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The Sowell Family Collection in
Literature, Community and the Natural World

New for Fall 2020: Sowell Collection Reading Series


Created through the generous support of former Texas Tech University Regent James Sowell, this collection contains the personal papers of some of the country's most prominent writers on the natural world. Writing with a profound respect for the grandeur and fierceness of the land, these writers are deeply engaged with questions of land use and the nature of community, the conjunction of scientific and spiritual values, and the fragility of wilderness. 

Sowell Collection writers include:

  • Rick Bass
  • Lisa Couturier
  • Max Crawford
  • David James Duncan
  • Gretel Ehrlich
  • Paul Gruchow
  • Paul Hawken
  • Clyde Jones
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • William Kittredge
  • Michael Koepf
  • John Lane
  • J. Drew Lanham
  • Barry Lopez
  • Bill McKibben
  • Susan Brind Morrow
  • Gary Paul Nabhan
  • Howard Norman
  • Doug Peacock
  • Andrea Peacock
  • Robert Michael Pyle
  • David Quammen
  • Marc Reisner
  • Pattiann Rogers
  • Sandra Scofield
  • Annick Smith
  • Ro Wauer

    Supporting collections include: Ed Abbey, Edward Hoagland The Richard Rowland Comanche Pots Collection, The Orion Society Audio Visual Collection, and The Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection

    Recently acquired and as yet unprocessed collections include: Howard Norman, and J. Drew Lanham. Additional papers have been received from both Rick Bass and Barry Lopez.

    In addition to published books, materials available for research purposes include correspondence; drafts of manuscripts; research notebooks; diaries and calendars; and photographs, computer files, and film.  With this collection of natural history writers, The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University is rapidly becoming one of the finest repositories of natural history materials in the world.

    Finding aids for these manuscript collections can be found at Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

    For additional information, please contact:
    Dr. Diane Warner
    Phone 806-834-0466

    Updated Aug. 11, 2020