Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

James M. Aton Papers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1984-2019 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Aton, James M.
Title: James M. Aton Papers,
Dates: 1984-2019 and undated
Abstract: The papers contain correspondence, audio recordings, and interview transcripts.
Collection # R58.1
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

James M. Aton earned a BA in English from Spring Hill College, MA in English from University of Kentucky, and PhD in American Literature from Ohio University in 1981. He has taught courses in writing, mythology, American Studies, and Continental European Literature at Southern Utah University since 1980, where he is Professor of English. Aton has been a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in American Studies in Indonesia and China. His work as appeared in The Georgia Review, Utah Historical Quarterly, Western American Literature, South Dakota Review, and Southwest Art and his monographs have been finalists for the Utah Book Award and won the Norris and Carol Hundley Award, Evans Handcart Award, 15 Bytes Book Award for Art, and the Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize.

Major publications include:

  • Aton, James M., and Jerry D. Spangler. The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition. University of Utah Press, 2018.
  • Aton, James M. The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones: Landscape Artist of the Canyon Country. Gibbs Smith Books, 2015
  • Aton, James M. Jim Jones: The San Blas Years. Southern Utah University Press, 2013.
  • Aton, James, M. John Wesley Powell: His Life and Legacy. University of Utah Press, 2010.
  • Aton, James M., and Dan Miller. The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon and the Green. Utah State University Press, 2009.
  • Aton, James M., and Robert S. McPherson. River Flowing from Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan. Utah State University Press, 2000.
  • Aton, James M. John Wesley Powell. Boise State University, 1994.

Scope and Content

The papers contain Aton’s correspondence with and about Barry Lopez, and notes, transcripts, and recordings of Aton's interviews with Lopez.

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 series based on material type and format.


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.

The SWC/SCL AV Department has created user access copies for the audio recordings in this collection. The original items are not available for playback.

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)
Aton, James M., 1949-
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945--Interviews.
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945--Horizon.
Authors, American--20th century--Interviews.
Authors, American--21st century--Interviews.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James M. Aton Papers, 1984-2019 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Donation, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by: Kristin Loyd, 2019

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Lopez, Barry, 1984-2018
2 Lyon, Tom (Western Literature Association), 1984-1986
3 Warner, Diane (Sowell Collection), 2019

Literary Production

box folder
1 4 Interview with Barry Lopez, introduction, drafts, [1984-1985]
5 Interview with Barry Lopez, edited transcript, [1984-1985]
6 Interview with Barry Lopez, edited transcript, includes correspondence, March 1985
7 Interview with Barry Lopez, questions, notes, and correspondence from [Ellesa Clay High?] and The Paris Review, 1984 and undated
8 Interview with Barry Lopez, transcript, [1984]
9 Interview with Barry Lopez, draft, 11 p., [2018-2019]
10 Interview with Barry Lopez, galley, p. 32-49, [2019]
11 Interview with Barry Lopez, publishing agreement with The Georgia Review, February 2019
12 Interview with Barry Lopez, questions and notes, [2018]
13 Interview with Barry Lopez, revised transcript, includes correspondence, January 2019
14 Interview with Barry Lopez, transcript, November 3, 2018


box folder
1 15 Articles by and about Barry Lopez, 1988-1991 and undated

Thumb Drive Printouts

box folder
1 16 Thumb drive inventory, May 2019
17 Abarry Lopez interview edited Jan. 3 2019, January 3, 2019
18 Aton and Lopez, February 6, 2019
19 Barry Lopez Interview November 2018 1x, November 20, 2018
20 Lopez Aton Interview_revised by Aton 2.4.19, February 4, 2019


box folder
1 1 Barry Lopez 1, at Dave Lee's house in Paragonah, UT, May 9, 1984
2 Barry Lopez 2, Finn Rock, Oregon, July 1984

Thumb Drive

box folder
1 3 Jones Book Aton, undated