The Wittliff Collections, located in the Alkek Library at Texas State University, comprise an archival research center, multiple exhibition galleries, and a special collections research library designed to further the cultural legacy of the region’s literary, photographic, music, and cinematic arts.

The Lonesome Dove Reunion and Trail will raise private support for the Wittliff Tomorrow Fund, a special reserve dedicated to the acquisition of important collections essential to the Wittliff Collections’ mission of public service.


About The Wittliff Collections

The Wittliff’s “Southwestern Writers Collection” preserves and exhibits the literary papers and artifacts of principal writers, filmmakers, and musicians, including works by J. Frank Dobie, Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard, Sandra Cisneros, John Graves, William Broyles, Jr., Gary Cartwright, Stephen Harrigan, Katherine Anne Porter, Edwin “Bud” Shrake, and Larry L. King, as well as the production archives of Texas Monthly magazine, Fox’s animated series King of the Hill, and the Lonesome Dove miniseries.

The Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, now one of the world’s foremost archives devoted to collecting the photographic arts of Mexico and the southwestern United States, includes holdings by artists such as Ansel Adams, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Rodrigo Moya, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Edward Curtis, Russell Lee, Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, and Graciela Iturbide.

The Collections publish an award-winning series of literary and photography books, primarily with the University of Texas Press. The Collections also host nearly 100 free public events each year, including major photography and literary exhibition openings and symposia, readings by visiting writers, and classes and public tours.

The voices and visions of any region’s artists are shaped by the history and myth, traditions, and relationships of its people. This “Spirit of Place” is at the very heart of the Wittliff Collections – it is the keystone that joins the literary and photographic archives of the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection.

The Wittliff Collections are located on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. Admission is free and open to the public.

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