Texas Tech Shares Its Magna Carta on 800th Anniversary

The document is part of The Remnant Trust housed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

On June 15, 1215, the Magna Carta was signed in England. Texas Tech University has two printings of the famous document. One is a 1576 printing that is part of The Remnant Trust.

(Note: The Magna Carta is also known as The Magna Charta.)

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Remnant Trust

The Remnant Trust is now open to the public.

The collection includes both printed and handwritten works and encompasses genres such as politics, economics, mathematics, science, history, philosophy and religion. Other notable works include one of three known copies of the third Dunlap printing of Declaration of Independence from 1776 and a first edition King James Bible from 1611. Read more>>

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

The Board of Regents of then-Texas Technological College formally established the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library in 1955, but the librarys collection dates to the early years of Texas Tech.

The largest rare-book library in 130,000 square miles, the major historical repository and research center spans a 78,000-square-foot facility with climate-controlled stacks and pulls tens of thousands of individual items to answer research requests from all over the world. In total, the SWC/SCL houses 22 million historical items, including the master Coronelli globe, constructed in 1688 and once owned by William Randolph Hearst.

The SWC/SCL offers:

  • more than 1,600 manuscript collections
  • 80,000 volumes related to the region
  • 4,000 oral history interviews
  • nearly one million accessible photographs
  • 1,500 newspaper and periodical titles
  • 8,000 reels of microfilm and videotape