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Extended Hours will begin August 27, 2015.
Saturday Hours will begin September 12, 2015.
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.

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

9/17/2015 - 1/15/2016ON THE CONSTITUTION: A Collaborative Exhibit

ON THE CONSTITUTION is an exhibit of early works on the history of the United States with a focus on the United States Constitution. Items displayed were provided by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Rare Books collection, the University Library, and the Remnant Trust, Inc.

Each advertisement in this exhibit comes from digitized issues of the TTU student paper during the 1970s. Most of the advertisements represent not only Lubbock businesses from the past but also popular culture gimmicks in their marketing to college students.
3/2015 - 9/2015The University Archives celebrates "The Women Who Shaped Texas Tech"

The second annual “Women Who Shaped Texas Tech” exhibit is on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. The exhibit, as part of Women’s History Month, honors those who have made lasting impressions on the University’s history.

Featured this year are Lucille S. Graves, the first African-American student enrolled at Texas Tech; Ophelia Powell-Malone, the first African-American student to graduate with a bachelor’s degree; Faye Bumpass, a nationally known author of bilingual education textbooks who became one of the first female Horn Professors at Texas Tech; Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, a Horn Professor who taught at Tech for more than 50 years; and Mina Wolf Lamb, who helped established the federally funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental food program at the Lubbock Children’s Health Clinic where she had volunteered for 18 years as a teacher of nutrition.

Through hard work and forward thinking, the women featured in this exhibit helped Texas Tech became and remain an institution dedicated to providing an excellent education for women.
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

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

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, 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:
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: