Opening Reception to Kick Off Dirk West Exhibit at Texas Tech

The editorial cartoonist and journalist was known for his caricatures of collegiate mascots.

WHAT: The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University will host an opening reception for an exhibit featuring the work of editorial cartoonist and journalist Dirk West. West's son, Tom, will speak at the reception.

The exhibit features cartoons, posters, game programs and books created by West, a Lubbock native and Texas Tech alumnus. Also featured are pieces for which West is best remembered: collegiate mascot caricatures, including Raider Red.

The exhibit will be on view through February 2017.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday (Oct. 14)

Raider Red will make an appearance at 4:30 p.m., before the event officially begins.

WHERE: Formby Room, Texas Tech Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, 15th Street & Detroit Ave.

Parking is available in the pay-to-park lot located south of the Department of Psychological Sciences near 18th Street or after 5:30 p.m. in any visitor pay-to-park areas.

WHO: Born in Littlefield in 1928, West moved to Lubbock when he was six months old and later graduated from Lubbock High School, where he drew cartoons for the school paper. He attended Texas Tech, where he also drew cartoons for The University Daily, now The Daily Toreador, and graduated in 1954 with a degree in advertising.

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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