Formby Research Fellowship


Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Texas Tech University


Application deadline:  We are no longer taking applications; the Formby Fellowship Program has ceased. 


The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) invites applications for the Formby Research Fellowships which support short-term fellowships of 1-3 months.  The fellowships, which carry a stipend of $2,000 per month and must be taken between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014, are open to researchers residing outside the Lubbock area.  Fellows are expected to be in residence and conduct research in the collections during the majority of the award period.  Funding for the fellowships comes from the Sharleen and Marshall Formby Endowment.


•  SWC/SCL research topics include: the American West, ranching, agriculture, transportation, politics, wind research, Texas music, military affairs, the financial planning movement, water resources, oil production, and the environment.

•  The James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World includes the papers of contemporary writers on the literature of place: Rick Bass, Max Crawford, David James Duncan, Gretel Ehrlich, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, Walter McDonald, Bill McKibben, Susan Brind Morrow, Gary Paul Nabhan, Doug Peacock, David Quammen, Pattiann Rogers, Sandra Scofield, and Annick Smith. 

•  The SWC/SCL is also a major center for the history of American sports.  It holds the organization records of the Southwest Athletic Conference, as well as a substantial collection of oral histories, scrapbooks, and memorabilia on America’s sporting heritage.  Other collections include regional oral histories and photographic images and records for the Millennial Collection, a photographic documentary project.  The Rare Books department holds collections focusing on Joseph Conrad, John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Kay Boyle and James Dickey, as well as a growing collection of contemporary artist’s books.


            There is no special application form and this notice provides all the essential information needed to apply.  Applicants should submit the following: 

(1)  cover sheet stating a) name, b) title of project, c) expected period of residence,  d) institutional affiliation, e) mailing and email address, f) telephone numbers;

(2)  a letter (not to exceed 1,000 words) which briefly describes the project, states the specific relevance of the Library's collections to the project, and indicates expected results of the research (such as publications);

(3)  a curriculum vita or resume; and

(4)  one letter of reference. 


Guides to the SWC/SCL holdings are available at the website:  Applicants are encouraged to consult the SWC/SCL staff by mail or phone.  Inquiries may be addressed to SWC/SCL staff or to the Formby Research Fellowship Committee.  Email or fax submissions are acceptable.


Address application or inquiries to:     Dr. Diane Warner, Chair

                                                            Formby Research Fellowships Committee

                                                            Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

                                                            MS 41041

                                                            Texas Tech University

                                                            Lubbock, TX 79409-1041


Fax:    806-742-0496               Phone:  806-742-3749           For further information contact Dr. Diane Warner at