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    The Wittliff Collection at Texas State University

    Instructing  •  Illuminating  •  Inspiring

    Founded in 1986, the Wittliff Collections are devoted to collecting and preserving the creative legacy of the Southwest and to fostering “the spirit of place” in the wider world through the acquisition of significant archives and works of the Southwest’s literature, film and music, as well as the photography of the Southwest and Mexico. The Wittliff Collections welcome visitors, tours, and classes, host lectures, readings, and symposia, assist researchers, and present major exhibitions year-round from their archival repositories in over 6,600 square feet of viewing space.

    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, as well as the production archives of Texas Monthly magazine, Fox’s animated series King of the Hill, and the CBS miniseries Lonesome Dove

    The Southwestern and 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.  

    The Wittliff Collections, including the Southwestern Writers Collection and theSouthwestern & Mexican Photography Collection , are located on the 7th floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library on the Texas State. Please call or check our website for current exhibit hours and special event information.

    Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Saturday-Sunday: By Appointment Only

    Current Exhibits click HERE


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    Texas State - Alkek Library

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