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Barry Lopez

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Barry Lopez (1945-2020) was an essayist, author, and short story writer. His books include Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, and Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist, as well as several collections of short stories and two collections of essays. He received fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Burroughs Society, the Orion Society, and other institutions. In his nonfiction, Mr. Lopez wrote about the relationship between physical landscape and human culture. In his fiction, he frequently addressed issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into thirteen languages. He traveled widely and collaborated with a number of artists on a variety of projects in theater, music, and the fine arts.  He had a long relationship with Texas Tech University and served as a Distinguished Visiting University Scholar. He lived on the McKenzie River in rural western Oregon, his home area devastated by the Holiday Farm Fire in 2020.

About the collections:

Papers, 1964-2001 is our original Barry Lopez collection. 

Papers, 1968-2008 (5 boxes) collection contains drafts of literary works (primarily short stories, essays and speeches), correspondence and other items relating to Christopher Jones (Christopher Ishna) and the monastery he founded in Wisconsin, as well as material related to Lopez’s travels to teach or lecture at conferences and universities.

Papers, 1948-2014 (11 boxes) contains correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, material used for researching Of Wolves and Men, files from Peter Schults, Lopez’s agent in the beginning of his career, various artifacts, magazines, literary production from other writers, and material collected by the Rev. Arthur Schoenfeldt.

Audio Visual Material (3 boxes) contains audio and video cassettes, reel-to-reel audio tapes, computer disks, and CDs. Many items were removed from the Barry Lopez Papers, 1964-2000 and undated, during processing. Also includes items sent to the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library by Barry Lopez from 2000-2007. Some of the items are commercially produced, but the bulk consists of unique copies of recordings of interviews and readings by Barry Lopez.

Book Jacket Blurbs (3 boxes) includes books, galley proofs, manuscripts, correspondence and other items sent to Barry Lopez for dust-jacket comments and endorsements. He was also asked to serve as a judge for the Bellwether Prize, an award for a work of fiction that incorporates ideas of social justice.

Speaking Engagement Papers (3 boxes) includes materials used Lopez used in preparation for speaking engagements: correspondence, maps, notes and drafts, research materials, photographs, and brochures.

Papers, 1985-2007 (1 box) contains correspondence, transcripts of interviews including edits by Lopez and his interviewers (Mike Newell, Alan Magee Christian Martin, Nick O'Connell, Michael Shapiro), and photographs.

Photographs: Apologia (4 half-size boxes) contains photographs which show Barry Lopez and Sandra Tilcock making the tire-tread prints segments of USGS topographic maps of Wyoming, which were incorporated into Apologia. Includes photographs of the studio interior, visitors, dogs, and tee shirts also printed with the tire-tread.

Photographs, 1964-2001 (3 boxes) contains the photographs, slides, negatives, and contact sheets that were removed from the Barry Lopez Papers, 1964-2001, during processing. These images were produced by Barry Lopez and other photographers. Many images were produced for use in Lopez’s book publications. Other photos were included in business or reader correspondence. Some photographs appear to have been used as writing paper, with writing on the backs. With the exception of photos used for Of Wolves and Men, photocopies of the photographs were made and placed in the folders of the manuscript collection. Dates assigned to specific photographs may reflect date of publication for the associated manuscript material, though many photographs have copyright date on verso. White envelopes with writing and many labels on negative sleeves prepared by Mr. Lopez’s assistant.

Home Ground Collection (21 boxes) includes material related to the writing, editing, and publication of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. Barry Lopez served as editor and Debra Gwartney was the managing editor. The dictionary was published by Trinity University Press in 2006. Information stored digitally was printed at the SWC/SCL; not all files could be opened. Emails from Debra Gwartney were transferred to a Yahoo account and printed by the SWC/SCL. The Yahoo account is now closed. Also includes galleys sent from Trinity University Press by Barbara Ras.

Books, Chapbooks, Broadsides, and Journals Collection, 1963-2013 (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder) contains primarily books, chapbooks, and literary journals, many of which were presented to Lopez by friends and acquaintances and inscribed to him. It includes the recordings and transcript of an interview conducted by Kerry Fine, TTU graduate student in English, in April 2013.

The Working Life of a Writer, Traveling Exhibit Collection (1 oversize folder) includes proofs of exhibit panels and supporting material for a traveling exhibit which was created by the SWC/SCL exhibits and outreach staff in collaboration with Barry Lopez.

A related collection, the James M. Aton Papers (1 box) contain Aton’s correspondence with and about Barry Lopez, and notes, transcripts, and recordings of Aton's interviews with Lopez.

  • Lopez, Barry. Horizon. New York: Knopf, 2019.
  • Lopez, Barry. Outside. San Antonio: Trinity UP, 2014.
  • Lopez, Barry. Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. San Antonio: Trinity UP, 2010.
  • Lopez, Barry. Resistance. New York: Knopf, 2004.
  • Lopez, Barry. Vintage Lopez. New York: Vintage, 2004.
  • Lopez, Barry. Light Action in the Caribbean. New York: Knopf, 2000.
  • Lopez, Barry. About This Life. New York: Knopf, 1998.
  • Lopez, Barry. Apológia. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1998.
  • Lopez, Barry. Lessons from the Wolverine. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1997.
  • Lopez, Barry. Field Notes. New York: Knopf, 1994.
  • Lopez, Barry. The Rediscovery of North America. Lexington, UP of Kentucky, 1990.
  • Lopez, Barry. Crow and Weasel. Berkeley: North Point, 1990.
  • Lopez, Barry. Crossing Open Ground. New York: Scribner, 1988.
  • Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams. New York: Scribner, 1986.
  • Lopez, Barry. Winter Count. New York: Scribner, 1981.
  • Lopez, Barry. River Notes. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McNeel, 1979.
  • Lopez, Barry. Of Wolves and Men. New York: Scribner, 1978.
  • Lopez, Barry. Giving Birth to Thunder. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McNeel, 1978.
  • Lopez, Barry. Desert Notes. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McNeel, 1976.

Updated: July 9, 2021