Southwest Collection

The Southwest Collection Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible archival collections of regional, national, and international significance.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University holds archives of national and international significance. It is one of the one of the top academic research repositories in the country. The marquee unit of the institution is the Southwest Collection, which encompasses millions leaves of documents, over a hundred thousand books, millions of photographs, thousands of or

Operating as usual


Please come and visit this once-in-a-century exhibit here at the Southwest Collection!


May the Fourth be with you! It’s Star Wars Day! Pictured here is a complete press kit from the original Star Wars film, which premiered on May 25, 1977.


It’s…Artifact Friday! Where we’re probin’ and needlin’ and sewin’ and such.

Timeline photos 03/17/2023

It’s…Artifact Friday! This medal is ride or die, and gets the thanks it deserves for it.


Western Wednesday, y’all! Not a day to mess with her, I tell ya what.

Photos from Lubbock Arts Alliance's post 03/11/2023

Happy to contribute!

Timeline photos 03/08/2023

Wednesday? Map Day! Featuring “A geographically correct county map of states traversed by the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway and its connections” from 1875.

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Never have we felt more seen, Sowell Collection!

Archivists when someone asks why we don't have everything digitized and available online.


It’s…Artifact Friday! We don’t know how one of our donors got ahold of this. One person told me to type “We don’t know MAO they got ahold of it.” I said no.

Photos from Southwest Collection's post 02/27/2023

After a cold winter the Official Fox of the Southwest Collection is back, and has found a sunny spot to enjoy.

Timeline photos 02/24/2023

It’s…Artifact Friday! Featuring a commemorative coin from the American Legion Riders of Kansas.

Timeline photos 02/22/2023

It’s Western Wednesday, y’all! Where we take a look at a little agriculture from Greeley, Colorado.


It’s…Artifact Friday! Are your signs courtesy of these courteous banks? Yeah, we thought not.

Timeline photos 02/15/2023

Wednesday? Map Day! Featuring “Arizona and New Mexico” from 1867.

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Some Lubbock history for your enjoyment!


It’s…Artifact Friday! Featuring a medal from the “Asiatic Pacific Campgain.”

Timeline photos 01/27/2023

It’s…Artifact Friday! Here in Lubbock, Texas, home of 3,800 motel rooms (although that “8” makes us suspect there were fewer when they printed this sign.)

Timeline photos 01/25/2023

Wednesday? Map Day! Featuring “Map of the territories & Pacific states” from 1865.

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It’s…Artifact Friday! We don’t really like to find these in our collections, but it happens.


From our colleagues across campus in Arts and Sciences. We agree!

With this colder weather, who else is wishing for a bit of snow on Holden?

Photo courtesy of Southwest Collection


It’s Western Wednesday, y’all! And awaaaaay we go!

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SWC's Friday Moment of Nature, Near the Dairy Barn
Southwest Collection's Moment of Nature
What y’all doin? Feedin’ chickens.(c/o Texas in Review, 1954)
Tonight, we suspect, cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey, whose papers we hold, is taking to the mic to host the Cowboy...




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