Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Barry Lopez:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1985-2007 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-
Title: Barry Lopez Papers,
Dates: 1985-2007 and undated
Abstract: The Papers contain correspondence and interviews.
Collection # R14.
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Barry Lopez is 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 has 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 writes often about the relationship between physical landscape and human culture. In his fiction, he frequently addresses issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into thirteen languages. He travels widely and has collaborated with a number of artists on a variety of projects in theater, music, and the fine arts. He has a long relationship with Texas Tech University and has been a Distinguished Visiting University Scholar. He lives on the McKenzie River in rural western Oregon.

Major publications include:

  • 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. 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.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, transcripts of interviews including edits by Lopez and his interviewers, and photographs.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.


The collection is organized into two series: correspondence and interviews.
Items containing restricted information were duplicated with the restricted information redacted. Originals were not retained.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945--Interviews.
Magee, Alan.
Martin, Christian, 1972-
Newell, Mike.
O'Connell, Nick.
Shapiro, Michael, 1962-
Authors, American--20th century--Interviews.

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Preferred Citation

Barry Lopez Papers, 1985-2007 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

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Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Newell, Mike, includes photographs, 1999-2007 and undated
2 Shapiro, Michael, 2003-2005 and undated


box folder
1 3 With Alan Magee, in [Alan Magee: Paintings, Sculpture, and Graphics?], includes correspondence, 2002
4 With Christian Martin, in The Georgia Review, includes correspondence, 2004-2006 and undated
5 With Mike Newell, in No Bottom, includes correspondence, 2007 and undated
6 With Mike Newell, in No Bottom, includes uncorrected proof and correspondence, 2004-2007 and undated
7 With Nick O'Connell, in At the Field's End and in the Seattle Review, includes correspondence, 1985-1987 and undated
8 With Michael Shapiro, excerpted for The Sun, 2004
9 With Michael Shapiro, in Michigan Quarterly Review, includes correspondence, 2004-2005 and undated