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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



3/2018-9/2018Women Who Shaped Texas Tech
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will honor Women’s History Month during April with an exhibit about groundbreaking alumnae and faculty who have shaped Texas Tech University’s history. The third annual exhibit will honor these Women Who Shaped Texas Tech:
  • Margaret Wilson, one of the pioneers in Texas Tech women’s athletics.

  • Sunanda Mitra, the first female researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering and a Horn Professor

  • Marilyn Phelan, who earned her law degree during a time when female students were actively being discouraged from entering the field and who later went on to become General Counsel for the university

  • Mary Jane Johnson, an internationally known Opera singer

  • Elizabeth “Bess” Haley, former Dean of the College of Home Economics and the only woman to serve as professor, dean, interim-president and deputy chancellor for operations.
Biographies of all the women featured can be viewed here and the TTU Women’s Timeline is available here.
The annual exhibit is hosted in two campus buildings. The 2018 honorees will be featured in an exhibit in the SWC/SCL and will be on view from 3/2018-9/2018. Past honorees will be featured in a 12-panel exhibit in the Croslin Room of the TTU Library through 5/5/18.
2/2018 - 6/2018From Here, It's Possible: West Texas Goes to The Stars

Texas Tech alumni who worked at NASA are honored in a new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

Texas Tech University and West Texas are not often associated with NASA and its many incredible accomplishments.Yet from the earliest attempts at manned space flight until the present day, many of the talented men and women who guided us to the stars hailed from West Texas, were educated at Texas Tech, or have served among Texas Tech’s faculty and administration. Quotes and stories from oral histories with former TTU Regent Bernard Harris and Dean of Engineering Al Sacco are included, as well as from moon walkers and mission controllers from the region.

February 2018 also commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. The exhibit includes portraits, quotes and memorabilia from TTU graduate and STS-107 Commander Rick Husband, whose papers are housed at the Southwest Collection, as well as from Lubbockite Willie McCool, the shuttle pilot. McCool’s items were loaned for the exhibit through the generosity of his parents, Texas Tech professors Audrey and Barry McCool, and his widow, Lani McCool. A video about the STS-107 mission is also on view.
11/6/2017 - 12/2018“Food and …” The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
A new exhibit at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library supports the Humanities Center's 2017-2018 theme "Food and..." The Southwest Collection has books, serials, and manuscript collections touching this year’s theme. Items range from cookbooks, to food magazines, to manuscript materials about food, as well as photographs which reflect illustrations of food preparation, crops, and items for consumption. Some of the items on view come from collections such as Rare Books, the Sowell Collection, and University Archives among others. All of these materials are available to researchers.
10/2017 - 12/2018President Grover E. Murray: A Decade of Progress

An exhibit showcasing President Grover Murray and his accomplishments such as overseeing the transition of Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University, the creation of the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), forming of the medical and law schools, as well as the construction of numerous campus buildings.
5/2016-5/2017Chris Oglesby: Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air, 10th Anniversary
The Crossroads of Music Archive, located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL), is proud to announce that the Chris Oglesby collection is now open for research. Oglesby donated his research materials for his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” to the archive in January 2016. His collection contains biographies, correspondence, literary works of the author and others, photographs, song lyrics, audio interviews and more.
An exhibit curated by the archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., and fabricated by Lyn Stoll, is located in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL. The exhibit is a small collection of snapshots highlighting some of the artists found within the book, including Tommy Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes and others. Sept. 1, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.
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.
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.