Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and Texas Tech University Press to Host Lauro Cavazos for Book Signing

The event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month.


WHAT: Lauro Cavazos, 10th president of Texas Tech University, will sign copies of his book "A Kineno's Journey: On Family, Learning and Public Service" with co-author Gene Preuss.

Cavazos received a master's degree from Texas Tech and his doctoral degree from Iowa State University. He went on to teach at the Medical College of Virginia and the Tufts University School of Medicine, where he also served as the dean for five years. He later served as the U.S Secretary of Education, and in 1980, Cavazos rejoined Texas Tech as the university's 10th president. He was the first Hispanic and graduate of the university to serve as president.

Preuss is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston Downtown campus. He wrote "To Get a Better School System: One Hundred Years of School Reform in Texas."

Refreshments will be served and Texas Tech University Press will have books available for purchase.

President Schovanec is scheduled to attend.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 5)

WHERE: Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Parking will be available in the lot south of the library.

CONTACT: John Brock, marketing manager, Texas Tech University Press, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5609 or

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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

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Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) publishes a variety of titles each year ranging from nonfiction titles in natural history and the natural sciences to works in costume and textile history and all aspects of the Great Plains and the American west especially biography, history, memoir and travel. The press also publishes fiction, young adult and childrens titles, a mystery series and an annual poetry selection.