Texas Tech Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Holiday Ornament Program

(VIDEO) Ornaments from all 20 years are available through the President's Office

Since 1997, the Office of the President has released an ornament to mark the holiday season. This year's ornament, the 20th edition, commemorates the Victory Bells. Sarah Stracener, coordinator of presidential services and communications, said on average, 3,000 ornaments are sold every year.

"There are people that have been collecting them since 1997 and they are ready and they know the timeline and they want them right away," she said.

The ornaments are available for purchase year-round through the Office of the President. Proceeds from ornament sales will fund student scholarships at Texas Tech University.

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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