Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Walter McDonald Papers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1958-2015 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator McDonald, Walter
Title: Walter McDonald Papers,
Dates: 1958-2018 and undated
Abstract: The collection contains materials related to the career of Walter McDonald.
Collection # S 1634.2
Quantity: 5 boxes (5 linear feet) and 1 oversize folder
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born on July 18, 1934 in Lubbock, Texas, Walter Robert (Walt) McDonald was Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of English and Poet in Residence at Texas Tech University until his retirement in May 2002. After graduating from Lubbock High School, he received his B.A. (1956) and M.A. (1957) from Texas Technological College. While on active duty as a pilot in the U. S. Air Force, he received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 1966.

Walt served as Texas State Poet Laureate for 2001. He has published eighteen collections of poems and a book of fiction, including All Occasions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), Blessings the Body Gave (Ohio State, 1998), The Flying Dutchman (Ohio State, 1987), Counting Survivors (Pittsburgh, 1995), Night Landings (Harper & Row, 1989), Rafting the Brazos (North Texas, 1988), After the Noise of Saigon (Massachusetts, 1988). He has published over 2,100 poems in journals and collections.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials related to the career of Walter McDonald, including literary manuscripts, awards, sound and video recordings, and photographs.

The collection is in good condition.


The collection is organized into nine series by type and format of material.


Access Restrictions

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Please contact the Reference Librarian at least 10 days in advance to make viewing arrangements.

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)
McDonald, Walter.
McDonald, Walter--Archives.
McDonald, Walter--Manuscripts.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University--Dept. of English.
Subjects (Places)
Poets--Twentieth century.

Related Materials:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter McDonald Papers, 1958-2015 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2017

Processing Information

Processed by: Taylor Packebush, Kristin Loyd, 2018

Collection Inventory

Literary Production

box folder
1 1 After the Noise of Saigon, cover, [1987]
2 Anything Anything, cover, [1980]
3 Counting Survivors, cover, [1995]
4 The Flying Dutchman, cover, [1987]
5 Night Landings, cover, [1989]
6 One Thing Leads to Another, cover, [1978]
7 Rafting the Brazos, cover, [1988]
8 Splitting Wood for Winter, cover, [1988]
9 Where Skies Are Not Cloudy, cover, [1993]
10 Witching on Hardscrabble, cover, [1985]
11 Working Against Time, cover, [1981]
12 Coincidence in the Novel: A Necessary Technique, in College English, vol. 29 no. 5, 1968
13 Faith is a Radical Master, includes images of book covers, [2015?]
14 Book 19, undated
15 "Book 19 - New poems to add or substitute for…," [2001?]
16 "New Ones…of Book 19/Book GLPP…," 2000-2001
17 "For book 21 or Book GLPP…," [2001?]
18 "Book 22 - more possible ones to consider…," undated
19 "Poems for Book 22, undated
20 "Book 23 Selected," March 2004
21 "New Book 23," December 2003
22 "Book 23X, River of the Arms of God," 2003
23 "Extras - for Book 23X maybe," [2003?]
24 "Maybe for Book 23X, someday," 2001-2002 and undated
25 "Book 25 Rockies," 1992-2002 and undated
26 "/P-/P7," 1978-1986 and undated
27 "/P8-/P11," [1998] and undated
28 "/P12-/P14," 1997-[1999] and undated
29 "/P15-/P18B-/P19," 1995-[1999] and undated
30 "IMP/Duplicate set of poems ([?] readings)," 1992-2003 and undated
31 List of poems and publications, February 2003
32 "Prev. publ. poems sent to and accepted by ezines," 1978-1997 and undated
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1 33 Faculty Distinguished Research Award, Texas Tech Univ., 1995
34 Hawthorne School of Aeronautics, Certificate of Graduation, 1958
35 Senate Proclamation No. 1306, Texas State Poet Laureate, 2001
36 Texas Tech Univ., Horn Professor, undated
37 Texas Tech Univ. Library Annual Faculty and Staff Book Exhibit, 1989
38 Western Heritage Awards, programs, 1990-1993

Press Catalogs

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1 39 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Press catalogs, 2005-2007
40 Leafwood Publishers catalog, 2007-2008
41 University of Notre Dame University Press catalogs, 2000-2001


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1 42 Biedler, Philip D., Re-Writing America, excerpts, [1991]
43 Biographical notes for Carol Ham and Walter McDonald, undated


box folder
2 1 Media inventory, undated
2 1/4 in. film: Joseph Heller's Speech, NY, December 1970
3 CD: Masters of Modern American Art Song, October 27, 2005
4 CD: Walt's poetry reading at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, Cullen Auditorium, January 29, 2004
5 CD: The Writer's Almanac, November 2004
6 CD: The Writer[']s Almanac, October-November 2011
7 Cassette: "Cabbages & Kings" -- Sheila Martindale reading Walt's poems on radion, London, Ont., October 10-13, 1985
8 Cassette: Cabbages & Kings, Walter McDonald, October 10-13, 1985
9 Cassette: New Letters on the Air, Contemporary Writers on Radio, University of Missouri, undated
10 Cassette: Poetry Reading, Jones-McDonald, February 4, 1974
11 Cassette: Poetry Reading, Jones-McDonald, February 4, 1974
12 Cassette: Poetry Southwest with Paul Christensen & Walt McDonald, TEXAS A&M, November 10, 1978
13 Cassette: A Prickly Pear Recording, Six Texas Poets Read from their Work, 1988
14 Cassette: Walter McDonald Reading His Poetry and Prose at Hardin-Simmons Univer., April 4, 1978
15 Cassette: [The] Writer's Almanac, (Garrison Keillor Reading), September 1994
16 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, January 1995
17 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, January 1997
18 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, October 1997
19 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, (A Brief, Familiar Story of Winter), November 1997
20 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, (The Middle Years), January 1998
21 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, includes business card, January 1999
22 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, February 1999
23 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, November-December 1999
24 Cassette: The Writer's Almanac, October 2000
25 Cassette: Walt McDonald, Anchors Class, June 20, 2004
26 Cassette: Walt McDonald, Anchors Class, June 27, 2004
27 Cassette: Walter McDonald, Tape One, First Lesson, Shallowater, January 18, 1972
28 Cassette: Dr. McDonald, Tape One-Side One, Side Two, January 25, [1972?]
29 Cassette: [Dr. McDonald], Tape Two, Side One; Tape Two, Side Two, January 25, [1972?]
30 VHS: Cowboy Hall of Fame 1992 Awards, Walt McDonald, 1992
31 VHS: "Getting Poems Started: Accepting the Regions You Own (or which Own You).", Talk/reading, Amarillo College, April 22, 1989
32 VHS: Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest, (Billy Feeler), Midland College Poetry Reading, November 15, 1994
33 VHS: Hilda Simmons Levitt, Sixteenth Annual Poetry Competition 2004 Awards Presentation, April 27, 2004
34 VHS: Insights, UCA/University of Central Arkansas, WMcD - TV Interview, October 1, 1997
35 VHS: Poet Laureate, (Ch. 28), March 25, 1999
36 VHS: Press Conference, "Poet Laureat Selection," August 21, 2000
37 VHS: Texas Tech, Home of Champions, undated
38 VHS: Virgina Currents #314, Shelley Wagner, The Andrew Poems, undated
39 VHS: Wayland Baptist University, The Willson Lectures: Dr. Walt McDonald, March 28, 2001
40 VHS: Walt McDonald, East Texas State Univ., October 18, 1989
41 VHS: Walt McDonald, Pittsburg State University, Visiting Writer, February 26, 2004
42 VHS: Walt McDonald Reading from His Work, Abilene, Texas, February 11, 1989
43 VHS: Walt McDonald: Workshop for Writing Teachers, Big Country Student Writing Day, Abilene, Texas, February 11, 1989
44 VHS: Walter McDonald - Distinguished Alumnus, Texas Tech University, 1988
45 VHS: Walter McDonald, Heberto Padilla, December 5, 1990
46 VHS: Walter McDonald, Heberto Padilla, Pittsburg, December 5, 1990
47 VHS: Western Heritage Awards, KWTV Ch. 9, April 2, 2000
48 VHS: WMcD Poetry reading/workshop, Permian Basin Chapter of Poetry Society of Texas, and UTPB, Midland, TX, October 18, 1997

Award Plaques

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3 1 Black and white photograph, four men in front of USAF plane, in brown frame, undated
2 The Teaching Academy, AMOCO Outstanding Teaching Award, 1983-1984
3 The Teaching Academy, El Paso Natural Gas Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, 1996
4 The Teaching Academy, President's Academic Achievement Award, 1989
5 The Teaching Academy, President's Excellence in Teaching Award, 1992
6 USAF Academy English Department In Appreciation, 1960-1971
7 Western Writers of America, 2005 Spur Award, Poetry, 2005
box folder
4 1 Ex-Students Association and Texas Tech University, Distinguished Alumunus, 1988


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4 2 The Barn on the Farm We're Buying, poem and photograph on blue matte/posterboard, undated
3 Blessings the Body Gave, dust jacket, [1998]
4 Dust storm, black and white photograph on posterboard, undated
5 Faith Is a Radical Master, poem on white posterboard, undated
6 Photos from All That Matters, Settling the Plains, print, 1992
7 Phtos from All That Matters, A Brief, Familiar Story of Winter, print, 1992
8 Photos from All That Matters, Starting a Pasture, print, 1992
9 Plains and The Art of Writing, poem and photograph on blue matte/posterboard, undated
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5 1 7th Annual Westview Writers' Festival, poster, (5 copies), October 22, 1998
2 A.C. Greene Award Presented to Walt McDonald, 2002
3 After the Madness of Saigon, poem and photograph on poster board, undated
4 Author posterboard (photocopy), undated
5 Author posterboard (photocopy), with names attached, undated
6 Barnes & Noble Congratulates Professor Walt McDonald, Lubbock's Poet Laureate, poster, [2001?]
7 Barnes & Noble Welcome Dr. Walt McDonald, Counting Survivors, poster, (2 copies), [2005?]
8 Certificate of Aeronautical Rating, Second Lieutenant Walter Robert McDonald, September 3, 1958
9 Children Learn What They Live, broadside, 1963
10 [Chronology\plot of Catch-22?], (5 tabloid pages), photocopy, undated
11 Chronology - plot of Catch-22, in Heller's hand, (5 tabloid pages), photocopy, undated
12 Chronology - plot of Catch-22, from Heller's hand-written chart, (5 tabloid pages), photocopy, undated
13 Drying Up, poem and photograph, mounted on blue poster board, undated
14 The Last Bale Before Christmas, poem and photograph, undated
15 McDonald, Walter, After the Noise of Saigon, dust jacket, [1987]
16 McDonald, Walter, All Occasions, dust jacket, [2000]
17 McDonald, Walter, All That Matters, dust jacket (15 copies), [1992]
18 McDonald, Walter, Burning the Fence, dust jacket, 1981
19 McDonald, Walter, Caliban in Blue, dust jacket, [1976]
20 McDonald, Walt, Crossing the Road, broadside, No. 1/50, 2004
21 McDonald, Walt, Whatever the Wind Delivers, dust jacket, [1999]
22 Nearing the End of the Century, poem and photograph, undated
23 Office of the Mayor, City of Lubbock, Proclamation of Poet Laureate of Lubbock, April 1, 1999
24 The People's Poetry Series Presents…Walt McDonald, poster, January 29, 2004
25 Pitt Poetry 1996, University of Pittsburg Press, poster, 1996
26 Poet Walter McDonald reading from his work, LBJ Student Center, poster, undated
27 The Price They Paid for Range, poem and photograph on poster board, undated
28 Print of windmill with quote from Man of La Mancha (front); Print of Lloyd Mitchell's Hang in There Ol' Buddy (back), pasted on cardboard, undated
29 Rep. Bob Hunter (Abilene), Walt McD., Robt Duncan, Jim Haggard (MWU), Sen.\Rep. from Witchita Falls, photograph with signed matte, includes 2 color photos, 2000
30 San Antonio Conservation Society Citation for Walter McDonald for All That Matters, October 27, 1993
31 Senate of the State of Texas, Texas Professor of the Year, October 30, 1992
32 Texas Book Festival, poster, November 5-7, 1999
33 Texas Tech University, Texas Professor of the Year, on white poster board, 1992
34 Walter McDonald 2001 State Poet Laureate, photograph at Texas Capital, 2001
35 Walter McDonald, reading from his poetry, poster, (2 copies), April 12, 1993
36 Walter R. McDonald, Appointment as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, August 12, 1960
37 Whatever the Wind Delivers, poem and photograph, [1999]
38 Whatever the Wind Delivers, Signing at Barnes & Noble, poster, (3 copies), February 12, 2000
39 Whatever the Wind Delivers, poem and photograph on poster board, [1999]

OS 27.6.1

1 Teter, Lee, Reflections, print with green matte, includes Vietnam Veterans National Metal, 1984-1988
2 Walter McDonald 2001 State Poet Laureate, poster, (top half), 2001
3 Walter McDonald 2001 State Poet Laureate, poster, (bottom half), 2001
4 The Digs in Escondido Canyon, dust jacket, [1991]
5 All That Matters, dust jacket, [1992]
6 A Band of Brothers, dust jacket, [1989]
7 Barnes & Noble Welcomes Lubbock's Poet Laureate, poster, undated
8 Living on the Plains, poem and photograph on blue matte, undated
9 My Brother in Summer, poem and photograph on blue matte, undated
10 Wind and Hardscrabble, poem and photograph on blue matte, undated
11 Mounds at Estacado, poem and photograph on blue matte, undated
12 Mercy and the Brazos River, poem and photograph on blue matte, undated
13 All That Matters, cover on posterboard, undated
14 "These poems and matching photos are from," 2 large brown envelopes, undated


1 Texas Book Festival Honors Walt McDonald, Bookend Award, 2004