Chris Oglesby Collection, Exhibit Now at Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

The collection with the Crossroads of Music Archive is open for research.


The Crossroads of Music Archive in the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) has opened the Chris Oglesby collection for research. The author donated the research materials used for his book "Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music" in January. The collection includes many pieces such as biographies, correspondence, photographs and audio interviews. An exhibit showcasing the collection is in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue.

Curtis Peoples, archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, curated the exhibit and Lyn Stoll, exhibitions and outreach for SWC/SCL, facilitated it.


The 10th anniversary of the book's publication was on Sept.1, and Oglesby will do a book signing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 15) at the Tornado Gallery located at 1822 Buddy Holly Ave.

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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