Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Southwest Collection:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1952-1997, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Southwest Collection
Title: Southwest Collection Records,
Dates: 1952-1997
Abstract: The collection contains items dealing with the history of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.
Collection # U 165.1
Quantity: 1 box (1.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

After the opening of Texas Technological College, the library started gathering manuscript material. As the potential of the collection became obvious, it was separated into an entity of its own. The archives, named the Southwest Collection, had its first official location in the basement of what was then the West Texas Museum (now called Holden Hall). Over the years, the collection grew in size and reputation. In 1963, the collection was moved from its home of 8 years and placed in the basement of the library (now the Math building). Once again the archives outgrew its location. In 1997, the Southwest Collection moved into its new building, located just north of the main Library. The archives was renamed the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

Scope and Content

This one box (1.0 linear feet) collection contains a variety of items relating to the history of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Libraries. Included is early correspondence that dealt with the 1955 opening of the Southwest Collection, letters expressing the need for more space (at both the Museum and Math Building locations), news clippings regarding major donations in the early years of the collection, notes used to compile a guide to the W.C. Holden Collection, and collection guides from 1952 and 1967-68.

Transferred to the Photographs division were 15 photographs and 9 negatives dating between 1956 and 1981. There is also a envelope of negatives and a contact sheet from the opening of the new Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building.



This collection is a compilation of several small collections. Some of which were given by individual members of the SWC/SCL staff (T. Kreidler and J. Neugebauer, and L. Vanzant.). Other parts of the collection were collected over the years by the staff as a whole.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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 (People)
Conner, Seymour V.
Hill, Damon
Holden, William Curry, 1896-
Jackson, Leete
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College. Southwest Collection
Texas Tech University. Southwest Collection
Manuscripts--Southwestern States--Catalogs
Special Libraries--Lubbock (Tex.)

Related Material

Southwest Collection Records, 1947-1981 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southwest Collection Records, 1952-1997, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):
1995-0078-B, 1997-0090-B, 1997-0121-C and 1998-0013-B

Gifts, 1995-1998

Processed by

Elizabeth Johnston Vasquez, 1998

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Biographical Information Sheets, undated
2 "Builders of the Southwest" distribution records, 1959
3 Building Program Draft: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, 1994
4 Collection Descriptions, 1967-1968
5 Correspondence, 1952-1957
6 Correspondence, 1955 and undated
7 Holden Papers Guide: Corrected Copy, 1993
8 Holden Papers Guide: Drafts, 1991
9 Holden Papers Guide: Grant Proposal, 1991
10 Holden Papers Guide: Introductions, 1991
11 Holden Papers Guide: Notes- Alkali Trails, 1991
12 Holden Papers Guide: Notes- Alton Hutson, 1991
13 Holden Papers Guide: Notes- Espuela Land & Cattle, 1991
14 Holden Papers Guide: Notes - Field Work & Antiquities, 1991
15 Holden Papers Guide: Notes- Holden Family Materials, 1991
16 Holden Papers Guide: Notes- Mayhugh Family Papers, 1991
17 Holden Papers Guide: Notes- Teresita, 1991
18 Interview Project of the Southwest Collection, undated
19 Minutes: West Texas Museum Association, 1956
20 News Clippings, 1956-1959
21 News Clippings, 1960-1965
22 News Clippings, 1966-1969
23 News Clippings, 1970-1976
24 Publications of Roy Sylvan Dunn, 1965-1967
25 Publicity, 1952-1978
26 Publicity, 1959-1974
27 Publicity, 1967-1969 and undated
28 Report to the President, May 1977
29 Reports, 1952
30 Reports on Southwest Collection Services, 1964-1966 and undated
31 Ribbon from Dedication of SWC/SCL Building, 1997
32 Scrapbook Materials, 1960-1983
33 Southwest Collection: Early Correspondence, 1954-1956 and 1963
34 Southwest Collection Program, 1955 and undated
35 Southwest Conference, 1956
36 Space Problems of the Southwest Collection (in the Museum), undated



Farmer doing farm work (4 negatives), undated
Student assistants of the Southwest Collection holding a microfilm roll (1 print), undated
Dr. Seymour V. Conner accepting a collection (1 print), 1956
E. R. Heineman observing a Southwest Collection exhibit (1 print), 1956
Mrs. Arrington viewing a collection (1 print), 1957
Sylvann Dunn in front of Memorial Book (1 print), 1958
Aerial view of campus (1 print), 1959
Last football game in old Jones Stadium (1 print), November 1959
Accepting a collection (3 prints), 1974
Accepting a collection (1 print), 1974
Damon Hill and Leete Jackson (1 print), 1975
Women's Study Club, Lorenzo, Texas (3 prints), 1981