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The Sowell Family Collection in
Literature, Community and the Natural World

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Created through the generous support of former Texas Tech University Regent James Sowell, this collection contains the personal papers of some of the country's most prominent writers on the natural world. Writing with a profound respect for the grandeur and fierceness of the land, these writers are deeply engaged with questions of land use and the nature of community, the conjunction of scientific and spiritual values, and the fragility of wilderness. 

Sowell Collection writers include: Rick Bass, Max Crawford, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, Clyde Jones, William Kittredge, John Lane, Barry Lopez, Walter McDonald, Bill McKibben, Susan Brind Morrow, Gary Paul Nabhan, Doug Peacock, Robert Michael Pyle, David Quammen, Marc Reisner, Pattiann Rogers, Sandra Scofield, Annick Smith, and Ro Wauer.

Supporting collections include: Ed Abbey, Edward Hoagland, Howard Norman, The Richard Rowland Comanche Pots Collection, and The Orion Society Audio Visual Collection.

Recently acquired and as yet unprocessed collections include: Orion Society papers, Doug and Andrea Peacock papers, and papers from Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest.

In addition to published books, materials available for research purposes include correspondence; drafts of manuscripts; research notebooks; diaries and calendars; and photographs, computer files, and film.  With this collection of natural history writers, The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University is rapidly becoming one of the finest repositories of natural history materials in the world.

Finding aids for these manuscript collections can be found at Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Diane Warner
Phone 806-834-0466

Updated Oct. 8, 2015