Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Barry Lopez:

An Inventory of the Barry Lopez Papers: Requests for Book Jacket Blurbs, 2003-2004 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Lopez, Barry, 1945-
Title: Barry Lopez Papers: Requests for Book Jacket Blurbs,
Dates: 2003-2004 and undated
Abstract: Galley and reading copies, manuscripts, and correspondence pertaining to requests for Barry Lopez to write book jacket blurbs endorsing and supporting new publications, as well as correspondence and mansucript when he served, at the request of Barbara Kingsolver, as a judge for the Bellwether Prize.
Collection # R23.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (2 linear feet)
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. Since 2003 he has been Visiting University Scholar at Texas Tech University. He lives on the McKenzie River in rural western Oregon.

Book publications include:

  • 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.

Scope and Contents

The collection 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.

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 by type of material: correspondence; galley/reading copies, manuscripts; CD; and uncorrected proofs.


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- --Correspondence


Bellwether Prize
Authors, American--20th Century
American literature--21st Century
Social justice
Natural history
Natural history in literature

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collection:

  • Barry Lopez Papers, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Speaking Engagement Papers, 1971-1999 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Photograph Collection: Apológia, 1977
  • Barry Lopez Audio-Visual Collection, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Photograph Collection, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Rick Bass Papers, 1958-2001 and undated
  • Max Crawford Papers, 1960-2000 and undated
  • David James Duncan Papers, 1959-2002 and undated
  • David James Duncan Artifact Collection
  • David James Duncan Oversize Items, 1959-2002 and undated
  • Gretel Ehrlich Papers, 1923-2005 and undated
  • Edward Hoagland Papers, 1953-2007 and undated
  • William Kittredge Papers, 1954-2000 and undated
  • Walter McDonald Papers, 1945-2003 and undated
  • Bill McKibben Papers, 1971-2001 and undated
  • Doug Peacock Papers, 1950-2000 and undated
  • David Quammen Papers, 1956-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1960-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1977-2000
  • Annick Smith Papers, 1940-2000 and undated
  • Sandra Scofield Papers, 1958-2005 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barry Lopez Papers: Requests for Book Jacket Blurbs, 2003-2004 and undated Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Purchase, 2004

Processed by

Dr. Diane Warner, 2008.

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Barry Lopez, letter explaining the collection, Nov. 30, 2004
2 Requests for endorsements, received with galley/reading copy, manuscripts, uncorrected proofs; Lopez’s replies included, Aug. 2003-Nov. 2004
3 Requests for endorsements, received without copy; Lopez’s replies included, Oct. 2003-Nov. 2004 and undated
4 Request to be literary judge, The Bellwether Prize, 2003-2004 and undated


Galley/reading copies, manuscripts,

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1 5 Cloud Seeding, by Stacy Gillett Coyle, Oct. 17, 2003
6 Breathing Underwater: Lessons of the Deep, by Corey Fischer, July 15, 2003
7 A Sudden Country: a Novel, by Karen Fisher, [2004]
8 Icons of Loss and Grace: Moments from the Natural World, by Susan Hanson, July 17, 2003
9 Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness, Murder, and the Collision of Cultures in the Arctic, 1913, [by McKay Jenkins, 2004]
10 The Children’s Blizzard, by David Laskin, [2004]
11 The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World, by Robert McGhee, Nov. 24, 2003
12 All My Relations: Living with Animals as Teachers and Healers, by Susan Chernak McElroy, June 24, 2004
13 A Chorus of Buffalo: A Personal Portrait of an American Icon, by Ruth Rudner, Sept. 15, 2003
14 Rock Me on the Water: Down the River of Remembrance, written and illustrated by Renny Russell, 2004
15 The Greening: A Novel, by Michael Strelow, June 7, 2004
16 Correcting the Landscape, [by Marjorie Kowalski Cole], Bellwether Prize, [2004?]



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2 1 The Last Places on Earth, by Meola, [2 PDF files of photographs], May 11, 2004


Uncorrected Proofs and Books

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2 2 Stillness is the Opening: A Write Around Portland Anthology, 2003
3 The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change, by Charles Wohlforth, 2004
4 The Face of a Naked Lady: An Omaha Family Mystery, by Michael Rips, [2004?]
5 American Purgatorio, by John Haskell, [2004?]
6 The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, by Paul Roberts, 2004
7 Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver, 2004
8 The Last Giant of Beringia: The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge, by Dan O’Neill, 2004
9 Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America, by William Souder, 2004
10 On the Wild Edge: In Search of a Natural Life, by David Petersen, [2004?]
11 A Dog’s History of America: How Our Best Friend Explored, Conquered, and Settled a Continent, by Mark Derr, 2004
12 Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan, by Todd Tucker, 2004
13 Wild Animus, by Rich Shapero, 2004
14 Confluence: A River, the Environment, Politics, & the Fate of All Humanity, by Nathaniel Tripp, [2004?]
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3 1 About Grace: A Novel, by Anthony Doerr, [2004]
2 Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws, and the Demise of an American Dream, by Dennis Covington, [2003?]
3 Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last Wild Indian, by Orin Starn, 2003
4 The Blind Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers, by Eric Hansen, 2004
5 Nature Noir: A Park Ranger’s Patrol in the Sierra, by Jordan Fisher Smith, 2004
6 Elephas Maximus: A Portrait of the Indian Elephant, by Stephen Alter, 2004
7 The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind, by Gary Ferguson, 2004