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.
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.
|3/2017-9/2017||Fall Into Diversity: My Story|
The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library will honor Women’s History Month during March 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:
|3/2017 - 9/1/2017||Coke Stevenson: “Mr. Texas”|
Coke Stevenson was born in 1888 in Mason County, Texas. He owned a freight-line at sixteen, rose from janitor to bank president, and passed the bar exam and practiced law for over sixty years, with only twenty-two months of formal education. He served two terms as Kimble County Attorney and County Judge before his election to the Texas House of Representatives, becoming its first two-term Speaker. He was twice elected Lieutenant Governor, and elected governor in August 1941, serving two terms during World War II. Known as “Mr. Texas,” after the war Stevenson ran for U.S. Senate against Lyndon B. Johnson, but lost in the infamous “Voting Box #13” run-off. He returned to his law practice, friends, and ranch until his death on June 28, 1975. His family donated the Governor Coke Stevenson and Marguerite King Heap Collection to Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
|12/1/2016 - 9/2017||Remembering Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941:The Seventy-fifth Anniversary|
A new exhibit in the Coronelli Rotunda at the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library commemorates this pivotal event in American history and features excerpts from oral histories and manuscripts permanently housed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.
|5/2016-5/2017||Chris 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.
|5/2014 - 9/2015||Dr. 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.
|5/1/2014||CENSORED! 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 - 9/30/2014||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.
|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.