Alkek Library News

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Library Collections Unite Under New Name: the Wittliff Collections

The Southwestern Writers Collection and Wittliff Gallery are now The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library.

When the Southwestern Writers Collection was founded at the university library in 1986, its collecting activities focused on the literature, film, and music of the region. It was only several years later that the collection of photographs of the Southwest and Mexico began to form, and in 1996 the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography was formally christened.

Each collection, although operating as one organization within Texas State, continued to function separately for the most part in terms of archival activities, exhibitions, and public programming. However, it became increasingly complicated to explain how each repository was separate, but not separate.

In an effort to convey the composite nature of the collections, unite them under a common name, and acknowledge the great and generous contributions of the founding donors, the two counterparts will now be known officially as:

The Wittliff Collections

Where necessary, the terms “Southwestern Writers Collection” and “Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection” will be used to refer to the components of The Wittliff Collections.

Bookmark the new website address: which can be accessed for exhibits and events info, author and artist inventories, and much more.

We are in the process of changing all pertinent materials and documents.
At this time, all location codes in the library catalog will remain as they are.

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS offer a dynamic archival, exhibition, programming, and research environment designed to further the cultural legacy of the region’s literary and photographic arts, and foster “the spirit of place” in the wider world.

The Southwestern Writers Collection preserves and exhibits the literary papers and artifacts of principal writers, filmmakers, and musicians, including the major archives of Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard, and John Graves, Fox’s animated series King of the Hill, and the CBS miniseries Lonesome Dove.

The Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection includes the major holdings of such renowned artists as Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, and Graciela Iturbide, and houses the largest archive of modern and contemporary Mexican photography in the United States.

Connie Todd, Curator
The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, 7th floor

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