbiting research laboratory. This group proposed an orbiting laboratory designed according to the needs of future human flight crews which resulted in the creation of Skylab. Now on display at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library through September 2015, is an exhibit containing books, photographs, artifacts, and medical and scientific reports. More information on this topic can be found in the Sherman P. Vinograd Papers.
5/1/2014CENSORED! Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.
11/15/2013 - 9/30/2014Texas 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.
4/2012 - 12/2012The 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 - 12/2012John 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


9/2011-
5/2012
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


Upcoming Exhibits


Past Events

3/2012-
2/2012
Sowell Collection Writers
Three exhibit cases showcasing all Sowell Collection Writers including biographies, books, quotes, manuscripts and posters.
9/2010-
6/2011
Romantic Era Rare Books
An exhibit based on the Southwest Collection's Rare Books holdings reflecting western literature during the Romantic era.
11/2010-
6/2011
Merket Alumni Center History
A history of the Merket Alumni Center in photographs.
April 26-28, 2012Celebrating 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, 2012David Quammen, speaking at our Celebrating the Sowell Collection Banquet
Frazier Alumni Center
6-9 p.m.


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, 2012Sowell Collection Lecture: Gretel Ehrlich
ENGL 001
7:00 p.m.


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