Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Hosting College Baseball Display

The exhibit will feature items donated by various college baseball players and coaches.


Items on display through August.

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame will host its annual Night of Champions ceremony on Saturday (July 2) at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. Each year the best players and coaches from the season are recognized, and a new class is inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Part of the induction includes the past and present players and coaches giving oral histories and providing memorabilia to the exhibit. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University is the repository for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. This yearly exhibit displays memorabilia and donations such as lockers, cleats, gloves, bats, a Hall of Fame poster and other items of interest from various college baseball players and coaches representing the history of the game.

Inductees for the 2016 class include former University of Texas coach Augie Garrido, former University of Houston player Tom Paciorek and former Florida State University standout J.D. Drew.

The items will be on display at Southwest Collection through August.

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