The Tarahumara Collection
Southwest Collection, 2007-2008

The Tarahumara are an indigenous people inhabiting the rugged Sierra Madre mountains and canyons of southwestern Chihuahua, Mexico. After four centuries of attempted assimilation they remain one of the largest and most distinct of native North American cultural groups, holding to many ancient practices including maize cultivation, fiber weaving, and cave dwelling.

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Winston Reeves in his studioThe Photos of Winston Reeves
Lubbock Intl Airport, SWC-2004

After graduating from Texas Tech University Winston Reeves began his photographic career in 1938 when he opened a studio at 1719 Broadway in
Lubbock. In addition to building a thriving portraiture business, Reeves documented the growth of Lubbock and the surrounding area until his death in 1965.
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Please visit The Winston Reeves Collection at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library for related information.

Salt of the Earth:
Ceramics by James Watkins
Southwest Collection/Special Collections
Library, Spring 2008
James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has been working with clay for over 30 years. His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts and the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan. Mr. Watkins is a Horn Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. The Horn Professorship is the highest honor that the university bestows on members of its faculty. He is also a recipient of the Presidentís Excellence in Teaching Award

Volunteer! A Lifetime of Katie Parks
Southwest Collection, Spring 2008

Katie Parks was not born in Lubbock, but thatís hard to believe since everyone knows her as an essential institution both at Texas Tech and the city. She arrived in 1939 to pick cotton with her sister and stayed to work as a waitress, elevator operator, secretary and operations manager, growing into every job.


Music Archive 
Southwest Collection, Summer 2007-2008  
Stubb's Music Venue, Jesse 'Guitar' Taylor, Alan Munde & Joe Carr, Don Caldwell Studios

The Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University established the Crossroads of Texas Music Archive to preserve the rich musical heritage of West Texas. The archive is taking the initiative to collect, process, and preserve the West Texas music legacy. The archive is taking the initiative to collect, process, and preserve the West Texas music legacy.These exhibits showcase a small portion of the collection.
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 Illustration from Thomas Gray's ElegyFrom Glory to the Grave:
A Collection of Thomas Gray's
Elegy in a Country Churchyard


     Thomas Gray (1716-1771) enjoyed a quiet life at Cambridge as a scholar of Greek and history.  Perhaps as early as 1742 he began a long meditative elegy.  Composed over several years, Gray completed his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard in 1750.  The source of his inspiration was Stoke Poges Church in England, in whose churchyard Gray now rests.
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