Wittliff collections

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Coordinates: 29°53′21.3″N 97°56′40.4″W / 29.889250°N 97.944556°W / 29.889250; -97.944556

The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
LocationSan Marcos, TX
Access and use
CirculationSpecial Collection (rare materials): does not circulate
Population servedmembers of the faculty, students, members of the public (appointment necessary)
Other information
DirectorDavid Coleman (Curator)
Staff10, including Asst. Curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection, Asst. Curator of the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, Asst. Curator of Acquisitions (vacant), Lead Archivist

The Wittliff Collections, located on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University, was founded by William D. Wittliff in 1987.[1] The Wittliff Collections include the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection.[2][2]


Southwestern Writers Collection[edit]

The Collection holds the papers of numerous 20th-century writers, including Jim Hightower,[3] Cormac McCarthy,[4] Larry McMurtry,[5] Willie Nelson,[6] Sam Shepard,[7] Bud Shrake,[8] Texas Monthly magazine,[9] and William D. Wittliff,[10] among others.

The film holdings contain over 500 film and television screenplays as well as complete production archives for several popular films, including the television miniseries Lonesome Dove.[11] The music holdings represent the breadth and scope of popular Texas sounds, and include primary source collections of Progressive country, Tejano music, Texas Blues (including Stevie Ray Vaughan), and Western Swing.[12]

Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection[edit]

The Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection assembles a broad range of photographic work from the Southwestern United States and Mexico, from the 19th-century to the present day. Contemporary imagery is emphasized. Materials also include photographs in books, manuscripts, serial publications, and ephemera related to the photographic arts.[13]

The Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection holds major collections of works by Keith Carter,[14] Russell Lee (vintage photographs),[15] Mariana Yampolsky,[16] Kate Breakey,[17] Rocky Schenck,[18] Graciela Iturbide,[19] Lázaro Blanco,[20] and Yolanda Andrade,[21] and others.[22]


  1. ^ "About". www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu. December 12, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b The Wittliff Collections Official site.
  3. ^ Jim Hightower Papers
  4. ^ Cormac McCarthy Papers.
  5. ^ Larry McMurtry Papers
  6. ^ Willie Nelson Papers
  7. ^ Sam Shepard Papers
  8. ^ Bud Shrake Papers,
  9. ^ Texas Monthly Archives
  10. ^ Bill Wittliff Papers
  11. ^ Lonesome Dove Archive
  12. ^ Museums USA
  13. ^ Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection
  14. ^ Keith Carter Collection
  15. ^ Russell Lee Collection
  16. ^ Mariana Yampolsky Collection
  17. ^ Kate Breakey Collection
  18. ^ Rocky Schenck Collection
  19. ^ Graciela Iturbide
  20. ^ Lázaro Blanco Collection
  21. ^ Yolanda Andrade
  22. ^ Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection

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