Almost all of the old pictures shown during our Centennial Tour this week came from the Southwest Collection and Special Collections Library.
The 78,000 square foot building, which is on the Texas Tech campus between the university's library and agriculture pavilion, is one of the finest collection libraries in the nation. From sports and natural history to the history of the performing arts, the Southwest Collection houses thousands of reels of microfilm, original manuscript materials, military documents, books and business records.
More than 750,000 pictures have been cataloged for historical preservation. "The Southwest Collection itself is 23 million leaves of manuscript materials relating to the history, culture and economy of this place. Our rare books component is the largest academic rare books library within a 96,000 square miles of this place," said Monte Monroe with the Southwest Collection.
The Texas Tech Board of Regents formally established the Southwest Collection in 1955, but the school's first librarian, an avid historian, started collecting material when Texas Technological College was founded.
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